• Start: Car park beside Mow Hill, Witnesham
  • End: Car park beside Mow Hill, Witnesham
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Barley Mow pub
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer Nos 197 & 211
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Cyril Francis takes the scenic route around Witnesham and the Fynn Valley

Cyril Francis takes the scenic route around Witnesham and the Fynn Valley

This pleasant walk takes you through part of Witnesham, a scattered village lying in the Fynn valley and straddling the B1077. Despite the presence of electricity pylons striding endlessly across the skyline, theres still plenty of natural beauty to enjoy; including a lengthy stretch of Green Lane. The celebrated cartoonist, Carl Giles, lived in the village, as did William Kirby. Kirby, considered by many to be the father of entomology, was born at Witnesham Hall in 1759 and died at nearby Barham in 1850.

Leave the car park, walk down the slope and turn right on to the footway. Go down Mow Hill and reach the war memorial and old village well in front. Turn right into Hall Road and carry on until you almost reach the last house. Turn left here to join a partially concealed narrow path running between buildings and leading to a concrete bridge. Crossover the bridge and head across pasture towards the hedge in front.
Veer left, climb up a slight bank and cross a stile. Turn right a few paces and enter the adjoining field. Now swing left and follow the field edge path with a hedge on the left. Keep following the gently rising path as it curves right at the upper boundary. Look for a hedge gap on the left, pass through and take a cross field path that shortly accompanies a hedge on the left.
Turn left on to a surfaced lane and just beyond Low Farm, turn right over a stile to cross a short stretch of pasture. Pass through a farm gate and cross a stile further on. Look straight ahead for the start of a narrow path that separates two fields. Cross the cultivated field and turn right at the boundary. Go forward a few paces and turn left through a hedge gap. Now turn right to join a delightful green lane. Stay on the lane and later walk beside a field edge to later regain the lane running between hedgerows.
Eventually leave the lane and turn right on to a grassy path that passes a tree plantation on the right with a hedge on the left. Turn right on to a surfaced road that later passes a large property set back on the left. Soon the hard surface peters out and is replaced by a rough in-fill with a high bank on the left. Walk steadily down a sunken lane and take the next turning right. Keep forward and reach the decorative building of Witnesham Hall.
Cross over a bank beside a ford and continue ahead beside the road. Just past St Marys Church turn right and take a permissive path that skirts the village hall on the left. Carry on ahead and cross a bridge with a small gate the other end. Pass to the front of Manor Farm and afterwards pass a converted property on the right. Go through a kissing gate and continue along the bottom of a shallow valley and afterwards a field edge path.
Maintain direction and continue down Mill Hill. Turn left briefly into Hall Road to reach Witnesham Street and turn left again. Continue along the footway and after passing the village sign, turn left back to the car park.

HOW TO GET THERE: From the Ipswich direction take the B1077 via Westerfield to reach Witnesham Street. Turn left up the sloping edge of a car park just past the village sign
START AND PARK: Car park beside Mow Hill, Witnesham
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
REFRESHMENTS: Barley Mow pub
TERRAIN: Mostly undulating field paths and green lane
BEST MAP: OS Explorer Nos 197 & 211
PUBLIC TOILETS: None on walk
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Call 0871 200 2233 for details

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