• Start: By the roadside near the village green
  • End: By the roadside near the village green
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: White Horse and Bear pubs in village
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer No 211
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Cyril Francis suggests a pretty three mile route around the attractive village of Beyton

Cyril Francis suggests a pretty three mile route around the attractive village of Beyton

This months walk takes you in and around the attractive village of Beyton. The village was bypassed by the new A45 (subsequently the A14), bringing relative peace and tranquility to the local community. Although Beyton has no post office or general stores, it does have two pubs, both of which welcome walkers. Some listed cottages surround the triangular shaped green, where youll find a childrens play area and village pond. Within the vicinity you may come across Beytons legendary flock or gaggle of geese, their presence perpetuated on the village sign.
Start by walking with the Green on your left. Soon pass over a watercourse, followed by the village sign depicting the local geese. With the Bear pub appearing over to the left, take the road signposted to Drinkstone. Pass the entrance to Beyton Middle School and, after about another 400 yards, turn right between metal railings to an entrance leading to a field edge path.
Soon the path swaps sides, with a hedge now on the right. Bear right at the top end and make your way through a narrow green corridor to arrive at All Saints Church. The church tower is unusual, with the buttressing making it look oval-shaped. The original church apparently fell apart in the early 1800s and was later rebuilt by the Victorians.
Exit the churchyard, cross Church Road and carry on straight ahead, passing a garage on the left. The path narrows somewhat and runs between hedgerows to eventually reach Quaker Lane. Cross over the lane and pass Quaker Farm buildings on the left. Turn right beside a metal gate and follow the fenced path out towards a meadow with a horse paddock on the right.
Just before reaching Chevins Wood in front, turn left and continue along a field edge path skirting woodland on the right. Away to the left across the fields is the village of Hessett, with the tower of St Ethelberts church acting as a local landmark. Carry on to the end of the wood, turn right and continue ahead to reach a restricted byway. Turn right here and follow a broad grassy path to reach a minor road.
Turn right and continue along the road for about another 500 yards. Swing right as directed by a finger post and follow a field edge path. Later on the official path bears left across cultivated land and heads towards a marker post in the far corner. However, it appears that the locals carry straight on and turn left at the boundary. Keep following the field edge and eventually reach Quaker Lane once more.
Turn right, continue along the lane and turn left just before meeting the next house in front. Shortly after passing through a broad entrance, look left for Oak Tree Pond, a small nature reserve managed for wildlife by Beyton Environmental Group. Continue ahead on grassy field edge paths and finally go down steps to reach Bury Road. Turn right, head back along the road and later turn left (optional) if you wish to skirt the village green and complete the circular walk.

How to get there: Beyton lies almost midway between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. From the A14 take the turning signposted to Beyton.
Start and park: By the roadside near the village green
Distance: About 3 miles
Refreshments: White Horse and Bear pubs in village
Terrain: Mostly good field edge paths mainly on the flat. Some road walking
Best map: OS Explorer No 211
Public toilets: None on route
Public transport: Call 0871 200 2233 for details

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