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  • Start: The Fleece pub
  • End: The Fleece pub
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Fleece and White Hart pubs in Boxford and Fox and Hounds at Groton
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer No 196
  • Difficulty: Medium
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What is the link between the quiet village of Groton and the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts? Find out on this pleasant country walk in the Boxford area, devised by Cyril Francis

What is the link between the quiet village of Groton and the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts? Find out on this pleasant country walk in the Boxford area, devised by Cyril Francis




This enjoyable walk starts from Boxford, an attractive village nestling in a valley some six miles from Sudbury. A mixture of field edge paths and quiet lanes take you to neighbouring Groton, the birthplace of John Winthrop, founder of the city of Boston and first Governor of Massachusetts. A fenced-in mulberry tree planted by members of the Winthrop family can be seen in a meadow with details of its history.



THE WALK


Pass The Fleece pub on the left and in a few more paces, turn left on to a restricted byway. Follow the gently rising hedge-lined path to emerge into a car park. Skirt a sports field on the right and go past a pavilion. At the next corner go through a hedge gap, bear left and continue on a narrow path that runs between a hedge and a boarded fence.
Turn left at the road ahead and afterwards turn right to join Sherbourne Street. Keep following the surfaced road, where it later bends right to pass a pond and Edwardstone House. Keep forward and just past a red post box, turn right on to a path that soon borders a field edge with a hedge on the left. Further ahead, look for a large gap in the hedgeline and turn left to enter a cultivated field.
Cross the field and go over a bridge the other side to enter the adjoining field. At the far boundary cross another bridge, go up some steps into the next field. Follow the hedge on the right and turn right at the next corner.
Walk towards the road in front and turn right. In another 75 yards turn left to enter Groton Croft.
A grassy path now leads to a large meadow. In front is a fenced-in Mulberry Tree. An information panel suggests that the tree may have been planted around 1550 by members of the local Winthrop family. Continue along the meadows right edge and walk towards the boundary corner. Pass through a gate and carry on through a plantation of trees. Afterwards, bear right and head across more pasture towards Groton church in front.
Turn right at the boundary, go forward a few paces and turn left through a gate to enter St Bartholomews churchyard. Skirt the church on the right and exit the churchyard.
Bear right to join a minor road and afterwards turn left beside a triangular strip of grass. Continue along the road and turn right just after passing a farm barn. Take a partially concreted path that later leads into the adjoining field. Cross the field and turn right at the boundary. Make for the bottom boundary and turn left into the sports field walked earlier. Retrace steps back to your departure point.




GET READY TO RAMBLE



How to get there: From Hadleigh take the A1071 in the direction of Sudbury. Go past Bower House Tye and just after the turning off to Calais Street, turn right to take a minor road leading down into Boxford.
Start & park: Small parking area opposite Fleece pub
Distance: 3 miles
Refreshments: Fleece and White Hart pubs in Boxford and Fox and Hounds at Groton
Terrain: Mostly field paths through undulating countryside. Some road walking.
Best map: OS Explorer No 196
Public transport: Call 0871 200 2233 for details

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