• Start: Main street Kersey.
  • End: Main street Kersey.
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Bell Inn, Kersey
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer No 196
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Is this Suffolk's prettiest walk? With its chocolate box looks, the picturesque village of Kersey is the perfect starting place for a walk to remember, says Cyril Francis

Is this Suffolk's prettiest walk? With its chocolate box looks, the picturesque village of Kersey is the perfect starting place for a walk to remember, says Cyril Francis

This months walk features picturesque Kersey, surely one of the most photographed villages in Suffolk. Visitors flock here for its wealth of period buildings and well-known water splash. The undulating walk route, seen at its best perhaps in the early springtime, takes you through a pastoral setting of cultivated fields and grassy slopes grazed by pedigree sheep. From time to time the high ground offers superb views of Kersey, unusual in that it was built across a valley rather than along it.

The walk

Walk up Church Hill, head towards St Marys church and climb some steps leading into the churchyard. From this elevated position, pause awhile and admire the scenic views over the village and beyond. The church, open at the time of walking, is well worth a peep inside.

Exit the churchyard through the lych gate and turn left. At the junction ahead turn right and go right again where the road bears left. Go downhill for a few paces and quickly turn left as signposted. Keep bearing left past a wall and conifer hedge to shortly reach a field edge. Continue to the road in front and turn right.

Stay on the road for the next 400 yards or so, take the next path going right as signposted and cross a short stretch of cultivated field. Enter the next field and continue with a hedge on the left. Look right for grand views of the village and church tower dominating the local countryside.

Pass a stile and maintain direction, keeping beside the field edge path, which eventually descends to the field boundary. Bear right and left at the bottom and continue along a broad margin to shortly pass through a thicket enclosing a stagnant pond.

Cross the field in front and afterwards turn right on to a minor road at Kersey Tye. Make your way down to Bridges Farm, passing between farm buildings as you go. Bear left beside a brick wall to quickly join a descending cart track.

Swing left at the bottom and afterwards pass through a gate to enter some pasture. Keep forward and afterwards veer right to skirt a stream on the left. Aim for the hedge in front and cross two stiles in quick succession. Keep to the left of a protective wire fence and walk through more pasture to eventually arrive beside a stile on the right and one positioned just in front. Turn left down some steps, cross a bridge with handrails and enter a lowland area with garden allotments shortly appearing on the left.

Continue ahead and turn left up a bank as signposted. (If you want to finish the walk, carry on straight ahead back to your start point). Pass beside the allotments, head up a field edge path and afterwards turn right to descend Priory Hill. Just after passing the entrance to Kersey Priory, bear right down a surfaced alleyway that leads back into Kersey street.


How to get there: From Hadleigh take the A1141 and later turn left to follow a minor road signposted to Kersey

Start & park: Main street Kersey. Please park with consideration for others

Distance: 3 miles

Refreshments: Bell Inn, Kersey
Tel: 01473 823229

Terrain: Rolling countryside with a mixture of grassy paths and some road walking

Best map: OS Explorer No 196

Public transport: Call 0871 200 2233
for details

Photograph by Mark Darrell

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