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  • Start: Angel Hill or Ram Meadow (about 10 mins walk)
  • End: Angel Hill or Ram Meadow (about 10 mins walk)
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub:
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer No 211
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Enjoy the festive season and shed any excess pounds on this exhilarating walk around the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds devised by Cyril Francis.

Enjoy the festive season and shed any excess pounds on this exhilarating walk around the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds devised by Cyril Francis.

The focal point of the route is the Gothic tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, seemingly floating above the rooftops and viewed from several vantage points. Elsewhere, the walk takes you through some of Burys backstreets and alleyways and past well-known landmarks such the gardens and ruins of a once great Benedictine Abbey, the Theatre Royal, Greene King brewery and St Marys Churchyard.

From the Angel Hill, pass through the Abbey Gate and continue straight ahead along a broad avenue with the Abbey Gardens on either side. Bear right beside a model of the former Abbey and continue ahead to cross a bridge over the River Lark.
Turn right, walk parallel with the river and shortly pass through some staggered metal railings. Maintain direction, now on a narrow earth path, for about another 600 yards and afterwards turn right to join a footway running beside the A134. Pass a petrol station and rugby club sportsfield to arrive at Southgate Green.
Cross the road in front with care and continue up Beech Rise. At the top of a slope turn right beside a footpath sign and continue down a narrow alleyway. Ignore a road going left and carry on straight ahead. Pass through an area liable to flooding and cross York Bridge.
With a watercourse unfurling either side of the path, shortly cross the access road leading to the Greene King distribution site. Further ahead, keep veering right and later cross a bridge over the River Linnet. Continue on a footway up Friars Street and turn right at the top end to join Westgate Street.
Pass the Theatre Royal on the right and afterwards the Greene King museum and visitor centre on the left. Cross Maynewater Lane in front and continue to St Marys Square. Turn left here into Sparhawk Street and walk its length to the next traffic junction adjacent to St Marys Church. Turn right, continue down Honey Hill and afterwards turn left in front of the magistrates court building.
Go forward a few more paces and then turn left to enter St Marys churchyard. A delightful avenue of trees now leads to St Edmundsbury Cathedral with the Norman Tower positioned on the left. Away to the right is a statue of St Edmund. Skirt the Cathedral on the right and exit through a gate in front.
Turn right, pass the Cathedrals main entrance and make your way back to the Angel Hill.


How to get there: From the Ipswich and Newmarket directions follow the A14 and take the exit for central Bury St Edmunds
Start and park: Angel Hill or Ram Meadow (about 10 mins walk)
Distance: 2.5 miles
Refreshments: Plenty of eateries and pubs in Bury St Edmunds
Terrain: Mostly undulating surfaced paths and a lengthy stretch of earth path that could be muddy in places. Suitable for the family and dogs on a lead.
Best map: OS Explorer No 211
Public toilets: Angel Hill
Public transport: Call 0871 200 2233



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