Get a bird's eye view

PUBLISHED: 01:16 18 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Get a bird's eye view

Get a bird's eye view

Historic streets, meandering green paths and a fantastic view - this walk around Eye has it all, says Cyril Francis

Historic streets, meandering green paths and a fantastic view - this walk around Eye has it all, says Cyril Francis

This enjoyable walk takes you in and around the small historic market

town of Eye. Narrow streets, lined with independent shops, eventually lead out to Town Moor, a leafy area re-planted after the ruins of the great storm of 1987. Later on, after crossing the shallow River Dove, much of the town can be viewed from afar along lengthy green paths and a minor road.

Eventually the route passes the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, considered one of the grandest in Suffolk. Located next door is the substantially timber-framed Guildhall, once the local grammar school, now a private house.

If you still have unspent energy, consider climbing some steps to the top of nearby Castle Mound, a viewpoint that gives a real panoramic eyeful of Eye.

The Walk

Leave the car park entrance and turn left to pass between the Queens Head pub and the Victorian town hall. Turn right at the war memorial and go south along Broad Street.

Turn right into Magdalen Street and later turn left opposite Grampian Foods to enter a recreational area. Go past the Moors Community Centre and onwards to the entrance of the Town Moor and Memorial Storm Wood.

Enter the woodland, an attractive mosaic of trees, ponds and sculptures; afterwards keeping to the left-hand side. Exit the plantation over a concrete bridge and join a field edge path known as the Moorhall Causeway. Turn right at the road in front and continue uphill to reach a barn at Moor Farm.

Cross over a stile on the left, enter a field of pasture and follow the right edge. Where the field narrows, turn left, cross over a footbridge and maintain direction to cross the River Dove in front. Turn left on to a green Park Lane and continue with a hedge on the left.

The impressive 101 feet high tower of the parish church soon appears, looming large over the town and surrounding countryside. Go past some fishing ponds that often attract a variety of wildfowl, pass under a metal barrier and keep forward on a track that leads to the Occold road.

Cross the road and continue straight ahead on a grassy path. Just before reaching a lane at the side of a house, look left for an amusing notice on a wall that threatens a fine of 40 shillings for anyone failing to shut the gate. Turn left on to the lane known as Ludgate Causeway and shortly pass the Pennings picnic site to reach the B1117.

Turn left, cross the Abbey bridge and continue along a footway. Just before the road bears slightly left, cross over to enter a churchyard. Pass St Peter and St Paul church on the left with the half-timbered Guildhall positioned nearby on the right. Continue along the length of Church Street to the junction with Broad Street. Pass the Queens Head and return back to your departure point.

Get ready to ramble

How to get there: From the Ipswich direction, take the A140 and turn off at Yaxley to join the B1117 signposted to Eye

Start & park:




Best map:


Public transport:

Call 0871 200 2233 for details
Cross Street
OS Explorer No 230
Mostly green paths, tracks and pasture.
Queens Head pub plus other food outlets in Eye
2.5 miles
Cross Street car park

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