Walks And Walking – Suffolk Walks Stoke by Nayland Church Walking Route
Mary and I were booked in to the Stoke by Nayland Country Lodges and the general plan was for me to go out and sample the Suffolk walks available in Constable Country, that I had heard such great things about, whilst she indulged herself in some beauty treatments and a visit to the Stoke by Nayland Hotel and Spa.
We awoke to an amazing morning, clear blue skies and a nice clean crisp chill in the air, perfect walking weather for this time of the year so I mapped out a circular walking route that covered about 5 miles which would take me about 2 hours to complete.
From the Stoke by Nayland Country Lodges I walked down the drive as if heading back to the main Stoke by Nayland Hotel with a beautiful view of the lake on my right hand side, passing the Unloading area for Fisherman sign and then turning left just passed the white walls.
I then walked across this rough ground with the lake on my left hand side slightly visible through the thin seam of woodland ignoring the first footpath signpost to turn left at the big gap passing the next footpath signpost to then head up and across the golf course. Over to my far left was a view of the Women’s Land Army Tower. I then continued my walk following the clearly marked walking route and waymakers all the way up to the lane. I crossed over the lane and continued down the lane straight ahead, following it as it bent round to the left through houses and orchards following all the footpath and bridleway signposts heading to Beacham’s Farm.
I then joined the Stour Valley Path and St Edmund Way and continued my walk keeping to the clearly marked signposts to the next lane where I walked for a short while before turning right down the next track by the footpath signpost to the wood stacks where I walked left up through the gap continuing to follow the St Edmund Way signposts with Stoke by Nayland church coming in to full view.
As I walked up the wide grassy path to the church this is where I really got the feeling I was in Constable Country. The sky was clear blue and the views were spectacular so I made a short video of the 360 view.
I then walked up to the Stoke by Nayland church, which has been painted twice by Constable, passing the inviting signpost to Rowley Wood to the road by the amazing Tudor building to the path just to the right hand side of the Stoke by Nayland church to the back of St Mary’s Churchyard where I saw the church in all its glory.
I continued my walk straight ahead following the signpost to Hadleigh down the lane where I then turned left at the footpath signpost for St Edmund Way as it twisted and turned around the fields following the next 3 signposts to a metal gate and then on to cross over the stile by the wooden gate turning left to walk up the lane and then right up the track passing through the buildings on my right hand side to the end where I then walked left up the track between trees.
I then walked right when I reached the road walking passed the cross roads turning sharp left at the next turning up the lane taking me back to the entrance of the golf course I had walked across earlier passing the Stoke by Nayland Country Lodges and Tower on my right hand side.
I then retraced my steps all the way back to the lodge for a brief rest and some lunch that Mary had kindly prepared for me. Whilst out on my walk Mary had popped over to the Stoke by Nayland Spa for a nice swim, sauna and jacuzzi topped off with a relaxing massage so she was in a wonderful mood and happy for me to pop off for my next walk.