The Bogtrotter

Gazeley and Dalham circular walk

by on Jun.19, 2012, under British Walks, Walks

This circular 6.5 mile walk through West Suffolk gives you quintessential English countryside and postcard-perfect villages. Taking in the villages of Gazeley, Dalham and Moulton, the rolling fields are separated by thatched cottages and three beautiful churches.

Dalham Church

Start from the village of Gazeley, where there is roadside parking near the church. Take Higham Road (opposite the church entrance) and follow the path that veers off the the right (signposted for the Icknield Way). This path winds through Tithe Close until you go through a small alleyway to reach a gate that opens into a field. Follow the signed path across the fields until you reach a small wood. THe path then ducks into the wood – continue until you reach a crossroads at the far end.

Turn right and continue along the Icknield Way as it passes two more woods before opening into a wide field. Follow the right hand edge of the field, then take the path up through the trees until you reach a tarmac road. Turn right here and follow the road up to St Mary’s Church, with Dalham Hall and its gardens just behind. GO through the gate opposite the church and descend through the cow field along an avenue of horse chestnut trees until you reach a gate. Turn right here to follow the road into Dalham.

Arriving at Dalham, you can stop for lunch and refreshments at The Affleck Arms. Once you are ready to carry on, return up the road for 200 yards before taking the footpath over white-fenced bridge on your left. This turns immediately right and then continues along the edge of fields for about half a mile. When you reach the road, turn right and cross the bridge then take the track off to the left of the road. You pass the back of the water treatment works before the track opens out and you see the Moulton Church before you.

Moulton Pack Horse Bridge

Carry straight on past the church, following the road alongside the stream until you reach the impressive old pack horse bridge. Given the current water levels this bridge looks very out of place, but its size gives you an impression of how important this route was in the past. After viewing the bridge, return back to the church and take the path up the hill, to the left of the churchyard.

Cross the style and continue diagonally across the field until you reach a small gap in the hedge. Go through the gap and turn right, following the road for about half a mile. When the road turns sharp left, take the signed footpath that continues straight on along the side of a hedge. This then continues through a couple of gates to pass behind stables until you arrive back at Gazeley Church.

There are variations of this route on several websites – including one with a map on the AA web site

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