7 Walks around or near Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa
3rd September 2017
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Walks around in and around Stoke by Nayland and beyond


Whether you’re local to Suffolk, or visiting from further a field, one thing you should do, is take advantage of the beautiful countryside surrounding Stoke by Nayland Hotel.

Steeped in an area of natural beauty, that inspired the work of artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, there are numerous walks for all abilities, that allow you to enjoy the stunning views of rolling Suffolk countryside. Some you can start at the hotel, others you’ll need to drive, walk or cycle a few miles to start the walk.


To save you trawling the Internet, looking for good walks around Stoke by Nayland, I have put together a few popular walks for you to try.

  1. Leavenheath – These 4 walks, ranging between 2 and 4 miles, are based in the nearest village to Stoke by Nayland. Click here to download the PDF
  2. This walk takes you from Stoke by Nayland through to Polstead and you’ll get to see some beautiful views as you walk through the Stour Valley. This article hasn’t been updated for a few years, so please be aware that landmarks may have changed. You can take a look at the feature here
  3. This is a 4 mile walk that starts up the road in the neighbouring village of Nayland. Take a look here to see if it’s the walk for you
  4. This is the longest walk of my selection and is between the lovely village of Bures and Stoke by Nayland. 9 miles is maybe a longer distance walk, but if you’re up for the challenge,  it’ll take you through lovely little villages, small valleys and beautiful surroundings. Click here to see what you think
  5. Arger Fen, up the road near Assington, is a lovely wood, with two well established walks. Enjoying the woodland around late April/May is a must, as Arger Fen is covered in bluebelles. It looks stunning. If you’re interested in foraging, then take a look at some of the courses run at by Suffolk Market Events and Foragers Feast. I can not recommend them highly enough.
  6. Wolves Wood, Hadleigh – Just a couple of miles from the old picturesque town of Hadleigh is Wolves Wood. Wolves Wood is part of the remains of one of the ancient woodlands that once covered East Anglia. During the spring time, you should beable to hear up to 20 different species of birds, including the nightingale. Word of warning though, it can get very muddy, so please wear your wellie boots.
  7. Sudbury Walks,Sudbury – Sudbury is just 5 miles or so up the road from Stoke by Nayland. And the walks around the water meadows are accessible and beautiful. I recommend you park near Waitrose and walk along the old railway walk through to the water meadows. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see kingfishers. And if you’re a keen photographer, there’s a lot of opportunity to snap the local wildlife in action.


After all that exercise, why not treat yourself to a cream tea at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa or even take advantage of one of their overnight stay packages. You can take a look at their offers here. Or perhaps book a beauty treatment, spa day or round of golf. You’ve worked hard and deserve it

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Penny W

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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens

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