This week’s walk of the week is a Little Waldingfield circular walk, across the River Box to Great Waldingfield.
Length of route:
5 km (3 mi) one way, 10 km (6 mi) return
From Little Waldingfield Church head away from the village along Church Road, and out of the village past the speed de-restriction signs. Follow the road to a junction at Archers Farm and turn right on the grass track, marked with a Public Footpath sign. The track ends and you continue on along the right hand side of a hedge along a path at the side of a field.
At the corner of the field there is a footbridge heading into a small copse which can sometimes be a bit boggy.
Walk over the small brick bridge on the River Box and turn left to follow the field edge path to a metal gate and swing stile onto the road.
Turn right and walk up through Upsher Green until you ar by the last house on the right where the village sign is, now turn off right into a field.Great Waldingfield church tower comes into view.
Follow the field edge path with the hedge on your right to a point where the hedge bears to the right. Continue straight on across the cultivated field ahead heading for a large oak tree on the opposite side, arriving at a single track road on which you turn left. At the junction with The Street, turn right and into the churchyard
Continue through the churchyard, then back onto the road walking away from the church out of the village. After about 250 yards from the church, turn right on a concrete track. Follow the track through a swing stile to the water treatment works gates and then follow the footpath that goes around the left edge of the fence. Continue along the path with a small stream on your left
Turn left at the fingerpost signs.
Follow the rail fenced path around a horse paddock to the corner by a gate, and turn left along the concrete road. Just before the main B1115 at Waldingfield Bridge, turn right and walk along the path with the hedge on your left. Look for a small gate on your left access to a path leading back to Little Waldingfield.
Here you have a choice of carrying on along the pavement through the village past the Swan pub turning right to return to the start of the walk at Little Waldingfield.
Alternatively you can take the footpath by the village sign that heads off right behind gardens winding it’s way back to the church.
The map you will need for this walk is OS Explorer map 196.
The route was contributed by botatoe