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Walking and cycling are wonderful ways to get out and see the area around you. Having just achieved the ‘Cyclists and Walkers Welcome’ Award, Gladwins Farm is fully kitted out for keen walkers and cyclists, from a bike store to an allocated area for cleaning muddy bikes and boots, you will find all you need.
Gladwins Farm is situated amongst the Stour Valley and we are spoilt for choice for walking routes throughout Constable Country.
With 3,500 miles of public footpaths in Suffolk, there is bound to be a route for you. A shorter three mile walk will take you from Sudbury to Long Melford along the disused railway line. Or, should you prefer, The Stour Valley Path is a sixty mile route that follows the valley of the River Stour through some of the most scenic Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire countryside.
Crossing borders to Essex will give you the opportunity to wander around Mersea Island; the northern half is quiet and mostly along the sea wall and the southern half takes you along the beach. Or if you prefer something a littler shorter The Classic Walk in Dedham is just under four miles and starts at the centre of Dedham village and ends at Flatford Mill.
Woodland Walk is set around the peripheral of Gladwins Farm. Along the walk you can keep an eye out for the woodland animal signs and try to spot some of the creatures that call Woodland Walk their home. Like Percy the Pike for example, who can sometimes be found in the lake (he’s very shy and doesn’t like to be the centre of attention) alongside the ducks, moorhens, herons, carp and rudd that can often be seen milling around.
You’ll also get to say hello to the many farm animals, as well as meeting horses and sheep, you can help to collect the hens eggs and feed the pigs and Pygmy goats. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the special woodland animal signs dotted along Woodland Walk.
There are also many cycle routes in the area which will take you through the Suffolk and Essex countryside to picturesque towns and villages. Alton Water in Sutton is home to a 7 and a half mile route around Suffolk’s largest expanse of open water. Or if you like something a bit more strenuous, cycle the 25 mile route from Colchester to Harwich.
The location of Gladwins Farm means that you’re never too far from somewhere to explore. A forty-five minute drive will take you to Frinton-on-Sea, a small seaside town in the Tendring District in Essex, where you could take a stroll along the sandy beach or grab an ice cream from Pop-pins.
Aldeburgh, a one hour and fifteen minute drive away, is a coastal town in Suffolk, where you could indulge in Fish and Chips from the infamous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop or wander around the Martello Tower.
Also close to Gladwins Farm are Colchester and Ipswich. Colchester is a short fifteen minute drive away, and is the oldest recorded town in the United Kingdom. Here you will find a range of high street shops and plenty of independent cafés where you could stop for a quick refuel.
Ipswich, is a thirty-five minute drive from Gladwins Farm. Home to Ipswich Football Club, the town has a number of beautiful parks for you to wander around, as well as the waterfront, where you will find lots of pubs and restaurants.