Stour Valley Path | Part 2
Date: 2nd February 2018 Distance: 29.1km (18.07 Miles) Parking: Roadside in Little Langdale
Start Location: Kedington Ascent (m/ft): 300m (984ft) Weather:

Sunny

Time Started: 07:20 Highest Point: 85m (279ft) Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 8 Hours 12 Minutes        
Route: Stour Valley Path - Day 2
Kedington - Water Hall Farm - Boyton End - Baythorne Bridge - Baythorne End - River Stour - Stoke-by-Clare - Mill Green - Claret Hall - Clare Priory (Remains of) - Clare Castle Country Park - Hermitage Farm - Houghton Hall - Cavendish - Glemsford - Park Lane - Mill Farm - Cranmore Green Farm - Kentwell Down - Kentwell Hall - Long Melford

Its only been a week or so since I completed the first day of the Stour Valley Path and Im out on the second leg, this one initially being about 15 miles ended up at 18 miles before taking the walking boots off! This would turn out to be the longest day out of all along the route but really enjoyable as I make my way through several beautiful villages including Cavendish and Stoke-by-Clare.


Rejoining the trail at Kedington.

I'm guessing Badgers live in the area!


A proper cross-roads. Footpaths off in all directions!


Large lakes for wildlife just off the River Stour.

Signs of the old railway that ran through the valley.

Heading into the Baythorne Estate.

A grand long avenue to the hall. Its here I turned right as there is no public access along the track here-on.

Cute lambs in the fields.

A large pond in the estate grounds.

Baythorne Hall.


Stoke by Clare Green.


Crossing the vast open countryside between Stoke by Clare and the town of Clare.

Clare coming into view with its church and Castle.

Arrival at the first town since Newmarket.

The route passes close to Clare Priory, an Augustininan Priory dating from 1249.



The ruins are open to the public and free to explore.

Nearby is the beautiful Clare Castle Country Park and its Norman Motte and Bailey.

Clare Castle.

Having left Clare I'm now crossing more open countryside to the tiny village of Cavendish.

Cavendish Green.

One of the most picturesque sights so far along the walk.

The Five Bells on the green.


Medieval houses along the high street.


A Wisteria in full bloom and smelling amazing.

Crossing more countryside with far reaching views (for Suffolk) as I make my way towards Glemsford.

Pentlow Tower.

Distant Melford Church which is near the end of todays walk.


The route passes by Stanstead, a tiny and beautiful village set amongst gentle hills.

Walking along the avenue at Kentwell Park.


Long Melford Church.


And the end of todays walk, Long Melford Green.