THE WALK

EADT Suffolk - - SUFFOLK WALK -

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From Leis­ton High Street car park (IP16 4BZ) turn right. At cross­roads, left (Cross Street). Over next cross­roads into Vic­tory Road, past re­cre­ation ground. Road be­comes foot­path, fi­nally bear­ing right to Church Road.

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En­ter church­yard (left). Keep right, cross­ing in front of church to gate marked ’pri­vate’ by old Leis­ton Hall. Stay in church­yard. Fol­low foot­path down hedge to cross road. Turn right. Be­yond St Mar­garet’s Cres­cent, take foot­path (left) by rail­ings. 3

Cross rail­way line to road. Turn right, pass­ing plant nurs­ery to foot­path (‘To Hill Farm’), im­me­di­ately left between wall and hedge. Path opens out to con­crete hard-stand­ing, keep straight ahead on track, then cross-field path which even­tu­ally bears left to­wards Ald­hurst Farm / Abbey Lane.

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Turn right along road. Take foot­path (left) to Leis­ton Abbey.

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Leis­ton Abbey ru­ins (English Her­itage) are free to visit. Con­tinue ahead to thatched tithe

barn (left). Look for hedge-gap in far-right cor­ner of grassed area. Path leads through copse, past old pits, then across fields to B1122. Turn left (wide verge). Cross road to con­tinue down Pot­ter’s Street.

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At Keep­ers Cot­tage (left), take foot­path (right). Turn left down green lane (signed/ guided), then briefly right (bri­dle­way). Turn left at gatepost into field (houses ahead here; play area far-left), keep­ing right to stile onto nar­row path. At path junc­tion, go left to reach East­bridge vil­lage sign.

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Turn right down­hill along road. At T-junc­tion turn right, pass­ing Eels Foot pub. To de­tour for Leis­ton Old Abbey chapel ru­ins, take path (left) marked ‘Mins­mere Sluice’. Re­trace steps.

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Turn left onto green lane, bear­ing right by The Round House. Pass Up­per Abbey and keep ahead to Kenton Hills na­ture re­serve car park (left). 9

En­ter woods by in­for­ma­tion boards. Turn right at first path junc­tion by pines (Kenton Hills). Keep right, then take an­other right (signed 11) to board­walks for gate into Sizewell Belts.

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Fol­low path across graz­ing marsh to gates /wa­ter. Turn right, along wa­ter­side to gate (left). Con­tinue up­hill to Leis­ton Com­mon. As com­mon be­comes area of bracken, fol­low foot­path sign (right) to go di­ag­o­nally back on your­self on a cross­com­mon path to­wards tele­graph pole and gate.

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Turn left down track to meet road (Lovers Lane). Turn right to pass Re­cy­cling Cen­tre. Cross road to foot­path (left) which meets Val­ley Road at Carrs Cot­tage.

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Fol­low Val­ley Road un­der rail­way bridge. Turn left to High Street. N

Cross­ing Leis­ton Com­mon

The re­mains of the re­fec­tory within Leis­ton Abbey.

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