Boots on for a ram­ble around Saxlingham Nethergate

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1From the sports ground car park, with your back to the road, go left to­wards the sports pav­il­ion and a chil­dren’s play area and exit via the small gate to the road. Turn right for a short dis­tance, and then turn right into Hall Lane.

Pass a signed foot­path on your left and then shortly af­ter­wards, at a signed track, turn right along a bri­dle­way with a hedge on the right to the road at Saxlingham Green. This path can be very boggy af­ter rain; if bad re­turn to the road, turn right, then right again at the cross roads. This will bring you op­po­site the tele­phone box.

At the road with speed re­stric­tion and give way signs, turn left along The Green, then right along a bri­dle­way, op­po­site Che­quer’s Lane, by a red tele­phone box (now re­dun­dant and a Boudicca Way in­for­ma­tion point). Ini­tially the route fol­lows a good track, then veers to the left and con­tin­ues along a right edge as a path.

At the cor­ner of the field, ig­nore a foot­bridge ahead; turn left, still fol­low­ing a right edge. The edge curves gen­tly right and then turns half left, and then left again by a sign say­ing ‘Pri­vate Wood­land Keep Out’. The track be­comes clearer and firmer as it ap­proaches the road.

2Cross the road, turn­ing very briefly right and then al­most im­me­di­ately left, fol­low a path into a field and turn right along the edge, then fol­low the edge round to the left.

Con­tinue on this track be­tween barbed wire fences to the end of a wood on your right. Turn right here on a gen­tly ris­ing path fol­low­ing ‘Boudicca Way’ signs to a road. Cross the road onto the path op­po­site across an open field to the cor­ner of Lit­tle Wood and turn right along the edge of the wood. At the cor­ner of the end of the wood with a ‘Boudicca Way’ sign, turn left to keep along­side the edge of the wood. At the end of the wood go ahead over a stile and leave the wood be­hind. Just be­yond a house on the right at Stubb’s Green, fol­low ‘Boudicca Way’ signs round to the left, then right at the end of the meadow along the edge of Great Wood; con­tinue ahead be­yond the wood and soon bear right along a track with a hedge on the left.

3At a cross­ing path turn left across an open field (or maybe round the left edge, and fol­low­ing round the cor­ner) Go over a foot­bridge and around the left side of a large oak tree, then turn right to a field cor­ner and fol­low a track round to the left to the end of the field. At the cross­ing track turn right to a hedge, then left to fol­low the hedge to a cor­ner.

At this cor­ner con­tinue ahead right­wards across the open field to meet the junc­tion of Wash Lane and Che­quers Lane. Go across the junc­tion, through a ford (if flooded use the

foot­bridge on the left) and con­tinue ahead and round a right bend in the road. As the road turns left con­tinue ahead on a foot­path.

At the end of an open sec­tion fol­low the path straight ahead, now with a hedge on your right. At the next cor­ner turn left to­wards the church and through the church­yard, round the end of the church and fol­low the path from the church pass­ing a large beech tree with a seat around it and out to the road with a school op­po­site and turn left back along the road to the car park.

This walk from Saxlingham Nethergate, in­clud­ing a sec­tion in the parish of Shote­sham, has at­trac­tive views and al­though it does not go through wood­land does pass along­side some mainly de­cid­u­ous woods. Lit­tle Wood, its shape rem­i­nis­cent of a mit­ten, and Great Wood, shaped like a boot, may once have been part of a much larger area of wood­land.

Be­low: Cottage at Stubbs Green

Above: Saxlingham Nethergate War memo­rial

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