Fram­ling­ham Mere

A fab­u­lous re­serve over­looked by the cas­tle and fed by The River Ore, it cov­ers 31 acres/13.8 hectares.

The mere is man­aged by Suf­folk Wildlife Trust and is a piece of wild wet­land amid an in­ten­sively arable area, with no other wet­land like it for 100 square miles. Once thought to have orig­i­nated dur­ing the build­ing of the cas­tle’s de­fences, ev­i­dence from soil cores taken dur­ing the restora­tion of the mere in 1998 sug­gest that it is a nat­u­ral fea­ture dat­ing back to the ice age, or ear­lier. The lake mud is more than 13 me­tres deep, con­tain­ing the re­mains of an­cient plants and an­i­mals, and sci­en­tific anal­y­sis shows that for the first 7,000 years of its life, the lake was un­af­fected by hu­man ac­tiv­ity.

There’s a cir­cu­lar walk of just un­der a mile. You can ac­cess it via gates along New Road, at The Elms car park, from the cas­tle court.

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