Fynn Valley Café Terrace

There’s no shortage of stunning countryside to enjoy throughout Suffolk and surely the Fynn Valley – stretching from Witnesham to Woodbridge – affords some of the most fulfilling inland views we can enjoy. This landscape is bursting with wildlife as well as agriculture and of course plenty of leisure opportunities too.

Our latest walk is a loop from the new Café Terrace at Fynn Valley Golf Club. It’s just a few miles from Ipswich but the feeling of calm and relaxation sitting on the dog-friendly terrace outside the new café – which is open to the general public seven days a week from 8am to 8pm – is remarkable.

The walk starts by meandering through the golf course to Strugglers Lane at the head of the Fynn Valley path, however we then turn north towards the source of the River Fynn, through meadows and woods, before circling back through farmland to the golf course.

Darcy and Holly were joined by their cocker-poo playmates Poppy and Cocoa for this excursion who were sure to lead by example when it came to golf course etiquette. We advise keeping your dog(s) under close control on the lead through the golf course sections of the walk and keeping an eye on the players around you as the path crosses some of the holes and alongside others.

Back at the Terrace after completing the 4.5miles circuit, having made an early start we decided coffee and cakes were order of the day however we could quite easily have been tempted by the brunch menu!

The walk

DISTANCE: Approx 4.5 miles

TIME: 2 hours - depending on pace

TERRAIN: Gravel paths, field edges, woodland paths, some pavement. One stile.

STOPS: Fynn Valley Café Terrace

OS MAP: Explorer 197 and 211

START POINT OS REFERENCE: (Explorer 197) 182 491

Always keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. As the first and last parts of this walk pass through Fynn Valley Golf Course please ensure that you are courteous of other users; for your own safety please wait if necessary while play progresses where the path crosses the fairways and please clear up after your dog. Please download a map for reference before setting off by visiting www.essentialsuffolk.com/pub-walks-with-darcy

    1. If possible park in the overflow carpark to the left of the entrance driveway. Our instructions start from this carpark. Follow the signs for ‘New access to Tenth Hole’ and as you leave the carpark turn right. Follow the path – you will see buildings on your right, the path bends to the left beyond a hedge. Follow this path down through the golf course – please be alert to play going on around you. As you pass the red barn on your left the path continues bearing to the right around the perimeter of the course. As the path appears to run out at the sixteenth tee you pass across the tee and you will meet Strugglers Lane at the very edge of the course. There’s a small drop down to road level – we found it easiest to walk along the edge for 20 to 30 meters to a point where the ground levels are closer to each other to descend to the lane.

    2. At Strugglers lane turn left, you’ll see the speed limit signs ahead.

    3. At the road, cross to the pavement on the opposite side and turn right. Follow the path around to the War Memorial.

    4. Turn left into Hall Lane and continue around to your left along the residential road (ignoring the footpath to Mill Lane).

    5. At the end of the tarmac road there is a Ristricted Bridal Way marked ahead and a large metal gate (and Dog Waste Bin). Pass through the kissing gate beside the large gate and head across the meadow.

    6. At the first line of trees, keep ahead into the next meadow.

    7. Follow the path as it bends to the left through the trees. Cross the bridge over the stream (stile) and continue ahead until you meet a lane.

    8. At the junction turn left passing Witnesham Hall on your left and over the ford in the road. The path bends to the right, passing Hall Farm Cottage on your right. Continue along the track.

    9. As the path meets a field turn left. Eventually you will reach The Lodge on your right. Continue ahead, passing the white gates on your left. A short distance ahead is a path to your left into ‘The Thicks’.

    10. Follow the path through the woods (ignore other paths) it continues along a field edge before going back among trees. Keep your eyes peeled for the public footpath sign on your left where the footpath leaves the bridal way. (If you go too far you’ll find the path bends to the right and into a field).

    11. The footpath continues through the famers field, at the end of the crop it continues along the grassy path towards Low Farm.

    12. At the road turn left towards Cockfield Hall. After approx. 25 meters turn right taking the grassy footpath alongside another field. Continue straight through the crop and at the hedge- line continue into the next field.

    13. Turn right and follow the field edge round towards the houses in the distance.

    14. At the corner of the field turn right and take the path around the farm buildings. The path brings you to some steps leading down to the road.

    15. PLEASE TAKE CARE AT THIS POINT. Ensure your dog is under close control as you descend the steps and turn left along the road to meet the pavement where you crossed from Struggler’s lane at the beginning of the walk.

    16. Cross the road and retrace your steps along Strugglers Lane and up through the golf course back to the Terrace.