Thornham Walks

A very well-laid out but unspoilt woodland walk just off the A140 in near Eye

Having held the leaflets here for our guests since we opened, I never managed to get there myself until 2012 and now I keep going back!

It’s 12 miles of waymarked footpaths on the Thornham Estate along the A140, just ten minutes from us in Stonham Aspal. It’s managed and funded by Mid Suffolk District Council and it’s a real triumph in developing an area of natural beauty without over-developing it, which often happens

Only 10  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

Red House Yard
Thornham Magna
Eye
Suffolk
IP23 8HH

Where on the web:

https://www.facebook.com/ThornhamWalks

Phone:

01379 788345

Open:

9am to 6pm from April to October and 9am to 4pm November to March. The Walks may be closed occasionally between October and January apparently, depending upon the weather

A bit more information ....

It is wheelchair-friendly and therefore also push-chair friendly, with a well-constructed footpath from the walled garden, which houses a brilliant charitable organisation called “Beyond the Wall” helping young people with disabilities, along to a great little bird hide, from which we spotted a stunning peacock, as well as lots of robins milling about and a couple of woodpeckers. Have a look at Beyond the Wall’s Websitehere

The pathway is dotted with a fascinating rock trail and takes the walker through the woods, leading to a Victorian folly
There are activities all year round, details of which can be found on their website. They are constantly seeking new volunteers to help out and they have a volunteer day on the last Sunday of each month for people to come along and see how they can get involved

Along the path are some amazing trees and plants. We encountered an 800 year-old tree, which just makes the mind boggle. You’ll also spot The ‘Green Man’ on many of the trees. He is apparently the spirit of the trees and dates back hundreds of years. He was a well respected figure and there are many carvings on trees throughout the forest here

The walks are open 9am to 6pm from April to October and 9am to 4pm November to March. The Walks may be closed occasionally between October and January apparently, depending upon the weather I guess?

There is a tea room and a couple of craft/ gift shops there, as well as some fascinating animals carved from wood in the kiddies playground. The Thornham Coach House restaurant is also within the grounds, which serves a fabulous home-cooked lunch. See my post on the Coach House Here

Dogs on leads are welcome

Car parking charges: Monday to Friday £2 per car; Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays £3, annual passes £30 (concessions £20). All proceeds go towards the management of the Walks
Posted by Carl Scott