Broom Hill Short Walk

Great little woodland walk from Coddenham

Having been told by a friend that there were positive sightings of millions of Snowdrops, we went in search of them

This great little walk is a community project winding through the woods from Coddenham to Hemingstone in the heart of rural Suffolk. Many of our guests walk down to Coddenham as it’s only a 3 mile ‘lane walk’ from our holiday cottages but until now I wasn’t aware of this ‘extension’

Only 3  miles from Woodfarm

Where is it:

Opposite the Dukes Head pub in Coddenham

Where on the web:

No website

Phone:

No phone

Open:

All the time!

A bit more information ....

It starts opposite the Dukes Head pub. There’s a public footpath running through between the houses and up to the top of Broom Hill

The sight that greets you as you go over the top is fantastic as it drops right down towards Hemingstone and Claydon and you can see the grounds of Shrublands Hall

Following the footpath down there are several rustic benches to stop and take in the view, as well as little picnic table at one point too! This really is a well thought out project that has not spoilt the natural surroundings in any way

We certainly found the Snowdrops (mid Feb) as you can see

As you reach the bottom of the hill, the path winds round to the right and then along the side of Hemingstone Hall, coming out on the road. Turning left and walking along the edge of the stream you are greeted by the sight of what I think is possibly the most stunning house ever! This is still privately owned so please don’t go wandering in there!

You can keep heading East if you want to extend your walk but we doubled back shortly after and headed back to Coddenham to the deli & coffee shop!

There are a couple of great signs up telling you what you might encounter en route;

Small Copper Butterflies can be found between late April and October, though they are on the decline and Pyramidal Orchids can be seen in June, July and August. The Green Woodpecker is also a keen resident here

The Broom Hill walk itself would only take about 45 minutes to an hour, ambling along so next time we’ll definitely go from here and make it a 7 or 8 mile round trip
Posted by Carl Scott