This is a great walk around a picturesque lake, whatever the weather
Needham Lake is man-made, having originally been rough, open meadowland. During the 1970s gravel was extracted during the construction of the nearby A14 and the pit was flooded to form the lake, which is now managed by the local council
During the extraction, ice age discoveries were made and numerous evidence of pre-historic life! There’s a board near the car park giving more information on this, which makes a fascinating read!
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
Beautiful river walk with Tea Rooms & Museum – Dedham to Flatford or vice versa. In the heart of Constable Country
Ok, just about dipping our toes into Essex but it still feels like Suffolk and it’s only 20 minutes down the road from Woodfarm Barns and a real hit with many of our holiday cottage guests
Flatford Mill is accessible by road and has a car park. It’s owned by the National Trust so if you’re not a member, it’s about £3 to park. It’s also accessible by foot along the river from Dedham, which is a gorgeous 25 minute walk (pay & display)
Wine Tasting with DJ Wines – A Suffolk Winery
DJ Wines is a small, intimate winery set in an idyllic rural location overlooking the historic village church at Monk Soham, just 15 minutes from Woodfarm Barns. Here you will find Derek Jones making delicious hand crafted wines and liqueurs from local fruits. Edged by an avenue of cherry trees the building is only about the size of a tennis court, but he produces 10,000 bottles per year!
Being a winery only, no rows of vine will be found here as all fruit is bought in, mostly from local growers. He will take you step by step through the process to making his delicious range of seven wines, seven liqueurs and my Monks Mead. He uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, many of which a home brewer will recognise, but on a much larger scale. The small on site laboratory helps Derek control quality. During the visit he will also share some of the more humorous moments and the many trials and tribulations of setting up, what many people claim, is a dream business
Alder Carr Farm has been established since 1981, and is home to a fantastic farm shop, cafe, plus several gift, arts, and craft stores.
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Baylham House Farm is set in acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family since 1985. They are passionate about breeding traditional varieties of farm animals, to protect them against the detrimental effect of commercial pressures on the industry.
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