Round Walk, c 45 mins
This walk is on footpaths and quiet country lanes.
1. Start on The Street, at the corner with Austin Close.
Face across the road from Rumbles Fish Bar & walk down to a 5-bar gate and over the stile. Walk down the lane and follow the footpath around the field. Go over another stile and into a water meadow (NB: Cattle and Sheep sometimes graze here). At the far right corner of the meadow is a gate. Go through this and turn left.
2. After 10m cross the footbridge over the River Blackbourne on your right. ‘Bourne' means ‘stream' and this is what the river looks like at this point. Go straight ahead up the hill and follow the footpath sign round to the left. Continue following the signed path around the edge of horse fields belonging to Langham Stud. This stud is currently (2014) for sale, but has been an Arabian Horse stud - a breed of horse used for long distance and endurance riding.
3. At a branch in the footpath you can go and look at Langham Church (see http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/langham.htm). The church is now kept shut because of previous vandalism, but has a pretty double bell tower, and views over parkland to a rare stand of mature elm trees and on to Langham Hall. The Hall, an 18th century, brick-built, Grade 2* listed country house is also currently for sale (2014). It has been owned since the 1920s by the Blackwell family, co-founders of the grocery company Crosse and Blackwell. The company is now owned by Princes Foods Group, which in 2013 sold C&Bs most famous product - Branston Pickle - to Japanese company Mizkan. Branston Pickle is made in Bury St Edmunds.
Retrace your steps back to the main footpath and continue on round the edge of the horse fields. Go through a gate and left into the Langham Stud main yard. Keep to the left, and through another gate down a lane to Langham Road.
4. Turn right and walk up this small country lane.
5. Just after the 30mph signs at the beginning of Langham village there is a footpath sign to the right. Follow this down a gravel drive. Pass an expensive pink Tudor house on the left - improbably close to the footpath - and continue straight ahead onto a grass path, out of its grounds and into fields. Keep straight, and once you've passed the hedge you'll see Badwell and its church below you to the right as you continue straight ahead between fields.
6. You come to a road at a curtain (concrete pad for farming use). Turn right and walk down the lane, through Brooks Farm and over the small bridge.
7. Just after the bridge go through the kissing gate into a water meadow (NB cattle and sheep sometimes graze this land) and continue almost straight ahead, a little to the right, to a break in the hedge. Go through another gate, and along a path beside another field. You come out at the back of Durham House. Keep close to the hedge on the left and follow the hedge down past the house and out again onto the street. Please respect the owners of the house and keep to the hedge all the way through their garden.
Turn right and you are once again in The Street and can continue on to the Start point of the walk.