Walks and Cycles rides near to the Wheelhouse Pub – Naughton

Many of the Wheelhouse visitors enjoy taking walks in the area or going on defined cycle routes, usually before relaxing over a perfectly presented pint (or three) of traditional real ale.location2

Many visitors are also interested in discovering some of the local walks or cycle rides within the surrounding areas to the Wheelhouse, and we are often asked where they can enjoy a leisurely stroll with their family or perhaps dogs and where they are not at risk from passing traffic etc.

Outlined below are just a few of the walks and cycle rides to be found in our area of Suffolk and within easy reach (both inbound and outbound) to the Wheelhouse – the thatched traditional village pub found in Naughton.

Walks

Naughton – From The Wheelhouse there a numerous public footpaths and permissive footpaths for walkers to enjoy. Ask at the pub for route maps for circular walks of varying lengths that start and finish at The Wheelhouse.

Hadleigh Circular Walks - 4.5 miles estimated 2 hrs – 2hrs 15 mins. Enjoy the historic town of Hadleigh before embarking on a pleasant amble through the nearby countryside.

Hadleigh Railway Walk -    The Railway Walk is 2 miles in length and runs from Station Road to the outskirts of Raydon village.  It is entirely off-road and is used by walkers, cyclists and dog walkers.

Gipping Valley River Path - Serious walking 17 miles.   Resonant with by gone industrial ages the Gipping Valley Path follows the River Gipping from Stowmarket to Ipswich. A river of contrasts from dockland to quiet backwater, teeming with wildlife and historic watermills and navigation locks.

Barking and back again – 5 mile circular walk around Barking and Needham market

Charcoal and Churches - 6 mile circular walk around Stowmarket and Combswalking_in_suffolk

Mills and Meadows - 4 mile circular route around Bramford and Sproughton.

Cycling

There are a number of signed leisure cycle routes in Suffolk.

The King’s Forest Rides are 2 circular routes, mostly off-road, in a very special area with acres of trees, sweeping heathland and wide open skies. The routes start at West Stow Country Park with a cycle link from Bury St Edmunds also described.

The Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route is a circular signed route from Felixstowe to Dunwich on quiet roads along the coast before looping inland via the market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge.

The full route is 88 miles (142 km) long, ideal for weekend tours, and there are many opportunities for detours and short cuts to make day rides, including off-road tracks in three forests. Much of the route lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In the west of the county there is the Jockey’s Trail, a 28 mile (45 km) route with 2 shorter loops of 6 miles (10 km), starting at Newmarket. The Miller’s Trail is a 23 mile (37 km) trail starting at Ixworth, 6 miles (10 km) north of Bury St Edmunds, taking in windmills, a war memorial and a vineyard.

The Heart of Suffolk Cycle Route has been created for those who enjoy the pleasure of cycling in the countryside. The route uses mostly quiet lanes along its 80 mile (125 km) length and is signed in both directions, ideal for someone who simply wants a few hours of casual cycling, or a long distance cyclist wanting to explore the Suffolk countryside. For a free copy of the Heart of Suffolk Cycle Route contactdiscoversuffolk@suffolk.gov.uk

The South Suffolk Cycle Route also uses quiet lanes and a guide can be obtained from the Sudbury Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL. Email: sudburytic@babergh.gov.uk .

The Painters’ Trail is a 69 mile (111 km) route, with various short cuts, using a mixture of quiet roads, cycle paths and well-surfaced tracks exploring locations that were made famous by local artists, such as Constable, Munnings and Gainsborough. The guide can be obtained from Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project

If you prefer an adrenalin rush, as you negotiate trails amongst majestic pine trees with nothing but the sound of the wind in your hair then go for a complete off-road experience by tackling forest cycling trails. Forest cycling is great for all the family and available in Thetford andRendlesham Forest and Tunstall Woods