Lavenham and Brent Eleigh is a 5.6 mile loop trail located near Sudbury, Suffolk, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

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This circular walk in Suffolk links the beautifully preserved Medieval town of Lavenham with the secluded and pretty village of Brent Eleigh. The route is surprisingly arboreal for East Anglia and provides one unexpectedly sweeping and lovely view. Lavenham is roughly mid-way between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, and 15 miles north of Colchester. Either before, or after the walk, frankly you would be mad not to explore Lavenham - unless you already know it well. There are attractive and well-preserved half-timbered buildings on most streets, while the church is one of the most impressive of the 'wool' churches. Not the best place to find low priced, good quality bargains, though. The walking is easy-going throughout, being mainly along footpaths and bridleways. Boots are only advisable after periods of rain. Two miles are along quiet tarmac lanes. There are no stiles on the walk, just some gates and a few steps, and there are no fields that are likely to contain grazing livestock. The route is not totally flat, but the climbs are gentle. It should take about three hours.

I started the walk at the bus stop in Lavenham at the junction of Church Street, High Street and Water Street, opposite the Swan hotel. Parking in Lavenham can be 'challenging', especially on summer weekends. There is a free (but a £2/3 donation is asked for) car park on Church Street by the Cock Horse Inn (CO10 9SA), and more parking in the Market place by the Guildhall (CO10 9QZ). There is also on-street parking. Lavenham is served by two Chambers bus routes - 753 (Bury St Edmunds - Sudbury) and 754 (Sudbury - Colchester).

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Ami Humphreys
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Good easy trail, wet/ muddy in places but nothing a good pair of boots won’t handle!

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Danielle Hall
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A really lovely first half towards Brent Eleigh but the second half is essentially just tarmac track and boggy footpath

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Richard McCrilley
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First half was good with some variety then arrived at Brent Eleigh which is pretty with nice houses. After that it’s mostly a bridle way back to Lavenham which is very muddy this time of year, hard going and quite boring. There are quite good views from the bridle way but in the summer you would not be able to see them. The rest of the route is good though.

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Rebecca Lister
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RunningMuddy

It was very muddy in places, but a lovely route. It will be nice to go back in a sunnier warmer day as it was foggy the day we completed the trail

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Donna Daniels
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This was a great route, lovely views, a bit muddy in places, mainly flat, very enjoyable.

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Sara Harrison
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Lovely varied walk through rolling countryside and pretty villages. Very muddy in places

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Cristian Tuica
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Alison Mansell
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WalkingMuddy

Lovely walk with nice views. Some inclines but nothing to strenuous. Well sign posted. Enjoyable.

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Ian Cladingboel
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Easy to follow path - one to do again

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Jacqui Goold
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Really lovely and easy to follow. There are some stunning properties and amazing trees to look out for.

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ultimateX gaming
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Pleasant little walk with Brent Ely and Lavenham being the obvious delights. The lane sections are very quiet so don’t let them put you off this walk

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Hannah dye
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lots of variety from field and woodland to pretty country lanes

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Slava Shakura
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Jim Oddie
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Beautiful walk - easy underfoot and a variety of views & terrain.

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Joanna Hare
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Enjoyable and easy for 2 novices

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Kieran C
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Toi-Mia Gardiner
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Molly East
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Daisy Reid
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Mark Durbin
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Scott Owen
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Chris Grout
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Tracy Grew
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Josh White
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John Le Voguer
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Richard Northcott
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