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Stetchworth Stud Farms is a 9.3 kilometer loop trail located near Newmarket, Suffolk, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 9.3 km Elevation Gain: 145 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

Stetchworth is 3 miles south of Newmarket and is surrounded by woodland, farmland and stud farms, whose paddocks form an oasis in the agricultural monoculture of East Anglia. While this is not an area of outstanding natural beauty, it does offer a quiet backwater with attractive countryside, a host of wildlife and plenty of horses. This circular walk encourages you to look for the wildlife (especially birds) that you may encounter along the route. Details of what to look for are included at the end of each section. It is possible (on a good day) to record 50 species of birds, 3 species of deer and foxes etc. In addition, badgers can be seen walking some of the same paths if you linger by the woodland sections at dusk. Both the Icknield Way Trail and Stour Valley Path pass through the village of Stetchworth and some sections of this walk follow the route of these long distance waymarked trails. The route is generally easy, with footpaths that are usually well maintained. However, some short sections can get overgrown with bushes, thistles or brambles until they are cleared in late summer/autumn. In winter, the underlying bolder clay can become wet and sticky so stout footwear is required. The Stetchworth locale is at its best in April and May, when the paths dry out, the vegetation is short and the birds are all singing! The terrain is gently undulating with some gentle slopes that should not deter anyone of average fitness. There are five kissing gates, three of which are negotiated twice - there and back. One section follows a very quiet country lane, but those who want to avoid this can use a short cut that is mentioned in the route details. Dogs: All the Stud Farms along the route ask dog owners to keep dogs on a lead. In addition, you might encounter horses and riders along parts of the route so it is important that dogs are kept under close control. Ordnance Survey Maps: Explorer 210 (recommended), Landranger 154.

8 months ago

Lovely walk, nothing too strenuous. Saw a herd of deer numbering around 30, giant stag in the middle it was spectacular as we got very close. Had a decent pint at the Bull in Borough Green.

5 months ago

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