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Clare Walkers have published a new book entitled “Fifteen walks around Clare: exploring West Suffolk and North Essex”.
Clare is situated in the Upper Stour Valley with the river marking the boundary between the two counties and there is some wonderful walking to be had exploring both sides of the valley, with miles of rolling countryside, woodland and arable farmland.
The book features all the walks that Clare Walkers have scoped and produced leaflets for. These include 6 circular walks from Clare Castle Country Park, 4 short circular walks based on their regular Tuesday guided ‘wellbeing’ walks, and 4 ‘compass’ linear walks: north, south, east and west. The walks range from 2 to 8 ½ miles in length.
The compass walk south is the Magna Carta Walk from Clare to Castle Hedingham that was waymarked in 2015 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
The final walk in the book is the 50 mile Wool Towns’ Walk encompassing Clare, Sudbury, Hadleigh, Lavenham and Long Melford. The idea for this walk came from Clare Walkers who pitched it to Sudbury Ramblers. They liked the idea, scoped it and walked it for their 50th anniversary walk. And it is now the Challenge Walk in this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival, being walked over 4 days from 13 to 17 May.
The book contain directions, points of interest and OS mapping for each walk, as well as information about Clare, including a timeline of the town’s amazing 1,000+ year history.
It also contains lots of illustrations with over 80 photographs.
The book is available priced £8.99 on-line from, and from the Visitor Centre in Clare Castle Country Park, the TICs in Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds, and Harris and Harris Books, High Street, Clare.

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