The Hills of Peasenhall

This easy circuit in the hills surrounding Peasenhall and Sibton starts in Dunwich Lane; it could also start at The White Horse, Sibton, and offers hidden, enclosed paths, surprises, and wide views in an historic area. The walk is pleasant in spring and summer, but it would be muddy in very wet weather.
c.6 miles; 3 hours

Southwold & Bungay, OS 231

Southwold & Bungay, OS 231

The start of the walk at Wood Farm

The start of the walk at Wood Farm

Be careful here; the walk appears to be diverted through a bramble patch, and once you have struggled through there are no marking on the other side. Take a diagonal line across the field – the picture below looks back towards the farm. After this the path is obvious, but you will need to use the OS map.

The unmarked footpath at Wood Farm

The unmarked footpath at Wood Farm

In spring the fields here were planted with oil seed rape; now, in August, the next crop is underway and the hedgerows and fields are starting to look autumnal.

Giant puffball

Giant puffball

Ripening blackberries

Ripening blackberries

The path above Peasenhall

Autumn ploughing

The path comes down the hill and on to the road opposite Valley Farm, five minutes from The White Horse at Sibton.

The White Horse at Sibton

Village garden

Village garden

Follow the road round; then take a narrow path to Sibton Abbey, coming out on the hill above Peasenhall.

Narrow path at end of the houses

Path at end of the houses, to Sibton Abbey

Narrow path at end of the houses

Path to Sibton Abbey

The same path in spring!

The same path in spring!

A stretch along road, past the Mill; turn left at the telephone box through the housing estate, and then the path leads down past the school to the main road, the A1120

The remains of the Mill in Mill Road, Peasenhall

The remains of the Mill in Mill Road, Peasenhall

Peasenhall

Peasenhall

Across the main road, along narrow paths and field boundaries, and then through a curious little ‘ravine’ called The Gull, past Pointells Halland up the hill to open fields and wide views again.

The path to The Gull in spring

The path to The Gull in spring

The Gull

The Gull

Pointells Hall

Pointells Hall

The fields south of Peasenhall

The fields south of Peasenhall

The fields south of Peasenhall

The fields south of Peasenhall

The fields in spring

The fields in spring

The path joins the A1120 again for a few yards, past the school, and then turns right towards Sibton Green. At The White Horse the path follows the road to Halesworth, turning off at North Grange Farm to follow a path across fields, coming out on Dunwich Lane where you turn left, past the gates of Heveningham Hall, and find the car parked in the layby at Home Farm turning.

Derelect buildings at the turn off towards North Grange Farm

Derelect buildings at the turn off towards North Grange Farm

Pam's Covert

Pam’s Covert

Towering bales of hay

Towering bales of hay

Gates of Heveningham Hall

Gates of Heveningham Hall

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