Around Weybread & Fressingfield

We parked at the Church in Weybread, but this easy walk could also begin in Fressingfield. We walked in both directions, over three months, on paths through quiet, farming country with the birds and deer for company.

c.5.5 miles; c.2.75 hours
OS Map, 230, 1:25,000

Fressingfield map, 2 001

St Andrew, Weybread, is one of thirty eight round-tower churches in Suffolk – a Mediaeval church which was renovated in Victorian times. The church includes a memorial to Alfred Ablett, Suffolk’s first recipient of the Victoria Cross; there is an amazing wall painting from the 1890s; and beautiful bosses on the ceiling, as well as ‘free’ pews – it is worth lingering.

St Andrew, Weybread

St Andrew, Weybread

Wall painting by Clayton & Bell, St Andrew, Weybread

Wall painting by Clayton & Bell, St Andrew, Weybread

Sergeant Alfred Ablett, VC DCM

Sergeant Alfred Ablett, VC DCM

Walk down the lane from the church, cross the main road, and take the public footpath behind Middleton’s Farm Nurseries, a wonderful, friendly source of beautiful plants. The path leads past holiday cottages and then continues across fields down to Fressingfield.

Middleton's Farm Nurseries

Middleton’s Farm Nurseries

MIddleton's Farm & fishing lake

MIddleton’s Farm & fishing lake

Ripening crops around Weybread

Ripening crops around Weybread

WWII pillbox in Mill Lane

WWII pillbox in Mill Lane

Harvesting

Harvesting

Fressingfield lies in a river valley and is a fascinating village, with a church dating to 1320s, and a Guildhall, but we didn’t linger…

The Church of St Peter & St Paul, Fressingfield

The Church of St Peter & St Paul, Fressingfield

The Guildhall, Fressingfield

The Guildhall, Fressingfield

The path out of Fressingfield is just beyond the Medical Centre. We walked this path in June, and then again at the end of July.

Outside Fressingfield in June

Outside Fressingfield in June

Pyramidal orchids on a hillside outside Fressingfield in June

Pyramidal orchids on a hillside outside Fressingfield in June

The same hillside at the end of July

The same hillside at the end of July

HIgh Suffolk at the end of July

High Suffolk at the end of July

You may be interested in
History of Weybread
Fressingfield and here
Christopher Somerville Walks

 

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