Dullingham Walk 3
Great Widgham Wood - Ten Wood
This circular waymarked walk will take about 2 hours; 20 minutes less if you use the short cut described.
The walk is interesting, taking in varied terrain which offers interesting seasonal changes (wonderful wildflowers in summer) some good views over rolling open countryside, wildlife in the form of deer, hares and birds, and the headwaters of the Stour river, on which kingfishers have been seen. In winter waterproof footwear is a good idea.
Great Widgham Wood - Ten Wood
Duration - approx 2 hours, 20 mins
Distance: 4.3 miles (7.0k) & 3.7 miles (6.0k)
Dullingham walk 3
- Park on the verge near gate No 28 (on your left, just before a turning area which you will see ahead of you).
- Walk about 200 metres further up the Ley and just before a passing place look out for the start of the walk on your left. Note that in the summer the finger post may be obscured by greenery.
- The path takes you under a wooded canopy between two fences (image 1).
- Cross a small wooden bridge and you emerge heading towards Ten Wood, with a drainage ditch on your right (image 2).
- At the wood turn right onto the Stour Valley Path (which will take you all the way to the coast if you keep going long enough). Keep an eye open for deer along here – individuals and also a herd that includes some albinos.
- At the end of Ten Wood you emerge into a lighter open area, with very different countryside – rolling hills and fields (image 3). The path here is crossed frequently by well- used deer paths; hares are common.
- At the end of Great Widgham Wood the path is less well defined as you approach a tributary of the Stour River.
- Cross this on the bridge and weir and turn right on a track, following the waymarks.
- You will soon have a choice at a small concrete ford – a good place for the dog to drink. (image 4).
- Either turn right over another bridge and weir to take a short cut up towards Plunder Wood – the path skirts the wood to the left then turns right and eventually meets the main route of this walk at a small wooden bridge and stile (see below).
- If you opt to stay on the Stour Valley Path you are rewarded by another good view of pretty country to your left and ahead you see the village of Great Bradley (image 5).
- Cross the main part of the Stour River at a ford and footbridge and turn right over a stile just before Waterfield Barn (image 6). On your right is a view of the river. (image 7).
- The path is not very well defined here but navigation is easy – keep the river on your right and after about 200 metres look for a right hand turn just after a farm gate – cross the Stour over a bridge with a stile at each end.
- You are now moving north towards Plunder Wood (image 8).
- The path turns left over a bridge of railway sleepers. When you reach the wood note the stile and bridge on your right where the short cut rejoins the main route, which now skirts the wood close to the fence.
- After crossing a stile on your right turn around to admire the view (image 9) then turn left and enter Out Wood.
- Soon you will see a waymark on your right – turn there and exit the wood next to Widgham Farm.
- Turn onto the Ley and return to your car which is about 10 minutes away.
The route map for each of the walks are courtesy of www.openstreetmap.org