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Rendlesham Forest Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Rendlesham Forest Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Rendlesham Forest Walks was about 6 miles in distance. The terrain of this walk was fairly flat with a combination of forest paths and tracks plus road sections. The Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. The ground was fairly flat and there were no stiles to negotiate. However, there was one very marshy section which required balancing on logs. If you are lucky, you may see some deer.

This walk was two circular walks which made-up a figure of eight walk route. The first walk was via a southern marshy valley and the second was via Green Farm in the north. Both walks began at the Rendlesham Forest Centre picnic site, Suffolk, England.

On the southern marshy valley walk, leg one started from the picnic site, heading south east on forest paths and tracks to a road. Leg two turned west on a road and forest path to a track junction. Leg three headed north west on a track to a forestry road. To complete this walk, leg four turned north east on a forestry road and path back to the picnic site.

On the northern Green Farm walk, leg one started from the picnic site, heading east on short sections of access roads and a track to a road corner. Leg two turned north on a road to a wide gap on left after Green Farm. Leg three headed west on a forest path and track to a track junction. To complete this walk, leg four turned south on a track to a track junction; then west on a track and short access road sections back to the picnic site.

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Rendlesham Forest Walks Route

The Rendlesham Forest Walks route was two circular walks which made up a figure of eight.

Rendlesham Forest Walks – Southern Marshy Valley

Rendlesham Forest Walks – Southern Marshy Valley walk was about 3 miles in distance and circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.

The terrain of this route was a combination of forest path and tracks and a road section. Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. The ground was fairly flat and there were no stiles to negotiate. However, there was one very marshy section which required balancing on logs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from the picnic site, heading south east along forest paths and tracks to a road.

  1. From the picnic site, we went down a path with the toilet block on our right.
  2. On reaching a cross track we turned left a short way along a track to a track junction.
  3. Here we turned right along a track along a woodland clearing.
  4. The track became a path which veered to the right hand corner of the clearing and entered the forest.
  5. From here we followed the path with red markers, curving left.
  6. After a while the path curved left again and we crossed a bridge over a large pond.
  7. Beyond the pond we turned right along a track alongside a marshy valley.
  8. We followed the track and after about 500 metres we went straight ahead across a major track.
  9. We continued ahead, still on the red trail for about another 500 metres until the red trail turned sharp left.
  10. Leaving the red trail, we turned right to take an unsigned grassy path.
  11. Before long we crossed a very marshy area, needing to balance on logs in one section, to reach a road after about 400 metres.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.25 of a mile to this point, the second leg turned west along a road and forest path to a track junction.

  1. Here we turned right along the road.
  2. We continued on the road until we reached a slight left bend in the road.
  3. Here we took a signed footpath on the right.
  4. We continue almost straight ahead along the path for about 150 metres to a track junction.

Leg 3

Having walked about 1.75 miles to this point, the third leg headed north west along a track to a forestry road.

  1. Here we turned right along a wide straight forest track.
  2. We continued on this straight track, ignoring all turning until we reached a forestry road in about 1.5 kilometres.

Leg 4

Having walked about 2.5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned north east along a forestry road and path back to the picnic site.

  1. Here we turned right along the forestry road.
  2. After about 200 metres, after a slight right hand bend, we reached a path on the left with a red markers.
  3. We turn left to follow the red markers, soon veering right along a narrow path through trees.
  4. The path emerged onto a track and we turned left back into the picnic site.

Rendlesham Forest Walks – Northern Green Farm

Rendlesham Forest Walks – Northern Green Farm walk was about 3 miles in distance and circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

The terrain of this route was a combination of forest tracks and road sections. The Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. The ground was fairly flat and there were no stiles to negotiate.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from the picnic site, heading east along short sections of access roads and a track to a road corner.

  1. From the picnic site we followed the short section of access road out of the picnic area.
  2. We crossed the main access road and walked along another short section of access road.
  3. After passing a pair of red brick cottages on our left, to where the road curved right into the caravan site.
  4. Here we went straight ahead around two barriers along a broad grassy forest track.
  5. Following the track under overhead lines, we crossed a track.
  6. We continued straight ahead and eventually went around a barrier to reach the corner of a road in about 1.5 kilometres.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1 of a mile to this point, the second leg turned north along a road to a wide gap on left after Green Farm.

  1. We turned left along this quiet little road beside fields.
  2. After about 1 kilometre we passed Green Farm, a red brick house on the right.
  3. We continued on the road for about 100 metres after Green Farm to a wide gap on the left.

Leg 3

Having walked about 1.6 miles to this point, the third leg headed west along a forest path and track to a track junction.

  1. We turned left here on a narrow path to the right of the wide gap, back into the forest.
  2. We continued straight ahead along on this gradually widening track.
  3. When the ground became open on the left and the old Woodbridge Airfield perimeter fence came into view about 250 metres ahead, we reached a track on the left.

Leg 4

Having walked about 2.2 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned south along a track to a track junction; then west along a track and short access road sections back to the picnic site.

  1. Here we turned left along a wide track across open ground and crossed a crossed over a path to enter the forest.
  2. We kept straight ahead along this track, crossing a stony forest road, to reach a track junction with the caravan site ahead.
  3. Here we turned right along a track, retracing our steps via two barriers and the red brick cottages on the right.
  4. We continued ahead along a short section of access road to cross the main access road and followed the short section of access road back into the picnic site.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Suffolk hiking holiday during March 2017. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Aldeburgh, Suffolk to the starting location of Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. We parked in the pay & display car park at Rendlesham Forest Centre, by the picnic site toilets at grid reference GR353484. This was also the start location of the hikes.

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