Bury St EdmundsStowmarket

Bursto one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.

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Bury St Edmunds
Grid Ref TL8551564230
Lat / Lon 52.24499° / 0.71595°
Easting / Northing 585,515E / 264,230N
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Grid Ref TM0515358853
Lat / Lon 52.18976° / 0.99994°
Easting / Northing 605,153E / 258,853N
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Bursto One's land is

Arable 66.7%
Pasture 13.9%
Urban 19.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



25 Apr 2021 Spring

I completed this route from Stowmarket to Bury St Edmunds with a break point in Woolpit. At 25km it is a long route and is better broken up with Woolpit as a mid-point albeit its 9.5km from Stowmarket and 15.5km from BSE. The route is a mixture of waymarked footpaths, pavements and quiet country roads with no pavement. There are 4 stiles, 1 flight of steps, a barrel gate and 1 gate during the route, all featuring between the Drinkstone and Rougham stretch, plus a fair few footbridges. It is fairly narrow in places and the ground can be uneven on footpaths, especially crossing fields. There are 2 pedestrian crossings in total plus several road crossings to take care of. There is one major stretch of National Speed Limit road between Hessett and Rougham, most of which can be avoided by taking a waymarked footpath that also saves 400m. I will be posting an alternative route that in total would save nearly 2.0km without compromising safety or views. In terms of amenities, there are plenty at the start and finish points in Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Woolpit has a Co-op, 2 pubs (1 with overnight accomodation) a fish&chip shop and a bakery. Rougham has a convenience store en route for refreshments. I measured the route with GPS as 25.5km so a little over the recommendation. Overall its a nice route with several chuches passed, I especially liked the Estate at Rushbrooke with spectacular views and a field of horses by a lake. Its varied enough to keep it interesting.

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