Suffolk heritage includes Ancient Woodlands such as Bradfield Woods featured in a walk in mid-August. This walk passes through several woods, two Ancient and a covert between two woods near Baylham.
The walk begins in Barking and starts with a gentle slope toward a small copse at the top. A farm track that turns through undulating arable land takes you to a small church in Darmsden. A quiet country lane from the church to Roebuck Farm through to Hulverhill Woods. A mix of coppice and pollard trees with huge oaks taking centre stage make this small wood an interesting break from modern managed woods.
Hard to miss Wildlife met on the walk red flags this a favourite. Small and young deer appear like magic. They tease you, standing there looking picture perfect until your camera is ready, then invisible as you click the shutter button.
Evidence of badgers inside woods with freshly cleaned sets and outdoor badger bogs, suitable distance from the front entrance and enough warning to keep your distance.
Blackberries now at their best and plenty of untouched accessible fruit for natural sustenance on the way. Even a small Giant Puffball or two suggests in a couple of weeks this walk will be worthy of return with the panniers for my beast of burden (a small motorbike) and a couple of Tesco bags.
At the northern edge of Bonny Wood you can join a marked trail. There is no way through so you must walk around, an oversight perhaps or a strategic move by the Reserve to protect wildlife.
Priestly Wood, next door to Bonny is open access and you are free to enjoy the entire wood. Woodbanks and boundery pollards are clearly visible and an interesting ‘oniony’ smell evidence of some bulbous plant hidden deep inside the wood has found light through the canopy.
Distance: 7½ Miles
Elevation Range: 100 to 230 feet
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Route Card: The Ancient Woods of Barking Suffolk
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