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Seven of the best country parks in Suffolk you should visit for your dose of fresh air




Autumn is well and truly underway and while time spent outdoors may dwindle as temperatures drop, you may be looking for a change of scenery for a weekend walk.

Whether you're wanting somewhere to stroll, a place the children can run around or simply to enjoy nature, country parks are perfect for whiling away the hours.

We've put together a list of Suffolk's seven best country parks for you to check out for your dose of fresh air.

Suffolk's best country parks
Suffolk's best country parks

1. Brandon Country Park

Located inside the Thetford Forest, Brandon Country Park is home to miles of walking trails, cycle paths and a historic arboretum, alongside other highlights.

The covering of trees is ideal if you are looking to enjoy a warm day without the sun beating down on you.

Brandon Country Park. Picture: Mecha Morton
Brandon Country Park. Picture: Mecha Morton

After burning the calories whilst out in nature, a cup of tea and slice of cake at Copper Beech tearoom is just what the doctor ordered.

2. Clare Castle Country Park

If you're looking for adventure with a twist Clare Castle Country Park is the one for you.

Visitors can marvel at the 13th century stone castle, set upon a 60ft high moat overlooking the town.

Clare Castle Country Park. Picture by Mark Westley
Clare Castle Country Park. Picture by Mark Westley

As well as open green spaces, there are numerous footpaths for visitors to explore, with the River Stour offering a tranquil spot to unwind.

3. Great Cornard Country Park

The vast open green space located in Sudbury covers just over four miles and is the ideal place to stroll along and unwind.

Those on a 10,000-step challenge should consider visiting this spot as it covers around 9,500 steps in circumference.

4. Long Melford Country Park

Stretching past a former railway line, there is so much to see at Long Melford Country Park.

Old bridges and wooded valleys make this an excellent place for an afternoon adventure.

Melford country park. Picture: Google Maps.
Melford country park. Picture: Google Maps.

This is the perfect place to tuck into a picnic as there are benches scattered across the park, which double as a great place to take a seat if running around becomes tiring.

5. Orwell County Park

Opening in 1995 the country park covers three main areas: Piper’s Vale, Bridge Wood and Braziers Wood.

There are six pedestrian areas and numerous car parks making the park easily accessible both on foot and by car.

This location has also been awarded Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

6. Nowton Park

Stretching almost 200 acres, there is something for everyone at Nowton Park.

From a football pitch for sports enthusiasts to a large play area to keep the kids amused, you can easily find a whole day of entertainment here.

Nowton country park. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Nowton country park. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Nature lovers will also be able to spot trees from around the world in the unique arboretum.

Whilst the park is free to enter, there is a charge to leave your car in the car park.

7. West Stow Country Park

Surrounding the Anglo Saxon Village and with 125 acres of unspoiled countryside, trails, heath and woodland walks, there is plenty to explore at West Stow Country Park.

For wildlife enthusiasts, there are two bird hides and a bird feeding area as well as a lake and the River Lark with all the life that this attracts.

West Stow Anglo Saxon village and country park. Picture by Mark Westley
West Stow Anglo Saxon village and country park. Picture by Mark Westley

Between March and July, dogs must be kept on leads due to nesting season.

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