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Walks in Haverhill and Clare included in historic walks promotion

Haverhill and Clare are both included in a series of Summer walks created to get people exercising while also discovering more of the county’s history.

Routes around both towns are included in ‘Suffolk Steps’, a collection of local historic walks and trails developed by The Association for Suffolk Museums (AfSM) and other partners throughout Suffolk.

AfSM is an independent charity and membership body which brings together over 60 volunteer and professionally staffed museums in Suffolk to share expertise and resources across the county. Among them are Haverhill Local History Centre and the Ancient House Museum in Clare.

Nethergate House in Clare (38658133)
Nethergate House in Clare (38658133)

A spokesperson for AfSM said: “The free walks are designed to help all ages stay active and uncover hidden history in the towns and Suffolk countryside.”

One of the walks listed is the Haverhill Local History Group Audio Trail, which organisers say is an ‘easy’ walk that should take no more than one-and-a-half hours.

The ‘Historic Clare Town Trail’ takes participants around the town, where they have seven posts, each with three faces, and 21 pavement markers to guide them on the route.

One of the Clare Town Trail posts used to help mark out the route and provide information
One of the Clare Town Trail posts used to help mark out the route and provide information

The trail begins opposite the Platform One Café in Clare Castle Country Park and takes people through the outer bailey, to Market Hill.

It then goes north around the church up to the edge of Clare Common, and back towards the church to the High Street.

From the High Street, you will be directed down Clare’s grandest street, Nethergate.

The Swan pub in Clare's High Street
The Swan pub in Clare's High Street

You will cross the Stour at the early iron bridge, walk along one of the railway walks alongside the ‘New Cut’ of the Stour, into Clare Priory, then finally back to Clare Castle Country Park.

Keeping active is a key theme for Suffolk Steps’ partner, Keep Moving Suffolk, a local campaign aimed at helping people stay active during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keep Moving Suffolk aims to inspire and encourage people to stay active by sharing ideas, tips, useful links and positive stories using the hashtag #KeepMovingSuffolk.

You can explore Suffolk Steps by downloading the trails to your phone, or printing if you have access to a printer, after logging on to https://suffolkmuseums.org/projects/suffolk-steps/

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