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St Edmund Way

Essex, Suffolk

129 km / 80 miles
A route across Suffolk, using the Stour Valley Path (East Anglia) to Sudbury and Long Melford and then going via Lavenham and Little Welnetham to Bury St Edmunds, burial place of the martyr King Edmund slain by the Danes in 869, along the waymarked Lark Valley Path (13 miles and included on OS mapping) to the Icknield Way Path at West Stow before striking over the Brecks to Thetford and the Hereward Way.

UPDATE September 2022:
The Fen Bridge footbridge over the River Stour (Grid Reference TM 068 336) is due to be replaced in September 2022. Its closure (early 2020) and removal (since January 2022) have meant diversions via Dedham Hall.
UPDATE 20th September 2022: Fen Bridge has been replaced on schedule, and is due to re-open on October 9th 2022.

Strider News - December 2023 (Publication Update)



Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy
Start: TM094322 - Manningtree, Essex View on StreetMap
Finish: TL784866 - Brandon, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Web Sites: St Edmund Way (WalkingInTheWild) website Griffmonster - St Edmunds Way posts [blog] Annierak - St Edmund Way [blog] St Edmund Way complete [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Suffolk's Hidden Hiking Trails  (Joe Jackson  - 2021 )
Guidebook St Edmund Way  (Joe Jackson  - 2023 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 144, 155, 168, 169
OS Landranger Active 144, 155, 168, 169
OS Explorer 184, 195, 196, 211, 229
OS Explorer Active 184, 195, 196, 211, 229
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
St Edmund Way 1: Manningtree to Sudbury (Yellow Publications - 2023)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
St Edmund Way 2: Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds (Yellow Publications - 2023)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
St Edmund Way 3: Bury St Edmunds to Brandon (Yellow Publications - 2023)

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58 km

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Route Profile:

127.4 km (79.2 miles)
1,170 m (3,839 ft) ascent
96 m (315 ft)  maximum height

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