Walk: Borley and Liston
PUBLISHED: 10:49 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:49 22 May 2017
Enjoy a walk in this quiet and serene corner of Essex around the parishes of Borley and Liston, which both retain parish churches, plus cottages and countryside, to admire. Words and pictures by Laurie Page of the Public Rights of Way team at Essex County Council
Distance: 4.1 miles.
Starting point: Melford Country Park, which is actually just over the county border in Suffolk. It is in Borley Road, just south of Long Melford, off the B1064.
Map: OS Explorer 196 Sudbury, Hadleigh & Dedham Vale
Refreshment: Long Melford has several pubs to choose from. The nearest to the walk is the George and Dragon in the main street. You can picnic in the Country Park where there are seats and benches provided.
Tourist Information Centre: The Library, Sudbury, Market Hill, CO10 2EN. Call 01787 881320
Place of interest nearby: There are two stately homes within a stones throw of each other in Long Melford, both dating from around the same time in the Tudor period. Kentwell Hall is one of the best visitor attractions in Suffolk and hosts period re-creation days such as the Tudor Day when everyone dresses up in Tudor costume and speaks old English. Visit www.kentwell.co.uk
The red brick Melford House is owned by the National Trust. Queen Elizabeth stayed here in 1578 and surviving from this era is the Long Galllery and a Tudor Pavilion. Visit www.melfordhall.co.uk
Go to the rear of the car park where you can leave via a path that leads to the gate by the road.
Turn left and cross the river bridge by the walkway on the left side. Continue to the next road junction where there is a footpath ahead of you on the corner. Follow the path across the field and soon it crosses over a little bridge on the left. Continue around the horse paddock and into the next field.
Cross the field, heading directly for the church tower you see peeping above the trees in the distance. At the other end of the field, by the white post, proceed straight on towards the church along the field edge going gently uphill. At the top, go through the field gate and bear right through the next gate and then on between fences to the lane.
Turn right along the lane to the next road junction. Here you turn right into the dead end road. Continue past Inglenook Cottage following the track which is a bridleway. This bends left and then descends to Brook Hall Farm where you go straight on and uphill past the silos on a footpath heading down towards the wood. Continue around the left side of the wood to the cottage by the lane.
Turn left along the road using the verge on the right-hand side. After a short distance, take the next footpath on the right onto a wide, unmade track. Continue to a little path junction by the house where you turn right onto a concrete track. Descend gently down to Liston Church by the road.
Go straight over along the lane. At Little Hall, just before the Weak Bridge sign, turn right onto a rather concealed footpath (unless you wish to extend the walk and go straight on into the village of Long Melford).
Follow the fence and then you emerge onto the edge of a large field. At the end, go through a metal kissing gate then, at the other end of this field, another gate and proceed to the road. Turn left along the road, passing Liston Place and when you reach the next road junction turn left along the road. Watch out for fast moving traffic and keep to the verge on the right.
Continue to the junction in point 1 where you retrace your steps back across the bridge and into Melford Country Park.