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  uphill track and left at Marten’s Lane (Maria was born and lived in cottages close by), taking the footpath on the right opposite the entrance to Cherrytree Farm. The Polstead Black is a local cherry variety.
Continue along the back of a large garden, around the edge of open grassland and through the kissing gate (close to the Red Barn murder site). Go left at the next kissing gate through an atmospheric tunnel of trees – does Maria’s ghost walk these paths? – passing a small pond, and on through another gate. Crossing the meadow follow its curve right, climbing up between houses and back to the village green.
Distance 8km
Time 2 hours 30
Terrain Footpaths, farm fields and quiet lanes
Map OS Landranger 155 or OS Explorer 196
Access Parking on village green or by pond; bus from Sudbury and Colchester stops at Stoke-by-Nayland
Painting of Stoke-by Nayland by Steven Binks
“Along the way there’s a tale of gruesome murder and a
spot of Georgian scandal thrown in for good measure.”
Walk taken from the book Suffolk: 40 Coast and Country Walks by Darren Flint and Donald Greig. Pocket Mountains
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