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Broom Hill Short Walk – Coddenham

Love Lane Coddenham Ipswich Suffolk IP6 9PP

Broom Hill Sign

This great little walk is a community project winding through the woods from Coddenham to Hemingstone in the heart of rural Suffolk.

It starts opposite the Dukes Head pub up Love Lane. There’s a public footpath running through between the houses and up to the top of Broom Hill. The sight that greets you as you go over the top is fantastic as it drops right down towards Hemingstone and Claydon and you can see the grounds of Shrublands Hall.

Following the footpath down there are several rustic benches to stop and take in the view, as well as little picnic table at one point too! This really is a well thought out project that has not spoilt the natural surroundings in any way.

Picnic  Bird box

We found snowdrops in mid February, and later you may see small copper butterflies, green woodpeckers and pyramidal orchids if you’re lucky.

Snowdrops - close up  Snowdrops

As you reach the bottom of the hill, the path winds round to the right and then along the side of Hemingstone Hall, coming out on the road. Turning left and walking along the edge of the stream you are greeted by the sight of what I think is possibly the most stunning house ever. This is still privately owned so please don’t go wandering in there!

Hemingstone Hall  Hemingstone Moat

You can keep heading East if you want to extend your walk but we doubled back shortly after and headed back to Coddenham to the deli & coffee shop! The first thing you’ll see as you hit the village along the bottom path is the church as you round the bend.

Church DSCN0679

The Broom Hill walk itself would only take about 45 minutes to an hour, ambling along.

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