Helmingham deer park

Submitted by Anonymous Walker on 25 August 2012
OS Explorer Map: 211 - Bury St Edmunds & Stowmarket
 
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A circular, stroll-(1-2-hours) countryside walk in England starting at Helmingham, Suffolk, about 5km (roughly 3 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.

This walk, a short bus ride from Ipswich, is an opportunity to see deer in a setting that feels quite different to much of Suffolk. Fallow and red deer herds wander about the large park, and the grounds are often deserted, giving you some peace and quiet to admire the animals.

Buses to Helmingham are not that regular - they leave Ipswich every three hours, three times a day - but the buses back are about 2.5 hours later, which is enough time to explore the park. The park is a joy all year round, and particularly captivating in winter.

Start: Helmingham, OS Grid: TM188570 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 28m (94ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 59m (194ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 30m (100ft)
Max. Elevation: 70m (229ft)

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OS Grid: TM188570
Take the bus to Helmingham. At the T-junction, look for the footpath sign hidden in the undergrowth (overgrowth?) which will point you to the stile into the deer park. Note the stiles are quite high, to prevent deer getting out.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TM184575
A path leads across the grounds, past the impressive Helmingham Hall. The deer herds are likely to be found around this area.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TM174578
Head past the obelisk in the grounds, and to the boundary. Here, take the path cutting across the grounds to the east.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TM185580
This junction isn't so easy to spot, but just turn off towards the house.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TM190575
The path exits the deer park near the church.
OS Grid: TM188572
Return to the T-junction for the bus stop. The bus stop heading the other is just up from the T-junction.
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