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To view the film made by Andy and Janet Taplin in support of our bid for the Suffolk Village of the Year competition (ie 2014)click HERE. It's a fantastic production!

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Also on the Contacts page you'll find MAPS!

Fancy a bike ride ?
Print this document out and get yourself to Hawstead Village Hall car park to start this circular tour which passes by a number of local pubs
Cycle ride v3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [960.4 KB]

Here are a few more rides, all circular, starting from the Village Green (though of course you could start anywhere on the routes):

Bike Ride 1 is just over 9 miles long
Not too hilly once you've got up Bells Lane. You could make a short diversion to go to the Red House in Stanningfield and/or have a picnic on the adjacent Green.
Adobe Acrobat document [260.7 KB]
Bike Ride 2 is 8 miles long
I suggest you tackle this ride in a clockwise direction. But you can go either way - the hills are on Whepstead Road and Bull Lane - so whichever way one is up and one is down!
Adobe Acrobat document [272.6 KB]
Bike Ride 3 is 12 miles long
I think this is best done in an anti-clockwise direction. You go up Bull Lane at the beginning, but after that, apart from the very short uphill bit by Stanningfield Church, it's pretty easy cycling. It's a nice downhill along a lot of Donkey Lane and you've got downhill along Bells Lane at the end to look forward to!
Adobe Acrobat document [320.2 KB]
Bike Ride 4 is 25 miles long and takes the form of a figure of eight.
You first loop round to the east through Stanningfield and then further south before sharply turning back northwards, eventually turning left along Brands Lane (not labelled on map) and then over to the west, visiting Whepstead, Rede and Hawkedon before turning east for Hartest and then back home via Folly Lane and Whepstead Road.
Adobe Acrobat document [401.3 KB]

The cycle shop Maglia Rosso, which occupies the former Metcalfe Arms pub, has devised a number of cycle routes starting from the shop There's a 15 mile route, a 25 mile route, a 46 mile route and evcen a 100 mile one!

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