The Stour Valley Path

Close up of Stour Valley Path sign

Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the Stour Valley countryside and explore its rich historical associations with a walkers guide to this sixty mile route, from Newmarket, near the source of the River Stour, through the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to Cattawade where the river joins the estuary.

A guide to the Stour Valley Path was produced, sponsored by our friends at Suffolk Cottage Holidays. The Path is split into 10 sections of varying lengths with clear Ordnance Survey based mapping and points of interest to help you enjoy your walk.

Each section has a route card which includes: a description of the route, a map based on the 1:50 000 scale with the Stour Valley Path marked on it, and information on points of interest to see along the way.

It is £5 for a printed guide. To order a printed pack please send a cheque made out to Suffolk County Council for a total of £6.50 (£1.50 P&P), our address is on the contact us page. The Stour Valley Environment Fund receives any income from guide sales.

To help you mark your progress along this route you can download the Stour Valley Path Passport (PDF) and collect a stamp for each section of the walk from one of the venues listed here (PDF). Email us a copy of your passport to receive a certificate and wooden medal to mark your achievement.

You can venture off the Path with our Walks Off The Stour Valley Path series and other walking and cycling routes throughout the Valley.

Long Distance Guided Walks: The Stour Valley Path (Courtesy of Joe Jackson)


Stour Valley Path Guides

From time to time there will be diversions or temporary closures of some sections of the walking and cycling routes promoted in the AONB.


Any changes or updates will be posted on our Promoted Route Updates page, as well as being shared on our social media channels.

Newmarket to Stetchworth – 5 miles (PDF)

Stetchworth to Great Bradley – 4.5 miles (PDF)

Great Bradley to Kedington – 5.7 miles (PDF)

Kedington to Clare – 8 miles (PDF)

Clare to Long Melford – 8.5 miles (PDF)

Long Melford to Great Henny – 7 miles (PDF)

Great Henny to Wormingford – 6 miles (PDF)

Wormingford to Stoke-by-Nayland – 6.5 miles (PDF)

Stoke-by-Nayland to Stratford St Mary – 5.2 miles (PDF)

Stratford St Mary to Cattawade – 4.5 miles (PDF)