Hare Farm Walk

  • 45mins
  • easy
  • ca. 2 miles

About

This walk explores the green lane system and passes the outlying Hare and Maltings Farms, returning to the Barn via quiet public roads. There are no gates or stiles on this walk.

The walk starts at Blackthorpe Barn where you can find plenty of free parking as well as Roots Café and the Garden Room shop. Please remember that the gates to the avenue entrance are locked after the Cafe and Shop close. More details here.

For more general information about this and other walks, see Walks around Rougham Estate. We hope you have a lovely walk.

Use the Google Map below on your phone to follow the path shown or print the route out, if you prefer, using the Download PDF button near the top of the page.

If you can’t access the map through the image above, use this google map link

Go on the Hare Farm Walk with George and Bolly in this video, where George Agnew narrates the walk covering interesting information along the way:

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Waypoints

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Step 1

Set off from Blackthorpe Barn carpark turning left up the avenue, walking for about 300 metres.

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Step 2

Then take the footpath branching off to the left. When you reach the end use caution as you emerge onto a busy public road.

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Step 3

Turn left here by a poop bin and then turn right immediately and walk up Mouse Lane. Use the right-hand pavement. Follow this until you approach the first mid-century house ahead of you.

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Step 4

At this point the footpath leads off at an angle to the right and follows along behind some further houses. Continue on this path as it narrows and becomes a green lane. Follow this until you meet a junction in the green lanes.

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Step 5

Turn right here and walk along this beautiful lane, flanked by veteran trees and ancient hedges which meet over the top.

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Step 6

At the end of this green lane you emerge on the public road called Elderstubb Lane. This is normally quiet but do take care. Turn right and follow this road as it passes through a tunnel of hedges. Keep any dogs on short leads.

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Step 7

At the far end of this tunnel, you emerge into more open country with Hare Farmhouse on your right which is a charming little thatched Estate cottage. Continue down the road until you come to a T junction.

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Step 8

Turn right here and follow this tree- and hedge-lined road for half a mile, until you reach a junction.

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Step 9

On your left front you will see the entrance to the Blackthorpe Barn avenue. Cross into the avenue with care.

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Step 10

Continue down the avenue to the Blackthorpe Barn and the Roots Café where refreshments await.

Important information

Are all these walks on Rougham Estate land?

We have endeavoured to provide a real variety of walks based on land within the Rougham Estate, however some destinations are a little remote and to achieve circular walks rather than walks which just retrace their steps, where necessary, use has been made of the extensive footpath network and chosen public footpaths on our neighbours’ land, to complete the journeys in more interesting ways.

Can I do this walk with a wheelchair?

The Rougham Estate walks, starting from Blackthorpe Barn, are largely based on existing Estate paths and public rights of way. They mostly pass through woodland and along field-side paths.
Each walk is given a difficulty rating ranging from “easy”, which are the most accessible, to “hard”, which are the most challenging and may include stiles, kissing gates, steps, steep slopes and meadows with cattle.

All these walks follow existing paths and are subject to mud and puddles in wet weather, fallen branches and trees during and after storms, ice and snow during frozen weather. Brambles and nettles are common anywhere and will overhang the paths during the summer. Stinging insects including wasps, bees and hornets may be encountered and midges and mosquitos are common on summer evenings. Adders are rare but do exist and should not be approached.
The Blackthorpe Barn has a defibrillator available for emergency use.

Rougham is located in a very flat part of Suffolk and as such is more accessible than most other parts of the country, but concepts of accessibility are all relative and the final judgement must be the responsibility the visitor themselves.

The Rougham Estate does its best to make public areas as available as possible.
The Estate cannot accept responsibility for accidents or injuries incurred during visits or walks on the Estate, though every effort is made to make them as usable as possible.

Must my dog be kept on a lead?

Here at Rougham we love dogs and really appreciate the importance that they hold for people in their lives and on their walks and outdoor adventures together.
We ask that you keep your canine friends on a lead when you are walking in Rougham. It is safer for the dog and much safer for wildlife.

Ground nesting birds and other wildlife are seriously threatened by dogs running loose. They can also frighten other people who are less comfortable with dogs, but who would also like to walk.

Finally, you will not be able to see where they poop and so will not be able to clear it up and leave a hazard for future walkers.

Some of the walks shown here include sections on public rights of way over land owned by other people. As a courtesy to them too, please always keep your dogs on the lead.
Thank you!

What about dogs and poop bags?

Please ensure that you carry poop bags with you on your doggy walks. If you don’t have any with you, you can buy some in the Garden Room shop. It is so important that you clear up after your dog and then take the bag away with you.
You will find poop bins located near Blackthorpe Barn and Roots Café. Finding abandoned poop bags hanging in the branches of trees or just left on the ground is very unattractive for future walkers on the route so please do take them with you.
Thank you so much.

What are the difficulty levels?

We have given each walk a difficulty level, as a guide to the potential walker as to what to expect, from “easy” to “hard”.

The Rougham Estate walks are largely based on existing Estate paths and public rights of way, at times passing through woodland and along field-side paths.

A difficulty rating of “easy” means the path is most accessible.
A difficulty rating of “hard” means the path is one of the most challenging possibly including stiles, kissing gates, steps, steep slopes and meadows with cattle.
A difficulty rating of “medium” is between the two.

None of the walks are very hard as we live in Suffolk, not the Lake District, however some people are looking for something very gentle and others, something a bit more challenging.

What should I wear for these walks?

These walks lead through the Suffolk countryside and so expect to find muddy patches, nettles and thistles. It is important to remember that the weather may change during your walk too, especially if the walk is a long one.

Remember to wear sensible boots and take something waterproof along as well.
A sun hat for warmer weather is important too.

Roots cake landscape

Start your walk with a coffee, end with a cake.

Experience a charming and cosy spot located in the heart of the beautiful countryside. The café boasts a tranquil and serene atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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Birdsong… 

An evening’s walk enjoying Rougham Estates green lanes and the beauty of nature. 

The best things in life are free!

Please note the gates to the Estate car park close when the cafe and shop close shortly after 4pm. 

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Birdsong…

An evening’s walk enjoying Rougham Estates green lanes and the beauty of nature.

The best things in life are free!

Please note the gates to the Estate car park close when the cafe and shop close shortly after 4pm.

#birdsong #birdsongs #RoughamEstate #BlackthorpeBarn #proudlyeastanglia #suffolklife #TranquilSpaces

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To celebrate World Bee Day, Rougham Estate Manager, Simon Eddell, went out with our resident Bee Keeper, Zac, who’s been using the Estate for 14 years to locate his hives. 
There are now a whopping 50 colonies on the Estate!
 
Bees are key to our environment and this is a great example of our farming practices and conservation management working in harmony. 

Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination and an incredible one in three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators like bees.

So here’s to our local bees, busy working today and every day. Take good care of them and if you enjoy honey, why not pick some up when you are next at the Estate!

#roughamestate #blackthorpebarn #burystedmunds #bees #beesofinstagram #beekeepers #beekeeping #worldbeeday #beehive #honeybees #honeybee #beehives #suffolkbeekeepers #burystedmundssuffolk #roughamroots #localhoney #honeycombs #honeycomb #honey #worldbeeday2024

To celebrate World Bee Day, Rougham Estate Manager, Simon Eddell, went out with our resident Bee Keeper, Zac, who’s been using the Estate for 14 years to locate his hives.
There are now a whopping 50 colonies on the Estate!

Bees are key to our environment and this is a great example of our farming practices and conservation management working in harmony.

Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination and an incredible one in three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators like bees.

So here’s to our local bees, busy working today and every day. Take good care of them and if you enjoy honey, why not pick some up when you are next at the Estate!

#roughamestate #blackthorpebarn #burystedmunds #bees #beesofinstagram #beekeepers #beekeeping #worldbeeday #beehive #honeybees #honeybee #beehives #suffolkbeekeepers #burystedmundssuffolk #roughamroots #localhoney #honeycombs #honeycomb #honey #worldbeeday2024

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If you go down to the Barn today… you’ll notice that there is a new car park to use and a new entrance to Roots Café and the Garden Room shop. 

During the summer months, private functions and weddings are held in the big Barn, so the shop and café will be using the “Christmas tree” car park during this time, with the entrance through the arch. New signage will show you where to go. 

There is plenty of parking and accessible parking too, with the big overflow car parks still available.

And yes, we are still open daily, 9-4 for the café and 10-4 for the shop. 
With all-day breakfasts, a sandpit for younger guests and the courtyard and decking offering the perfect summer dining location, we look forward to seeing you soon! 😁🌞👋

All the info from the link in our profile
roughamestate.com/welcome

#roughamestate #blackthorpebarn #roughamroots #suffolkdaysout #whattodosuffolk #burystedmunds #burystedmundssuffolk #burystedmundsandbeyond #suffolkcountryside #walksinsuffolk #suffolkfoodie #suffolkcafe #suffolkmum #suffolkmums #suffolklife #suffolkliving #suffolklocal #suffolkweekend

If you go down to the Barn today… you’ll notice that there is a new car park to use and a new entrance to Roots Café and the Garden Room shop.

During the summer months, private functions and weddings are held in the big Barn, so the shop and café will be using the “Christmas tree” car park during this time, with the entrance through the arch. New signage will show you where to go.

There is plenty of parking and accessible parking too, with the big overflow car parks still available.

And yes, we are still open daily, 9-4 for the café and 10-4 for the shop.
With all-day breakfasts, a sandpit for younger guests and the courtyard and decking offering the perfect summer dining location, we look forward to seeing you soon! 😁🌞👋

All the info from the link in our profile
roughamestate.com/welcome

#roughamestate #blackthorpebarn #roughamroots #suffolkdaysout #whattodosuffolk #burystedmunds #burystedmundssuffolk #burystedmundsandbeyond #suffolkcountryside #walksinsuffolk #suffolkfoodie #suffolkcafe #suffolkmum #suffolkmums #suffolklife #suffolkliving #suffolklocal #suffolkweekend

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