The Gainsborough Trail
Welcome to the Meadow Walk, the first section of the Gainsborough Trail, named after the famous Painter Thomas Gainsborough and part of an approximate 12.4 mile continuous walkable route which will eventually encompass the whole of the Sudbury area, giving access to the best of the countryside in Sudbury, Great Cornard, Chilton and beyond.
The Meadow Walk
The 3.5 mile (5 km) Meadow Walk features Sudbury’s ancient water meadows, which, having never been ploughed to grow arable crops or treated with chemical fertilisers, are a rich source of biodiversity for a wide variety of wild flowers, insects, birds and mammals. The meadows are carefully managed by the Sudbury Common Lands Charity who continue the old tradition of summer cattle grazing. Along the route you will also discover remnants of Sudbury’s industrial heritage and stunning views that vary throughout the seasons.
Sudbury and the Stour Valley
The Meadow Walk provides a great introduction to the history of Sudbury and the Stour Valley. For 200 years bricks made from local clays were transported down the river by lighters (barges) to London. Much of your route is along the old railway track that used to run from Sudbury to Cambridge.
Great Cornard WalkRead more
The new Great Cornard Walk was officially launched on 7 May 2022. After a lot of work in sorting out…
Meadow Walk leafletRead more
As one of the most popular free leaflets available from the tourist information centre in Sudbury, Suffolk, The Gainsborough Trail…
Website updateRead more
In order to help provide information on this Gainsborough Trail we have updated our website to simplify and modernise it…