The picturesque village of Saxtead lies three miles north of Framlingham, and is noted for its post mill, which stands imposingly, beside the village green.
The historic market town of Framlingham
The town lies 17 miles north of the county town of Ipswich, and 90 miles North from London, and is best known for its 12th century castle, which can be found a short walk from the town square.
En-route you will pass St. Michael’s church, which has many important features including a Tamar organ.
The outlook from the castle battlements affords a view of the mere, and onwards towards Framlingham College. The town offers a wide choice of places to eat; cafes, restaurants and pubs. Also in the many pretty surrounding villages, there are a number of excellent country pubs providing good food.
Woodbridge and around
Well worth a visit is the small town of Woodbridge on the Deben estuary, offering a day out in a very attractive setting by the river.
Near by but on the opposite bank of the Deben is the ancient Viking burial site of Sutton Hoo, open to the public, and run by The National Trust. Also many ex-service personnel will remember the Bentwaters USAF base some three miles out of town, still in tact, but being developed for a post cold war role.
The Heritage Coast
This is an unspoiled area of outstanding natural beauty, combining both coast, heath land and forest. From the unusually attractive village of Orford, with its castle, harbour and offshore bird sanctuary, The Heritage Coast extends north to Aldeburgh and timeless Southwold and is bounded by the market town of Saxmundham to the west. Contained within this boundary are the Tunstall and Rendlesham Forests, Minsmere Bird Reserve, Dunwich Heath and the Snape Maltings complex with its world famous concert hall and music school.
Completing the circle from Saxtead
We have to the north, the tucked away villages of Laxfield and Stradbroke, and the small town of Eye, somewhat off the beaten track and more associated with the surrounding agriculture than tourism.
West of Saxtead is the village of Debenham, full of curiosities from its church to the shops and the mixed architecture of the houses. Finally to the south of Saxtead and Framlingham, lies the sleepy town of Wickham Market; its market square surrounded by small shops. Also nearby and worthy of a visit are Easton Farm Park and Stonham Barns Birds of Prey centre, both open to the public.
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