Thornham Walks

Thornham Walks, which can be accessed directly from Suffolk Cabins, stretch over 12 miles and are open to the public every day. In 1998 Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) undertook a partnership agreement with the Thornham Estate to manage the Walks. This arrangement continued until May 2015, when the Estate took over management from MSDC. We continue to enjoy a productive relationship with Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Council and they hold an annual schedule of events at the Walks, further information can be found at or

The building is a remnant of the formal Victorian gardens and originally took the form of a gothic summerhouse.

Pets' cemetery
The Henniker-Major family's pets and horses from years gone by are buried here.

Walled garden
Originally the walled garden was part of 25 acres of formal gardens, maintained by 9 gardeners.  It is now the base for Beyond the Wall, a charitable project working with disadvantaged young people with mixed disabilities and behavioural problems. The garden is open daily to all visitors to Thornham Walks and has a small seasonal plant and produce stall, the profits from which go directly to Beyond the Wall.

Memory Wood
Visitors often feel a special connection to Thornham and on occasion they wish to remember loved ones by planting a tree. As a result there are many young trees that have been planted to remember and celebrate lives past and new.

A nuttery was often planted as an attractive feature in a country house garden. It also supplied sticks, hurdles and barrel hoops from the prunings and, of course, nuts.

Contains a variety of conifer species and the grass under the trees is managed for wildflowers.

Bird hide
Why not sit in the bird hide and see what you can spot? Birds visit the area regularly and there is always plenty of food for brooding adults and fledged young,  including blue, great, long-tailed, marsh and coal tits, great spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, robin, nuthatch, pheasant and sparrow hawk.

Butterfly ride
This part of the estate is only open to the public during the summer months. The area is managed to benefit the butterflies' life cycle, and hopefully to increase their numbers. Some of the species are the meadow brown, peacock, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, speckled wood, comma, skipper and purple hairstreak.

Water meadows
These meadows spend part of the winter partially underwater providing an ideal habitat for wintering wildfowl and waders. The high sandy banks of the River Dove provide ideal nesting sites for kingfishers and otters are resident along the river
Also available:
Picnic area
Electric all-terrain wheelchairs
Volunteering opportunities
Compost toilets

Links for further information