Boxford is surrounded by lovely Suffolk Countryside with tight little valleys leading down to the River Stour.
The River Box flows through the village and upstream from the village is the delightful Primrose Woods Nature reserve which runs along the river valley.
Boxford is a particularly pretty Medieval village and it is a joy to walk around and marvel at all the ancient houses.
In the centre is the oldest shop in England which has a post office and a farm shop come deli in it, there is also a small garage selling petrol and some beautiful classic cars in the village, which claims to be the oldest Garage in Europe!
The official Cycle route passes through Boxford and if you are a real cycling enthusiast it also has a very active cycling club
The outstanding feature of this area is that it is so very rural and pretty with tiny medieval hamlets and small villages dotted along a spiderweb of single track lanes, that even the locals get lost in. It really is amazing that this beautiful region is just an hour and a half from London.
One of the pubs which is called The Fleece has its own brewery, a lovely all weather pub garden and a very pretty William Morris styled tea room, the pub serves good food.
Just across the road is The White Hart, which also has a nice area outside to watch the world go by, the pub offers good food and has a very interesting history.
A previous owner of The White Hart was Tornado Smith, England’s very first Wall of Death daredevil rider who performed this highly dangerous feat in the 1920’s and 30’s with his pet Lioness ‘Briton’ sitting in the passenger seat. In the day it was not uncommon for villagers to meet Tornado taking his Lion for a walk through the village, and when she sadly died she was buried under the entrance to the pub.
More recently Guy Martin’s (of TV fame) trainer Ken Fox will be re-creating a bit of history by celebrating ‘The Wall of Death’ act in the pub car park - more info is to be found on the pub website.
There is a third pub a short stroll out of the village called The Hare and Hounds which does a good trade in honest pub food see website
Nayland (5 miles): The Anchor on the banks of the river Stour
In Stoke-by-Nayland there is also an excellent pay and play pro golf course, with full health club facilities.
Assington (4 miles) - The Case restaurant
Joanna Symons, Telegraph Travel Newspaper.
'Popular though the Lake District and West Country are as tourist destinations, they can be rather damp. If you want to reduce the risk of a rainy holiday, statistics show that you should head east.
Suffolk for instance, had only about a third as much rainfall as the Lake District last summer. It also happens to have one of the loveliest stretches of coastline in Britain.'
The Met office regional statistics per annum:
The Lake District Suffolk
Rain fall: 2300 - 3900mm 600 - 660mm