Hickbush is up in the Hills that create the Stour River Valley, it is accessed by a kilometer of private unmadeup lane and is made up of a couple of farmhouses and a tiny row of farm workers cottages. The tiny enclave is surrounded by countryside with fields sweeping down to the River Stour on one side and a valley on the other leading up to Nature Reserves, there are a number of footpaths directly from Hickbush including the Pilgrims Way (St Edunds Way) and The Stour Valley Path, the excellent riverside gastro pub The Henny Swan is just over a mile away.
The place is excellent for walking and cycling as there are so many tiny lanes and footpaths winding around the hidden valleys that run down into the Stour.
Places of Interest/Things To Do
Pannington Hall Lane
Historic buildings, antique shops, galleries, tea rooms and eateries.
Nurtured back to life in 1942 after a terrible fire, it is much loved and remains a family home to this day to the Hyde Parkers. It tells stories of visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain.
Britains best preserved medieval village and one of Suffolks most important wool towns. Medieval charm can be found around every corner. Rich in history and a thriving village with strong community spirit. Boutique shops, galleries, restaurants, wonderful afternoon teas, The Guildhall and other buildings used in the filming of Harry Potter.
Bury St Edmunds
Over 1800 acres of parkland, gardens and new all weather path to enjoy. Ickworth is the perfect place to get back to nature.
46 Gainsborough Street
Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury in 1727. In 1958 Gainsborough House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The museum opened to the public in 1961. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of the house is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s life time.
From the Henny Swan with the Paddle Company (April – October)
If you have your own paddle board or boat you can go from the Henny Swan to The Granary, Quay Lane, Sudbury CO10 2AN or vice versa. It takes about 1.5-2 hrs – distance 4.4 miles. Check out paddling trails at gopaddling.info River Stour Sudbury to Henny Swan.
Sudbury Farmers Market
Held on the last Friday of every month.
Sudbury general market is held on Thursday and Saturday every week.
Sudburytowncouncil.co.uk for events, guided walking tours or local maps. Sudbury Heritage Centre is based at the Town Hall and is a must see for anyone interested in Sudbury’s fascinating history dating back to Saxon times.
The Town Hall is also the start point of the Talbot Trail which is a series of 14 statues around Sudbury that depict various episodes in the towns history over the centuries. Download the map at sudburytowncouncil.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two footpaths at the beginning of the drive, one towards Bures and the other leads you to a lovely circular walk. There are maps in the cottage for you to use and explore. We still finding new routes – there’s something new to explore all the time in this beautiful countryside.
Suffolk’s best walks – greatbritishlife.co.uk; a romantic stretch of the Stour valley between Bures and Sudbury.
There’s so much wildlife to see too from amazing birds of prey, badgers and deer – bring your binoculars!
Pubs & Restaurants
The Henny Swan (20 minute walk from Putts Cottage)
The Lamarsh Lion
Owned by the local community and famous for its connections with two iconic painters – John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough – giving it the nickname ‘The Painter’s Pub’.
Nethergate Brewery (local beer, tours and food)
English Spirit Distillery
Great Yeldham Hall
The Secret Garden Café & Restaurant
17 Friars Street
Ballingdon Valley Indian Cuisine
57 Ballingdon Street
Lydia Turkish Kitchen
54-55 Gainsborough Street
40 North Street
One Caribbean (takeaway only)
The Mill Hotel
Walnut Tree Lane
The Great House