Situated just 10 miles from the Heritage Coast of North Suffolk, Bramfield offers a delightful mix of both coast and countryside. Full of interesting features and a fantastic base for visiting Southwold, the village is a popular holiday destination for couples and families alike, with the benefit of a local garage, butcher, general store and post office.
Gatehouse and crinkle-crankle wall
Keep your eyes peeled along Walpole Road as you spot the famous Gatehouse, traditional Suffolk crinkle-crankle wall and Bramfield House (now a boarding school). Crinkle-crankle walls are famous for their many twists and turns, curved in order to add strength, a marvel to view. The Gatehouse with its flint work and small green door, hark back to generations past and the heritage of the area.
St Andrew’s Church
One of the oldest and most prominent buildings in the village is St Andrew’s Church. This white walled building has a thatched roof and lych-gate. Together with the church of St Peter in Thorington, St Andrew’s church also has the addition of a round tower, one of only fifty in Suffolk. Reaching over 13 metres high and with a wall thickness of over 1 metre, the tower is home to five bells, of which the majority date back to the 15th Century. What is most fascinating about the tower, however, is the fact that it remains detached from the church, and it is thought that it has always stood alone. The interior of the church itself is also interesting and well worth a visit.
Visitors and locals alike marvel at the surrounding countryside to the village. Filled with wild flowers and awash with birdsong, farmland spreads throughout, of which can be enjoyed by the many interlocking footpaths.
Discovering the Area
Of course, the best way to explore the surrounding area is on foot. Remember to take a picnic so you can stop off on the way, as well as a camera to capture the charming scenery.
A walk around Bramfield, 5 miles, 2.5 hours
Starting opposite St Andrew’s Church, Bramfield.
1) With the church on your right, head straight towards Walpole Road, passing the Grade II listed building ‘The Grange’. Just over the railway bridge, turn left onto the footpath leading towards Bramfield House.
2) Continue along the footpath, passing Kingstall Wood on your left until you get to a small ‘crossroads’.
3) Follow the footpath to the right, crossing the road and continuing straight.
4) At the footpath ‘junction’, turn left and follow the path round to the right at the field divide.
5) The path should split to the left. Turn left, heading towards the village of Sibton Green.
6) At the road, turn left, following the road, passing North Green Farm on your left, continuing along the road left before Green Farm, back towards Bramfield.
7) Follow the road, turning right opposite White Post Farm.
8) A footpath should appear on your left, take this. At the footpath ‘junction’ turn right, continuing straight, crossing over a railway, until you get to the main road.
9) At the main road, turn left, back into the village of Bramfield.
Walk and map based upon that listed on the ‘Walks in Suffolk’ blog.
Bramfield’s local pub, The Queen’s Head, is an award winning eatery serving food daily. Packed full of charm from the exposed beams to the huge fireplaces, a real sense of welcoming and comfort can be experienced here. To the rear of the pub is the beer garden, overlooked by St Andrew’s Church. There is plenty of space here for children to play. Particularly recommended are the Sunday lunches, we recommend you book a table. Free Wi-Fi for all visitors enables you to research more about the area and plan your next visit to the Suffolk Coast. Be sure to enjoy a pint of Giggler Cider, made in Bramfield.
Well behaved dogs welcome.
To book a table, please call 01986 784214.
Keep up to date by following The Queen’s Head on Twitter: @suffolkpub
So when you plan your next visit to Suffolk, why not consider a stay in Bramfield.
Brights Farm Lodge, Bramfield sleeps 7.
The Manor House, Bramfield sleeps 10.