Long Melford: guided tour

A trip to Long Melford is wonderful at any time of the year. It’s one of the famous Suffolk wool towns, which include Lavenham, Clare and Cavendish. Famous for it’s village green, timber-framed buildings, the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, and it’s two stately homes: Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall.

Long Melford is a very popular destinations for walking groups, and for organisations interested in exploring history, architecture and the countryside.

I have been leading guided tours of the village for groups of friends, interest groups, WEA groups and U3A groups for many years. The walk is a mix of history, architecture, the countryside, and with a little bit of literature for good measure.

On the walk we learn about the many timber-framed buildings that line Hall Street, and the Chad Brook which runs through the village. We then walk to the top of the village across the beautiful village green to Holy Trinity Church, which I think is probably the most beautiful of all the Suffolk Wool Churches, built by the wealthy Medieval wool merchants of the area to thank God for their good fortune. On the way we look at the National Trust owned Long Melford Hall, and glimpse the drive to Kentwell Hall. For literature lovers we learn about Beatrix Potter’s family connection to Melford Hall, the connection between Holy Trinity Church and Alice in Wonderland, and visit the grave of Edmund Blunden, a famous First World War poet.

There are lots of pubs and tearooms in the village for refreshments and lunch, two of our favourites being The Hare pub, and Cafe Hygge.

A guided walk through Long Melford has so much to offer for groups of all kinds. If you would like to arrange a guided walk of Long Melford for your group, email us on essexdaysout@gmail.com, or contact us via our contact form