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Clare Becomes Walkers Are Welcome Town

Clare has become only the second town in Suffolk to be accredited with a Walkers are Welcome (WaW) status – a national initiative which promotes walker friendly towns.

Clare has become only the second town in Suffolk to be accredited with a Walkers are Welcome (WaW) status – a national initiative which promotes walker friendly towns.

Clare’s application was overseen by the town’s walking group and the town now joins 100 locations across the UK with the accreditation.

There are now a set of six Circular Walks centred on plus many more taken from a variety of sources available on the Clare Walks website.  The walks vary in length from 19 miles (Bury to Clare) to 1½ miles (Clare Town Trail).

A new walk has recently been created called the Magna Carta Way. This runs from Clare Castle to Castle Hedingham, two sites linked by the involvement of their barons in the creation of Magna Carta, endorsed by King John in June 1215. 

The Clare Walks website also features tours and walks led by trained local volunteers.

A medieval wool town, Clare boasts a rich history to explore. There's something for everyone, including a monthly artisan market, independent shops, galleries, antique shops, cafes, festivals and the only railway station in a castle. The market town was also once home to one of the richest women in history, Elizabeth de Clare.