The Village

A view of the village from the Old Suffolk Road

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Dalham nestles in a valley and follows the banks of the River Kennett, which flows from south to north. The village being one of the finest examples of a linear settlement in the county of Suffolk is in a conservation area and evolved as part of the estate of Dalham Hall. The parish church of St. Mary's is set above the village, to the east and adjacent to Dalham Hall from where there are fine views.

A newly thatched cottage in DalhamMany of the properties in the village are listed, some dating from 15C, and with a very high proportion of thatched cottages with limewashed or brick and flint walls, converted farm buildinga with terracotta tiles, provides a very attractive street-scene. Properties rarely come on the market and when they do are usually quickly snapped up.

The village is also surrounded by ancient woods and farmland which has been worked for hundreds of years.  The area is criss-crossed by footpaths and tracks which provide wonderful walks, along riverbanks, through medieval woodland and beside open cultivated arable land.  There are many attractive scenes and wonderful views to be enjoyed especially from the higher ground on each side of the valley and down in the valley itself.

There are walks using ancient paths connecting Dalham with many attractive surrounding villages. A recommended walk which can begin in Dalham is known as the circular 'Three Churches Walk,' which is well signposted and also encompasses the adjacent attractive villages of Moulton and Gazeley, passing their respective parish churches en route and forming part of the Icknield Way.  There are also village public houses in each village where refreshment can be obtained.

The Affleck Arms'The Affleck Arms' on Brookside in Dalham, is also open for restaurant meals or bar snacks.  Parking is limited in the village so by prebooking a table you can also park at the pub car park.  A map showing the route of this walk and others  throughout or near Dalham can be found by the village seat, opposite 'The Affleck Arms' on the other side of the river.

Malt Kiln
From the north end of 'The Street' opposite the Malt Kiln is a pretty yew lined hollow lane which is signposted 'The Church.

Church of St. Mary'sChurch Lane takes you up past 'The Old Rectory' and at the top of the lane turn left and on towards the Church of St. Mary's from where there are wonderful views towards the west.  The Horse-Chestnut Avenue which falls away from you can be accessed by an iron kissing and lines a public footpath, protected by an Act of Parliament for villagers to access the church. See notice on left-hand fence at the end of the path as you go through the wooden kissing gate to rejoin the Gazeley Road.

Recommended map OS Explorer 210 : Newmarket & Haverhill 1:25 000 scale