Freckenham finally has a new three-mile public footpath away from main roads after years of effort by the parish council.
The circular route path runs from Elms Farm on Elms Road to the River Lee on Badlingham Road and back via a field-side footpath.
It was officially opened last month by Chris Hainsworth from Natural England and local farmer, Mark Harrison, who helped to dredge the nearby Lee Brook to prevent the path flooding in winter.
Freckenham parish councillor Lawrence Barton said: “The village has been trying to get the path for three or four years longer even. We got £2,500 for fencing from Suffolk County Council’s locality budget.
“Now local people have started walking it regularly and lapwings and buzzards have been seen there. The footpath is a public right of way with legal status that cannot be revoked so long as it is walked once a year. Eventually it will even appear on the Ordnance Survey map.” A charity walk is planned for 10am-2pm on April 12 starting at the village hall with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information, contact Dawn Dixon on 01638 720635.