Gipping Valley Visitor Centre (Closed)
The Gipping Valley Visitor Centre used to form part of the Barham Picnic Site. It was situated just off Pesthouse Lane in Barham, north of Ipswich. The whole site was originally owned by Suffolk County Council but around 2010 the Council decided to divest itself of virtually all the sites it owned. This particular one was handed over to Barham Parish Council. Claydon Football Club were originally hoping to convert the site into football pitches but as far as we can find out that is not likely to happen in the near future.
In the meantime the actual Visitor Centre is closed and the entire site has been fenced off. The following message appears on the Barham Parish Council website –
Unfortunately Highways England have not seen fit to remove the large brown tourists signs on the A14 which suggest that the Visitor Centre still exists.
As the note from the Council indicates, the long distance footpath along the River Gipping is still open and you can download footpath maps from our site here.
The River Gipping Trust Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 06145692. Registered as a charity No. 1119586 Registered Office: Island House, Moor Road, CHESHAM, HP5 1NZ Tel : 03303 308531
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