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About Cookley and Walpole
Cookley and Walpole lie on either side of the River Blyth a couple of miles west of the market town of Halesworth and about 10 miles from the coast at Southwold. They are joined together as one parish within Suffolk Coastal District. They sit in a beautiful rural landscape in the heart of arable farmland growing mainly wheat, barley, oilseed rape, and sugar beet.
Cookley is a village of about 45 households lying to the north of the River Blyth. There is an Anglican church, the Church of St Michael and All Angels.
Walpole lies to the South of the Blyth and comprises some 100 households. St Mary's parish church is part of the Blyth Valley Team Ministry but is no longer in regular use, having become a "Chapel of Ease". There is also Walpole Old Chapel, a nationally renowned former congregational chapel, founded in the late 17th Century. It is in the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.
Cookley and Walpole have a lovely playing field, edged by a circular walk, with a children's playground and a Community Pavilion which can be booked for events.
The Harmony Centre in Gilletts' Lane, Walpole, is a centre for healing, learning and personal development and offers regular classes in Yoga, Pilates and Qigong.
We have a network of well-maintained footpaths offering delightful views across the Blyth Valley.
The villages have a lively programme of events run by the Cookpole Community, including a quiz night, a summer picnic with music, an Autumn Lunch, 6 car boot sales from April to September, a weekly Keep Fit class, a monthly Café and a monthly Craft Club.
Click on Photos of Walpole and Cookley to see what our villages look like.