Regardless of season and weather, pull on your walking boots and explore the Suffolk coast and countryside. Our stunning county is home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as many rare species of birds and animals. Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera along with you - there’s no knowing what you might come across over these fantastic walking routes.
The Sandlings Walk
The longest of the three routes at a grand total of 60 miles, The Sandlings Walk connects Southwold and the east of Ipswich. Enjoy the varied sights of forests, heathland and coastal habitats as well as the array of wildlife you will find in these different areas. Running through lowland heath, one of Britain’s rarest wildlife habitat, encounter deer, marsh harriers, bitterns and more.
The Walk is split into six legs; Broke Hall to Woodbridge, Woodbridge to Tangham, Tangham to Snape Maltings, Snape Maltings to Sizewell, Sizewell to Dunwich and Dunwich to Southwold. Many of the paths and tracks which make up The Sandlings Walk are sandy. This makes the ground very accommodating to walkers as it is generally well drained. A sizeable feat of 60 miles, break up the walk into it’s main legs and spend time enjoying the different areas. Watch the sun rise over the River Deben, or watch deer out in the mists of Dunwich Heath. A fantastic way to acquaint yourself with the Suffolk countryside, there are 11 sculptures dotted along the route, so keep your eyes peeled to try and spot them all.
The Suffolk Coast Path
This 50 mile walk joins Felixstowe and Lowestoft and takes you through Bawdsey, Snape, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Minsmere, Dunwich and Southwold. Running along sea and river walls, across marsh, heath and cliffs, you will encounter a number of different environments on the Suffolk Coast Path. Of course summer is ideal walking weather but in autumn and winter you’ll see Suffolk covered in mist and frost and the low sun rising red and orange through pine forests. In spring you will see countless plant species come into bloom, breaking free from the chill of winter. Conveniently, the towns and many of the villages you will pass through have cafes or pubs which make for ideal rest stops as you explore the Suffolk Coast Path. Feel free to stray from this path and on to one of the many over Dunwich Heath where you can enjoy the beautiful purple heath land and coastal views. Alternatively spend an afternoon walking along the banks of the River Alde - or for the more adventurous perhaps venture into the water in a canoe!
The Stour and Orwell Walk
Taking you around the estuaries of the River Orwell and River Stour, this 42 mile walk links Felixstowe, Cattawade and Manningtree. An extension of the Suffolk Coast Path, this walk will guide you over heaths along the coast. There are numerous villages tucked away in this part of the world which are ripe for stumbling across. Marvel at the beautiful landscape and see how many species of birds you can spot. With this route taking you along so many waterways, you might be in with a chance of seeing otters and seals - and maybe even the odd porpoise!