There really is no better way to take in the beauty of the Suffolk Coast than on foot. Since the region is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it is not surprising that there is a wealth of winding footpaths, looking out across breathtaking views.
The Suffolk Coast offers a wide variety of landscapes for walkers, from heathland to marsh, beach to woodland – there is plenty to explore as you take in the scenery and fresh air. There are a variety of coastal walks and routes ranging from 1 mile to 50, so there are routes to suit all levels of ability from a short stroll to a major hike.
Taking a stroll across the Suffolk Coastline this year you might even stumble across some of our region’s fantastic wildlife. Roe deer, hares and foxes are just some of the animals you could encounter.
The Suffolk Coast Path runs from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, taking you through some of the most characteristic landscapes of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. This route totals fifty miles, and can be broken up into easy stages. Other popular Long Distance Paths in the area are the Stour and Orwell Walk, which runs for 42 miles from Felixstowe to Cattawade and Manningtree, and the Sandlings Walk that covers 60 miles between the eastern fringes of Ipswich and Southwold. These Long Distance paths are marked on the relevant local OS Explorer maps, 197, 212 and 231 or in a handy pocket guide compiled by the AONB. For more information about the Long Distance paths, the guide book and some circular walks, visit the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB website.
There are also twenty-five fantastic, specially chosen pub walks, compiled by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, in partnership with Adnams. The pub walks together link to 29 Adnams pubs and many wonderful points of interest along the way. The Pub Walk Guides can be downloaded from the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB website or bought as a full set for £4.99 plus P&P.