The Suffolk Coast
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The Suffolk Coast - Guide to Walking

As an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Suffolk Coast is an area rich in coastal and countryside walks.

 Whether you're an experienced rambler or just enjoy exploring on foot, The Suffolk Coast has a walk for you.

Walking is undoubtedly the best way to fully appreciate the full beauty of every season and it’s also a guaranteed way to lift the spirits, spot our rare wildlife and find the perfect location for a photo opportunity.

Please take great care when out walking along the coast and estuaries. The low-lying coast is subject to changeable conditions, so please be aware of hidden dangers, for example when breaches start to infill the mud/sand can be extremely soft or where coastal erosion may result in foot path diversions.

(We want everyone to enjoy the wonderful walks on offer along the coast, if you spot any problems on public rights of way please report them to Suffolk County Council here).  

Beach Walks

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Take advantage of the deserted expanses of award winning beaches before the summer crowds descend. With miles of sands stretching along the Suffolk coast, the choice of possible locations is endless…

Lowestoft, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe to name but a few.  Whether it’s a romantic stroll for two or a fun day out with the family, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a beach walk! Most beaches also welcome dogs in the out of season months (October to April) but it’s always worth checking beforehand, and during the summer months, they can still accompany you on a lead.

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Country Walks

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You don’t need to be a Rambler to enjoy the stunning Suffolk countryside, even if you don’t know very much about what to look for!

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve, home to BBC Springwatch runs regular guided walks, introducing you to the wildlife and rare plant species or check out the Suffolk Walking Festival (13th May - 4th June 2017) website www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk which has information on organised walks for children, pushchair users, wheelchair users and even some great routes if your four-legged friend is tagging along too.


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Pub Walks

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If you prefer to adopt a slower pace, incorporating a taste of The Suffolk Coast in your walk, then try one of these pub walks from Adnams. Stopping along the way for drinks and lunch, a pub walk is a great way to get the whole family out and about enjoying the great outdoors.

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Outstanding Landscapes Walks

Walking - Outstanding Landscapes Walk

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the support of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Community Fund have launched 4 new guides for walking routes on The Suffolk Coast.

The guides, themed around the Outstanding Landscapes on the Suffolk Coast,  are designed to allow users to see some of the best areas in the nationally designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

The routes take walkers through habitats such as Woodland, Heathland, Farmland and Coastal areas.  The routes are based around some of the finest villages on The Suffolk Coast, that boast many fine eating and drinking establishments to refresh or bolster the energy of these using the routes.  

The walks pass through the villages of Aldeburgh & Thorpeness; Rendlesham & Staverton; Sutton & Hollesley Heaths and Walberswick.

The guides can be downloaded from:

http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/publications/walking-and-cycling-guides/outstanding-landscapes-walks/

With hard copies available from the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team who can be contacted on 01394 445225

Long Distance Walks

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and Cicerone Press have created a handy, pocket-sized guide to the 3 long-distance walks in Suffolk;, the Suffolk Coast Path (Lowestoft to Felixstowe), the Stour and Orwell Walk (Felixstowe to Cattawade) and the Sandlings Walk (Ipswich to Southwold). 

The guide is available to buy from www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/870/title/suffolk-coast-and-heath-walks#.WMknmG_yjIV


EVENTS


Pond dipping

Pond dipping

Leiston | Mon 03rd Apr 2017

Join the RSPB volunteers as they dip their nets into the Minsmere pond, to search for what life is present...

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Minsmere's Minibeasts

Minsmere's Minibeasts

Leiston | Tue 04th Apr 2017

Meet some of Minsmere’s minibeasts on our bug hunting trail and help to make a Minsmere Bug Hotel.

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Pond dipping

Pond dipping

Leiston | Mon 10th Apr 2017

Join the RSPB volunteers as they dip their nets into the Minsmere pond, to search for what life is present...

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Minsmere's Minibeasts

Minsmere's Minibeasts

Leiston | Tue 11th Apr 2017

Meet some of Minsmere’s minibeasts on our bug hunting trail and help to make a Minsmere Bug Hotel.

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The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

Woodbridge | Sat 13th May - Sun 04th Jun 2017

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk from the 13th May - 4th June 2017.

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Things to see and do


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

A new initiative in 2016 to run wildlife conservation and research holidays on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain's most beautiful places. These are holidays that people will enjoy, even when they're working hard and possibly getting muddy into the bargain!

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

The Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies team is a group of friendly and communicative, open minded people, which includes the very best guides and photography tutors on the Suffolk coast. They like to share their deep love for everything wild on the Suffolk Sandlings and around the tidal estuaries, and their extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm will certainly draw your heart closer to this windswept part of the county too. 

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