• The Suffolk Coast - Guide to Walking

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.

Please consider the environment, landscape, wildlife, livestock, horses and other people when walking, especially if you've got your dog with you.  Please make sure dogs are under control and on a lead where requested to make sure nesting birds and other wildlife are not disturbed. The nesting season is between 1st March and 31 July and the Countryside Code recommends that dogs are kept on short leads during this time on open access land to make sure birds are not disturbed during this hugely important season.  There are restrictions on some beaches as to when dogs can and can't be walked on them, check out our guide here. Watch out for other signs and requests from farmers and landowners so that you can enjoy your walks fully!  You can check out the guidelines set out in the Countryside Code here.

(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

Beaches - Covehithe - drone

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.

Beach Walk Guides:

 


 

The Four Foot Ferries of The Suffolk Coast

Felixstowe Ferry - (c) Emily Fae Photography

When exploring Suffolk's stunning coastline, you may find yourself needing to cross one of the many waterways. But your walk needn't end here, hop on board one of the Foot Ferries in Walberswick, Butley, Bawdsey and Harwich.

For more information on these ferries, check out our guide: The Four Foot Ferries of The Suffolk Coast

The timetable for the ferries is available here:


Country Walks

Children walking at Rendlesham - Emily Fae Photography

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, runs regular guided walks, introducing you to the wildlife and rare plant species whilst the National Trust reserves of Dunwich Heath, Sutton Hoo and Orford Ness host a range of guided walks, talks, nature sessions and photography workshops for walkers young and old. 


Country Walk Guides:




 




Heritage Walk Guides:

Pub Walks

FD - Five Bells Inn - Pub through flowers

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.

Pub Walk Guides:



Outstanding Landscapes Walks

TTDA - Dunwich Heath - Heather

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:

https://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/visiting/visitor-guides/

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

Southwold Pier - (c) Gill Moon Photography

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 https://www.cicerone.co.uk/suffolk-coast-and-heath-walks-second#.WMknmG_yjIV




Things to see and do

Visit Deben Peninsula

Visit Deben Peninsula

The Deben Peninsula is located in Suffolk between the Deben River to the South and the Alde & Ore Estuary the North.

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath and Beach is a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast where you can experience a true sense of being at one with nature. 

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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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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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Lowestoft Tourism

Lowestoft Tourism

Come to Lowestoft for a great day out, short break or family holiday. 

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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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Visit Felixstowe

Visit Felixstowe

Everybody loves a great day by the sea, and Felixstowe has great days for everyone.

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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. 

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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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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

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

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

This hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.


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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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National Trust Orford Ness

National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

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