• 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.

For more information on walking in Suffolk, see the information below or visit www.discoversuffolk.org.uk

(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, please note this is 2019 information for contact details only, please make sure you contact each ferry provider before planning a trip to make sure they are running and to get up to date information on operations:


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