Explore the full length of England's Suffolk Heritage Coast in a glorious 4 day walk from Southwold to the crossing of the River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry. The coastal path is unspoilt, beautiful, even haunting at times (especially if you’re up on P.D. James), but it is brightly punctuated by the elegant seaside towns to produce a satisfying walk full of contrasts and interest.
For your Walking Breaks accommodation we’ve especially selected comfortable properties in convenient locations. We are pleased to discuss details on request.
Please note: the price of this tour includes a transfer from Felixstowe Ferry back to Southwold (or to a station).
Explore the full length of England's Suffolk Heritage Coast in a glorious 4 day walk from Southwold to the crossing of the River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry. The coastal path is unspoilt, beautiful, even haunting at times (especially if you’re up on P.D. James), but it is brightly punctuated by the elegant seaside towns to produce a satisfying Walkign Breaks self-guided walk full of contrasts and interest.
Day One – Arrive & explore
Arrive at your hotel in Southwold (by car or train and taxi) in time for lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the rows of pantiled cottages and broad greens of the town. Alternatively, take a circular walk exploring the coast and countryside around Southwold, passing marshes, creeks and a handily placed harbourside pub on your return.
Mileage: Min 0 Max 7 Overnight: Southwold
Day Two – From beach huts to fishing boats
Walking down to Southwold Harbour you’ll cross the River Blyth (by small ferry in summer) and head through reedbeds to Dunwich,once the capital of East Anglia, now lost under the waves. Across the heather clad Dunwich Heath you reach the RSPB reserve at Minsmere and then hugging the coast you come to Sizewell.
Southwards, walking along the cliffs is Thorpeness, a complete holiday village built in 1910 around its own manmade boating lake. The House is the Clouds is the quirky landmark here.
The last stretch takes you along the beach path past the famous Scallop sculpture to the elegant resort of Aldeburgh where you’ll spend the night.
Mileage: Min 15 Max 15 Overnight: Aldeburgh
Day Three – Creeks & castles
Following the River Alde inland, you’ll really be able to appreciate the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings. At Snape you can relax in the pub or tea-rooms, explore the galleries and antique shops or take a boat trip on the upper reaches of the Alde. You then have a choice of routes to the impressive castle and quaint quayside of Orford, inland through Tunstall Forest or a longer option following the River Alde.
Mileage: Min 14 Max 18 Overnight: Orford
Day Four – Martello towers & tiny ferries
From Orford you can choose to head inland or, subject to availability, take the Butley Ferry, the smallest licensed ferry in Europe. The paths meet and continue along the peaceful banks of the River Ore to Shingle Street, a quiet and inspiring spot where the river finally reaches the sea.
Walking along the sea wall passing Martello Towers and World War II gun emplacements, you’ll reach the crumbling cliffs at Bawdsey, and the option of taking the ferry across the River Deben to the little fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry before returning for your taxi transfer back to Southwold or Woodbridge Railway Station.
Mileage: Min 13 Max 17
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