Walks

Alde Valley walk near Beversham MillThe East Suffolk Lines pass through some of East Anglia's most picturesque countryside. Gently rolling hills and valleys, historic market towns, quaint villages, undisturbed ancient woodlands, tidal estuaries, and coastal heathland are all part of the landscape. For those keen on exploring these unspoilt areas of East Suffolk, there are a series of more than twenty walks that take you places you can only see on foot.

Most of the walks connect stations between Lowestoft, Ipswich, and Felixstowe; you can easily take one or more of the walks and take the train back, and vice versa. Alternate walks start at the rail station with a return trip possible to the starting station by bus.

 

Walks Booklet 2018 Edition

East Suffolk Line Walks Waymarker

The East Suffolk Line Walks booklet contains detailed maps and diagrams, the time you can expect to complete each walk, landmarks, the scenery along the way and places to stop for refreshments. All the walks are way-marked with the East Suffolk Line Walks logo.

A new edition of the booklet was printed in June 2018 and is available from most public buildings in Suffolk such as tourist information centres and libraries.

To order a booklet send SASE £1.50 to:

East Suffolk Line Walks Booklet
ESLCRP
Lowestoft Station
Denmark Rd
Lowestoft NR32 2EG

A flip-the-pages online-version is available as is a downloadable PDF version. Alternatively, click on one of the walks above for a downloadable PDF of that individual walk.

East Suffolk Line Walks booklet

Ramblers Association

For more information on walking and rambling across Suffolk, see the Discover Suffolk website, the county's official guide to the countryside. See the Ramblers Association for walking routes across the county and across the country. 

Long Distance Walkers Association

For longer routes the Long Distance Walkers Association brings together people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas.

Guided Walks programme for 2018

East Suffolk Line Guided Walks

2018 Guided Walks along the East Suffolk Line and Felixstowe Line 

NEXT GUIDED WALKS 


Saturday 13 October 10.00am

Saxmundham station to Aldeburgh - 9.5 miles


All are walks are FREE, No need  to book - just show up on the day

The following is advice if you plan to join our guided walks:

  • Wear stout, comfortable footwear and have waterproofs if wet.
  • Bring light refreshments (especially drink), a snack, or lunch for brief stops along the way.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.
  • Check train times before setting out check National Rail Enquiries on the web or call 03457 48 49 50. You can also keep up-to-date with the National Rail Enquiries App for your smartphone.
  • No insurance cover is provided - all come at your own risk.

Shorter Walks

Shorter Walks

 

Several of the walks published in the East Suffolk Lines Walks booklet and here on the website can be split into shorter sections by using the rail service combined with local bus services.

This information is correct at last check on 12 September 2018; the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership accepts no liability for changes to bus routes or timetables that occur from this date forward.

 

Fynn Valley - shorter route about 2.5 miles

From Woodbridge Rail station walk 2 mins to the Deben Pool bus stop. Take First Bus 64 towards Ipswich and get off at Martlesham Water Bridge stop, just before the Red Lion pub. Walk back to Woodbridge rail station via Martlesham Creek and Kyson Point. Tip: avoid Kyson Point at high tide.

Yox-Blyth Valleys - shorter routes about 4.75 miles

From Halesworth station transfer to Border Bus 521 towards Aldeburgh. Get off at Bramfield Queen’s Hear pub and walk back to Halesworth rail station. Alternatively, walk in the other direction towards Yoxford and Darsham rail station; also about 4.75 miles

Halesworth to Southwold - shorter routes about 5.5 miles and 4.5 miles

From Halesworth rail station transfer to Konect Bus 87/88 towards Southwold. Get off at Blythburgh Chapel Lane bus stop on the A12 main road just before the White Hart pub. Walk along the north bank of the River Blyth to Blyford, Mells and Halesworth rail station. Tips: the path shown on the south side of the River Blyth from near Blyuthburgh church is closed because of erosion. There are several stiles between Blyford Bridge and Mells Bridge.

Alternatively, walk in the opposite direction towards Walberswick and Southwold for return bus 87/88 to Halesworth rail station. About 4.5 miles, but a little longer if using the ferry from Walberswick to Southwold.

Bungay and the Angles Way - shorter routes about 4.5 and 3.5 miles

Frpom Beccles rail station walk 8 mins to the Old Market Place bus stand for Borderbus 580 towards Bungay and Norwich. Get off at Shipmeadow council houses bus stop just beyond the church on the B1062. Walk back to Beccles rail station following the Angles Way. About 3.5 miles. Alternatively, follow the Angles Way in the other direction towards Bungay. About 4.5 miles. Another delightful alternative is to use the Big Dog Ferry from Beccles Lido to Geldeston Locks Inn, from where a footbridge over the river marks the start of a path across two meadows to join the Angles Way. Walk to Beccles rail station. About 3.5 miles.

Angles Way from Beccles - about 5 miles in total

From Oulton Broad south rail station follow the Angles Way across the Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Carlton Marshes nature reserve towards Beccles as far as the River Waveney. (Key Point 4.) Turn right along the bank top path to the on-demand foot ferry to the Waveney Centre Inn. Either return to Oulton Broad South rail station by the same route or follow marked trails through the reserve. Tips: To call the ferry phone 07500 571232.

General Tips

  • It is essential to check train, bus and ferry services before setting out.
  • Some path surfaces are uneven, so stout, comfortable footwear is essential.
  • Keep dogs under close control, especially in fields where livestock may be grazing.
  • Use of relevant OS maps is strongly advised