The East Suffolk Line passes 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 healthland are all part of the landscape. For those keen on exploring these unspoilt areas of East Suffolk there are a series of 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.
The East Suffolk Line Walks booklet contains detailed maps and diagrams, the time you can expect to complete each walk, landmarks and the scenery you can expect to see and places to stop for refreshments. Most of the walks are way-marked with the East Suffolk Line Walks logo.
The latest edition of the booklet is once again free; it is available from Tourist Information Centres, Visitor Information Points, some staffed rail stations, local Suffolk libraries, and outlets along the East Suffolk Line.
A PDF copy is also available for download.
To request a free booklet send an A5 sized stamped addressed envelope with £1.50 postage (UK mainland only) to:
East Suffolk Line Walks
East Suffolk Lines CRP
c/o Lowestoft Central Station
For more information on walking and rambling across Suffolk, see the Discover Suffolk website, the county's official guide to the countryside.
The Long Distance Walkers Association brings together people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas.
2017 Guided Walks along the East Suffolk Line and Felixstowe Line
The next guided walk takes place on Saturday 18 March
Melton - Sutton Hoo Circular
9.0 miles; duration 4.5 hours
Starts from Melton Station at 9:36 following arrival of the 8:28 train from Felixstowe (change at Ipswich), the 9:17 train from Ipswich, and the 8:07 train from Lowestoft.
Taking in Walk No. 5 in the East Suffolk Line Walks Booklet.
This circular walk includes tidal marshes, oak woodland, and sandy heaths, leading to the National Trust's Sutton Hoo estate, an archaeological site of outstanding international importance. Return trains from Melton :13 mins past the hour to Ipswich & Felixstowe, :36 mins past the hour to Lowestoft.
It's free and there is no need to book; just show up on the day!
Saturday 15 April (Easter Saturday) - Alde Valley and Snape Maltings - Saxmundham to Wickham Market via Snape 13 miles. 10am upon arrival of the 9.07 from Lowestoft / 9.17 from Ipswich. No need to book
Saturday 20 May - Garden of Suffolk - Saxmundham to Darsham 6.25 miles - Times to be advised. Booking required as part of the Suffolk Walking Festival
The following is advice if plan to join our guided walks:
Wear stout, comfortable footwear and have waterproofs if wet. Bring light refreshments (especially drink) for brief stops along the way. Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be on a lead. To check train times before setting out check National Rail Enquiries on the web or call 08457 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.