Walking in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

Outstanding landscapes can be found flourishing at every turn along the Suffolk coastline and across its heaths. With so much breathtaking nature to explore, the right walking route can ensure that you make the most out of your time in this stunning county.

To make choosing your route a little easier, we’ve compiled a handy list with a few of our favourites. There are plenty of routes for each and every type of walker, from relaxing rambling to long-distance roaming, The Suffolk Coast offers a walk for all levels and abilities.

In addition to Suffolk’s three main long distance routes; The Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk, there are a number of explorer and pub routes to choose from. So whether you’re after sandy shores, flora, fauna or even a well-deserved refreshment, the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB has route to suit you.

Each of the guides are available to download as useful PDFs, so whether you’re a proper planner or like to go with the flow and carve out your own route, you can use our guides to make sure you see your favourite spots.

EXPLORER GUIDES: With 14 circular routes to choose from, here are a few of our favourites!

Blaxhall and Tunstall: This is a great route for those looking to truly immerse themselves in all of the verdant countryside that Suffolk has to offer. With stunning heaths and ancient burial grounds providing a colourful and historical backdrop to your walk, you can easily explore the area.

Snape: The village of Snape is a hidden gem located just inland of the Suffolk Coastline. Both of the AONB Snape walking trails begin at the bustling Snape Maltings, winding out into the surrounding area across the River Alde. Whether you’re observing wildlife in the Warren, or relishing in the natural beauty of the River’s edge, a walk in Snape will not disappoint.

Walberswick: A walk in Walberswick is a treat for the senses. Stunning coastal scenery combined with a beautifully maintained village make it a great destination for walkers of all capabilities. Both routes offer unparalleled views, so whether you’re after an all-encompassing adventure or a relaxing “Walberswick wander”, download these breathtaking walks for free.

Woodbridge: The three routes surrounding the market town of Woodbridge offer something for every walker. Nestled alongside the River Deben, there are a number of brilliant sites to spot whilst in Woodbridge. Depending on the route you choose, locations such as Sutton Hoo, The Tide Mill and the town’s own waterfront are all must sees. 

AONB PUB WALKS: These guides have been created in partnership with Adnams and are conveniently available to download as individual PDFs. Below are just a couple of the great suggestions for taking a well-earned break on your walk.

Levington: Both walks begin at the popular Ship Inn and head towards the River Orwell (and Orwell Estuary), whilst promising stunning coastal views along the way. 

Westleton: These three walks include two great pubs, The White Horse at Westleton and The Bell Inn in Middleton. The circular routes are a brilliant way to get a well-rounded view of the breathtaking local nature and include plenty of luscious heathland and woodlands for you to explore. 


By Cathy Smith on September 6th, 2016

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