The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is a fantastic place to explore on foot. It's simply impossible to get more than a fleeting taste of the AONB from a car, and walking is probably the best way to experience everything the AONB has to offer. We have many free guides to the area - download from our Publications pages.
The 2017 Suffolk Walking Festival Runs from 13 May to 4 June - see the full programme here.
Please take great care when out walking along the coast and estuaries in the AONB. 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.
Walking in the AONB
There are routes suitable for all levels of interest and ability, so whether you're a serious long distance walker or just fancy a short stroll in some beautiful countryside, there's bound to be something suitable. The wider AONB contains an excellent network of footpaths and bridleways, as well as large areas of Open Access land. The role of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is to promote and way mark the routes.
Public Rights of Way are a highly valued aspect of the Suffolk coastline, providing health and recreational benefits, a major attraction to the area for local people, visitors and tourists and contributing significantly to the local economy. Public Rights of Way are managed by Suffolk County Council.
Where rights of way are affected by natural processes or a decision not to maintain defences, Suffolk County Council will adopt a cost/benefit based approach to agree what measures are suitable for a particular right of way. This approach will reflect the importance of the right of way.
Flood defences nationally are managed by the Environment Agency.
Long distance routes
The AONB has three long distance routes covering various terrain. The Suffolk Coast Path, The Stour and Orwell Walk and The Sandlings Walk are all brought together in our Long Distance Routes guide.
We produce a wide range of walking guides designed to help you enjoy the area, many of which are free to download - start exploring now!
If you're out walking with young children and buggies, take a look at the Suffolk Prambling Guide - funded by our Amentity and Accesibility Fund, this handy weatherproof booklet contains 8 walks in the AONB including information on refreshments and toilet stops! (£6.00 plus P&P)
Planning your walk
A good map is essential for anyone considering any serious walking. Ordnance Survey produce an excellent series of Explorer Maps. Look out for the ones with the AONB logo on them.
Explorer Maps 197, 212 and 231 cover the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB area. The maps show all the current Rights of Way, and include long distance routes in the area. They also include information about Open Access land.
Please be aware that footpaths and other rights of way, particularly close to the coast and estuaries, may be subject to temporary restrictions or closure as a result of changing conditions caused by sea or weather. Beaches are not always passable at high tide and cliffs may be unstable.
Please tread lightly on our landscape. It is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for you and future generations. We all have an important role to play in keeping this place special, whether for your next visit or for when you bring your grandchildren here when you grow old.