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Long-Distance Routes

Three long distance routes can be found in the AONB. All offer a wonderful way to get to know this area, and have been designed to showcase the range of countryside, wildlife and heritage to be found in this unique landscape.

The Suffolk Coast Path

A 50-mile walk from Felixstowe to Lowestoft in easy stages, linking up with the Stour and Orwell Walk. The path takes you through some of the most characteristic landscapes of the AONB. 

The Stour and Orwell Walk

A 42-mile walk from Felixstowe to Cattawade and Manningtree, around two of the most beautiful estuaries in East Anglia. Celebrated by artists, poets and writers, the estuaries are also home to a wide variety of wildlife.

The Sandlings Walk

A 60-mile walk between the eastern fringes of Ipswich and Southwold, linking the remaining fragments of beautiful Sandlings Heath. 

Guidance for the Long Distance Walks

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and Cicerone Press have published a guide to long-distance walking in the AONB, bringing the three long-distance routes together in one handy pocket guide. The guide retails at £12.95. In May 2016 it was announced as being out of stock at the AONB and from Cicerone, although other outlets (such as book shops) may still have copies.  It is being updated and a relaunch time of mid Febraury 2017 is being given.

We recommend that walkers research not only the route (see note below) but also the local transport options (especially if using a ferry crossing) and accommodation as necessary.  Please take a copy of the relevant OS map with you: the routes of all our long distance paths are marked on the relevant local OS Explorer maps, 197, 212 and 231.

Should you experience any problems while walking these routes, please contact us.

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. This is more likely to occur in the winter when erosion and flooding incidents may happen with little or no warning.

Some walks may take you onto or across public highways so please be aware of traffic. We recommend that some type of high visibility clothing is worn.

 

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