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Promoted Route Updates

From time to time there will be diversions or temporary closures of some sections of the walking and cycling routes promoted in the AONB.

Any changes or updates will be posted on this page, as well as being shared on our social media channels.

Sandlings Walk

September 2021 update – Bailey Bridge, which connects Southwold and Walberswick, will reopen on Monday 27th September 2021.

July 2021 diversion – Preliminary works have begun prior to the closure of Bailey Bridge crossing the River Blyth, connecting Southwold & Walberswick. The bridge will close Friday 2 July for approximately 12 weeks to enable vital refurbishment works to take place. Find out more.

November 2020 diversion – Due to a flooded footpath just after Sizewell Power Station the Sandlings Walk has been re-routed to go along the coast to Minsmere sluice where it follows the path inland to Eastbridge. Please follow additional signage on the ground and see map for further information (PDF).

This path can get very muddy at various points. Pop into the ruined chapel to see the new stained glass artwork called a ‘Wing and a Prayer’.

October 2020 diversion – Due to forestry works in Rendlesham Forest the Sandlings Walk has been redirected through Staverton Thicks for the next few months. Please follow additional signage on the ground and see map for further information (PDF)

The Suffolk Coast Path

2018 Update – Stage 2 – The Suffolk Coast Path was a few years ago moved further inland from the former Southwold – Reydon – B1127 – Covehithe Broad – Covehithe route. The current route is shown in the Official Guide (published by Cicerone) and goes further inland to Frostenden Corner before heading back to the coast at Covehithe.


When heading N out of Southwold – Follow the green lane running inland from Easton Marshes to the B1127. When you reach the B1127 turn ‘S’ along the road and take the first ‘R’ Covert Road joining Rissemere Lane East. Head N on Rights of Way near Reydon Grove Farm to Frostenden Corner. Take the lane heading E to South Cove, then head N on B1127 and take the 1st R which is the lane to Covehithe.


When heading S out of Covehithe – Take road heading ‘W’ from Covehithe to B1127 (via Crossways Cottages). When you reach the B1127 turn ‘S’ along the road And take 1st R opposite South Cove Church. Follow road to Frostenden Corner. Leave road and head S on Rights of Way to join Rissemere Lane East near Reydon Grove Farm. Head E on Rissemere Lane East To join Covert Road heading S. At ‘Y’ junction turn ‘L’ onto B1127. Take green lane that leads from E side of B1127 to coast just N of Southwold Pier.

The Sailors’ Path (part of the Suffolk Coast Path)

January 2021 Friston Public Footpath 001: From Snape Public Footpath 017 for 2200 metres eastbound will be closed from 1st March 2021 until 12th April 2021 so that the timber boardwalk between Snape and the main road into Aldeburgh can be replaced.

There is no alternative route. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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