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Suffolk Coast and Heath Walks

3 long-distance routes in the AONB: the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk

Guidebook to 3 long-distance routes exploring the varied landscapes of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. The Suffolk Coast Path covers 55 to 60 miles from Lowestoft to Felixstowe. The Stour and Orwell Walk is 40 miles from Felixstowe to Cattawade near Manningtree, while the Sandlings Walk is 59 miles from Ipswich to Southwold.


all the routes can be walked at any time of year; summer is the busiest time and accommodation may be hard to find during the Aldeburgh Festival in June; spring and autumn are best for watching birds; winter has its own charm when you may find that you have the place to yourself


Lowestoft, Southwold, Felixstowe and Ipswich


all of these coast and heath walks are easy for those of moderate fitness; no special ability or equipment is necessary and the only challenge comes from attempting to complete the long-distance routes in succession as a multi-day itinerary

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB; once-great sea ports like Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh; a landscape characterised by estuaries, marshes, dunes, sand and shingle beaches; unique scenery and wildlife
16 Feb 2017
10 Sept 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

Guidebook to 3 long-distance walking routes exploring the varied landscapes of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. The walks described in this book - the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk - link together to provide a comprehensive and varied circuit of the entire Suffolk Heritage Coast. All routes can be walked year-round and are suitable for walkers of every ability.

  • The Suffolk Coast Path (presented in 8 stages) stretches along the coast between Lowestoft and Landguard Fort, close to Felixstowe in the south, a total distance of 60 miles (97km) depending on whether beach walking or inland options are followed
  • The Stour and Orwell Walk (presented in 5 stages) continues where the Suffolk Coast Path ends, starting at Landguard Point and threading for 40 miles (64km) around the estuaries of the Stour and Orwell rivers to finish at Cattawade, close to the Essex border
  • The Sandlings Walk (59 miles/94.5km) is presented in 7 stages and explores the heathland region that lies immediately inland from the Suffolk coast. The majority of the route lies entirely within the confines of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB
  • Step-by-step descriptions for each walk accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping
  • Information on local points of interest and comprehensive planning information


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Laurence Mitchell Cicerone author MITCHELL

By Laurence Mitchell

Originally from the West Midlands, Laurence Mitchell has been based in East Anglia for longer than he cares to remember. He worked as a geography teacher for many years before finally reinventing himself as a freelance travel writer and photographer. Laurence is especially interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations like the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus region and has written guidebooks to Serbia, Belgrade and Kyrgyzstan as well as his own backyard of Norfolk and Suffolk, which he enjoys just as much as anywhere else. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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