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Blue named discs (replacing Suffolk Coast & Heaths Path yellow and purple markers)Suffolk Coast Path


80 km / 50 miles
The Path (called the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path prior to 2008) follows rights of way and permissive paths along the Suffolk Heritage Coast north from Felixstowe on river and sea walls and across marsh, heath, foreshore and low cliffs and via the foot ferry to Bawdsey. It follows the western bank of the River Ore inland from Orfordness up to Snape Maltings, before heading east down the northern side of the River Alde to regain the coast of the festival town of Aldeburgh and from there it follows the coast to Lowestoft South Pier. Check the Suffolk Coast & Heaths website for the latest news on coastal erosion.

At Felixstowe, it connects with the Stour and Orwell Walk to provide links to the Stour Valley Path (East Anglia) and Essex Way at Manningtree. On OS mapping, Landranger maps show the Stour and Orwell Path combined while Explorer maps name them both.

The Sandlings Walk takes a route generally inland from the Suffolk Coast Path that runs broadly parallel, particularly south of Snape towards Ipswich where the Sandlings route snakes across the inland heaths and forests, while the Path returns to the coast. Between Snape and Southwold the two routes meet and cross several times. Near Dunwich both routes skirt the RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve (link below), the Path here going along the coast and the Walk inland. These intersections provide for a number of circular options for shorter walks.

The Cicerone guide is a walkers' guide to the trails of the Suffolk coast with three long-distance walks described - the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk - linking together to provide a comprehensive and varied circuit of the entire Suffolk Heritage Coast. Walkers of the paths on and near the Suffolk Coast will find the book by Peter Caton full of interest. While not written as a guide to specific LDPs - there are three in this area - it combines travel writing with a walking guide. The 2015 book, 'Suffolk Coast Walk' provides a insights into this fascinating county and is the companion book to Essex Coast Walk by the same author. Caton explores all 162 miles of Suffolk's unique coastline, including the inlets, creeks, rivers and estuaries, sandy beaches and huge expanses of shingle, through nature reserves, seaside resorts and tiny villages. Caton considers the stories behind legends of Anne Boleyn, invading Germans, a half-man half-fish character, UFOs, Crazy Mary and bells tolling beneath the sea. He visits Suffolk's only island and takes a boat trip to investigate the secret world of Orford Ness. Colour and black & white photos illustrate the book along with maps. It will be useful background also for the Suffolk Coast Path, Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk.


Waymark: Blue named discs (replacing Suffolk Coast & Heaths Path yellow and purple markers)
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Blue named discs (replacing Suffolk Coast & Heaths Path yellow and purple markers)
Attributes: Easy
Start: TM313349 - Felixstowe, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Finish: TM548926 - Lowestoft, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Griffmonster - Suffolk Coast Path posts [blog] Annierak - Suffolk Coast Path [blog] Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Suffolk Coast Path [blog] Suffolk Coast Path [YouTube video] London Hiker - Spooked on the Suffolk Coast Path [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook 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  (Cicerone Press  - 2017 )
Guidebook Sandlings walks : 20 circular walks around the Suffolk coast and heaths  (Larks Press  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Suffolk Coast Walk  (Matador (an imprint of Troubadour)  - 2015 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 134, 156, 169
OS Landranger Active 134, 156, 169
OS Explorer 40, 197, 212, 231
OS Explorer Active 40, 197, 212, 231

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28 km

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Route Profile:

91.5 km (56.9 miles)
474 m (1,555 ft) ascent
27 m (89 ft)  maximum height

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