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Blue named discsSuffolk Coast Path


97 km / 60 miles
The Suffolk Coast Path (formerly called the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path) follows rights of way and permissive paths along the Suffolk Heritage Coast south from Lowestoft on low cliffs, foreshore, heath, marsh, river and sea walls. Some inland diversions are necessary because of coastal erosion. Southwold, with its pier, lighthouse and beach huts, is visited; the power staion at Sizewell is passed; the Sandlings Walk is joined near Snape Maltings, home of the Aldeburgh Festival; the seasonal foot ferry is used from Bawdsey to cross the River Deben (daily service between May & September: for information call 07709 411 511); the path ends at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe.

At Felixstowe a link route, described in the Cicerone guide, connects to the Stour and Orwell Walk.

The Cicerone guide also describes an alternative Orford loop that explores the River Alde and gives an option of using the seasonal Butley ferry to rejoin the main route.

The Sandlings Walk intersects with the Coast Path in several places to enable shorter, circular walks to be devised.

The 2015 book by Peter Caton, 'Suffolk Coast Walk' explores all 162 miles of Suffolk's unique coastline and provides useful background to the area.


Waymark: Blue named discs
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Blue named discs
Attributes: Paths marked on OS mapping
National Landscape
Start: TM548926 - Lowestoft, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Finish: TM283320 - Felixstowe, Suffolk View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape - Suffolk Coast Path Griffmonster - Suffolk Coast Path [blog] Escape Matters - Suffolk Coast Path [blog] Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Suffolk Coast Path [blog] London Hiker - Spooked on the Suffolk Coast Path [blog] Suffolk Coast Path [YouTube video]

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, 184, 197, 212, 231
OS Explorer Active 40, 184, 197, 212, 231

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Route Profile:

97.2 km (60.4 miles)
529 m (1,736 ft) ascent
27 m (89 ft)  maximum height

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