The three long-distance routes in this guide--the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk--explore some of the most appealing landscapes in southern England largely within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. Easy for those with moderate fitness levels, they can each be walked in a long weekend or all three combined to complete a circuit of the entire Suffolk Heritage Coast, visiting Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Cattawake, Ipswich and Southwold.
The step-by-step route descriptions highlight the many features to be admired among the region's estuaries, marshes, dunes and sand and shingle beaches and the rich history of the once-key seaports of Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh.
While these charming old-fashioned resorts offer homely facilities and a lively cultural scene, many other places along the coastline know no crowds and allow for peaceful day and long-distance walking, appreciating the beauty of the area.
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Foreword by Nick Collinson, Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Manager
Three long-distance walks
History of the landscape
Wildlife and flowers
Culture and heritage
Getting there and back
When to go
What to take
Food and accommodation
Waymarks and access
Using this guide
Suffolk Coastal Path
Stage 1 Lowestoft to Covehithe
Stage 2 Covehithe to Southwold
Stage 3 Southwold to Dunwich
Stage 4 Dunwich to Thorpeness
Stage 5 Thorpeness to Snape Maltings
Stage 6 Snape Maltings to Chillesford
Stage 7 Chillesford to Shingle Street
Stage 8 Shingle Street to Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
Stour and Orwell Walk
Stage 1 Landguard Fort, Felixstowe to Nacton
Stage 2 Nacton to Orwell Bridge or Ipswich
Stage 3 Orwell Bridge to Pin Mill
Stage 4 Pin Mill to Lower Holbrook
Stage 5 Lower Holbrook to Cattawade
Stage 1 Ipswich to Woodbridge via Martlesham Heath
Stage 2 Woodbridge to Sutton Common
Stage 3 Sutton Common to Butley via Rendlesham Forest
Stage 4 Butley to Snape Maltings via Tunstall Forest
Stage 5 Snape Maltings to Thorpeness
Stage 7 Dunwich Heath to Southwold
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Further reading
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Laurence Mitchell worked as a geography teacher for many years before becoming a travel writer and photographer. He is especially interested in off-the-beaten-track locations and has written guides to Serbia and Kyrgyzstan. When not abroad he likes to explore his own backyard: Norfolk and Suffolk. He has contributed to many travel anthologies and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.