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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Horstead to Heggatt Circular Walk

Horstead millpond and mill

A stroll along the southern side of the River Bure to the ancient hamlet of Heggatt

This short walk takes one through country lanes and along old tracks and footpaths on the southern side of the River Bure. Highlights include the ruins of Horstead Mill and views across the valley to Coltishall and Belaugh. Plus a walk would not be complete without a little piece of folklore, and this one is all about a prophesy centred around a tree on Heggatt Common

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Walk Around the Wash - West Lynn to Kings Lynn

Kings Lynn on the banks of the Ouse

A short walk from West Lynn to Kings Lynn including the Lynn Town Trail

A short walk that includes a town trail to view the historic centre of Kings Lynn. There is plenty of history here and the descriptions in this account scratch the surface of what has occurred through the ages. The feature that we concentrate upon in this instance is the legend that surrounds the burning of the witch Margaret Reed in the 16th century.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Essex Walks Map

Essex Map image

As an aid to navigating and finding a map specific to your geographical requirements, we have generated a Google map of all Suffolk walks that are detailed on this site. The map below is zoomable and uses icons to locate each walk, specified on the geographical location of either the start/end of the walk or its main feature. Click on any icon to display a brief description which contains a link to the full walk details.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Great Dunmow Town Trail

The Doctors Pond

An 3 mile circular walk around the small Essex town of Great Dunmow

With plenty of historic buildings, a fine 13th century church, some great pubs and a fantastic Indian Restaurant this provides any visitor a taste of this ancient town. The walk is simple and easy and one cannot visit Dunmow without discovering the interesting history of the Dunmow Fitch which is the main feature to this walk.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Walk Around the Wash - Sutton Bridge to West Lynn

Path past the Scott Lighthouse

The 14 miles Peter Scott Walk from Sutton Bridge to West Lynn, crossing the border from Lincolnshire to Norfolk

Leaving Sutton Bridge, this renowned walk heads down to the lighthouse made famous by the wildfowler turned conservationist Peter Scott. Few folk venture beyond this but those that do the full walk will be treated to the wide open views with the North Norfolk coast sitting on the horizon and the Wash Islands, a failed venture to create fresh water havens in this land of marsh and mud flats.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Walk Around the Wash - Fosdyke to Sutton Bridge

River Nene at Scott Lighthouse

An 18 mile along the sea defence banks from Fosdyke to Sutton Bridge

A fairly extensive walk into the wide open expanse of the Wash along defence banks that lead the way around the extremities of the reclaimed land. It is awe-inspiring, it is remote. An RAF bombing range occupies a length of the furthermost parts but this does not restrict the use of the path. The eastern side of this walk is said to be the area that King John lost the crown jewels in the 13th century when he attempted to cross the Wash.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Walk Around the Wash - Boston to Fosdyke

Haven River

An 11 mile along the sea defence banks from Boston to Fosdyke

This walks follows the start of the Macmillan Way as the first stage of the walk around the Wash. The route follows the Haven river before heading down to Fosdyke bridge on the River Welland. The walk is typified with acres of flat marsh, water filled creeks, wide open skies and views for miles around.

Monday, 11 July 2016

North Walsham to Bacton Woods Circular Walk

wonky telegraph poles near Ebridge Mill pond

An 7 mile circular walk connecting the Norfolk town of North Walsham with Bacton Woods

The Norfolk countryside holds a lot of hidden gems and this walk discovers a few. The route uses country lanes and footpaths to provide an easy circular ramble. The woods are worth the effort and hold a hidden secret of the location of a gibbet on which, during the late 18th century, William Suffolk's body was hanged in chains for his murderous deeds. The return route passes the iconic Ebridge Mill and then leads onto the Weavers Way for the final section back to North Walsham

Monday, 13 June 2016

Captains Wood, Sudbourne

Captains Wood

A 2 mile walk around the ancient woodland of Captains Wood just outside the hamlet of Sudbourne

This is a hidden gem of a walk close to the Suffolk Coast in woodland which is currently under the management of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The ancient woodland is full of life, colour and a natural wildness that is a pleasure to behold. A waymarked path provides easy access around the wood so one cannot get lost. Just take ones time and take it all in.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Deben Estuary - Melton to Bawdsey

View across the Deben estuary

A 15 mile river side walk along the Deben Estuary in Suffolk between the villages of Melton and Bawdsey

This walk follows river side footpaths with spectacular views across the estuary. Unfortunately at Ramsholt there is no public access and one needs to divert through to the village of Alderton with a road walk for the last few miles to Bawdsey. A ferry crossing an a short walk into Felixstowe provides public transport access back to Melton

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Paston Way - North Walsham to Mundesley

Edingthorpe church

An 11 mile walk along Norfolk's Paston Way between North Walsham and Mundesley

The Paston Way is a veritable Trail around some of East Norfolk's medieval churches. This section includes the delights of North Walsham, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Paston and Bacton. Although all are impressive, it it the small church at Edingthorpe which must not be missed, a treasure to behold.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Seaside Walk Week

Seaside Walk Week

It will soon be 2016 Seaside Walk Week. From Sunday 29 May to Sunday 5 June, this event, which is in its second year and organized by the charity Family Holiday Association, is dedicated to getting everyone outside to enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of the Great British seaside. The event will launch with an official walk in Scarborough, Britain’s first seaside resort, and end with another official walk as part of a grand finale weekend in Weston-super-Mare. Full details are available from their website page for Seaside Walk Week.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Leiston to Westwood Marsh

The old Westwood Marsh Pumping Mill

A walk encompassing the Westwood Marshes footpath into a circular route from Leiston

The Westwood Marshes footpath is little gem of a path that links the Newdelight Walks with the Suffolk Coast Path through the Westwood marshes. The route for this walk uses this path as the ultimate destination from Leiston but shorter alternatives to include this path are also detailed.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A Walk through the The Vale of Slaughden

Thames barge heading down river

An exhilarating 4 mile walk along the defence banks of Suffolk's River Alde estuary beginning and ending at Slaughden Quay

Once known as the Vale of Slaughden, the area below Aldeburgh presents a big open landscape across the marsh with the wide estuary waters of the River Alde as it meanders alongside the coast. Once upon a time Slaughden was a bustling fishing village but in present day it is all under the waves and a narrow spit of shingle is all that divides the North Sea from the gentle waters of the river.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

In search of the lost Suffolk village of Hethern

Westwood Lodge with what is thought to be the old track leading down to the marsh

A 5 mile walk through Dunwich forest to the medieval site of the lost village of Hethern

Dunwich forest is always a good place to walk and find peace amid the fora, fauna and wildlife. There are information boards that provide details of this ever changing world of nature but there is nothing about its history. Little is known of the medieval village of Hethern or the landmarks of Stonehill Bridge and Stonehill Castle which are recorded in the 15th century Westleton Extents. This document records that they stood aside a now lost road directly linking Dunwich to Blythburgh and which cut across the marshes.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Lincolnshire Coast Path - Wrangle to Wainfleet

Batemans brewery from the River Steeping

An 7.5 mile beach walk from Wrangle to Wainfleet

An alternative route to the coastal defence banks that provides a little more interest. Open flat farmland, tiny hamlets and a long straight footpath that was once thought to have been a Roman road. The end of the walk is at Batemans Brewery where a worthy reward of some handsome ale can be purchased in this unique setting within the confines of an old windmill.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Lincolnshire Coast Path - Boston to Wrangle

Hobhole Drain from Freiston Bridge looking north

An 10 mile beach walk from Boston to Wrangle

An alternative route to the coastal defence banks that provides a change to the marsh views. Open flat farmland, tiny hamlets, large churches and plenty of pubs along the way. Not strictly part of a coast path but this route roughly follows the coast of medieval times when Wrangle boasted the third largest harbour along this section of coastline.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Norfolk Walks Map

Norfolk Map image

As an aid to navigating and finding a map specific to your geographical requirements, we have generated a Google map of all Norfolk walks that are detailed on this site. The map below is zoomable and uses icons to locate each walk, specified on the geographical location of either the start/end of the walk or its main feature. Click on any icon to display a brief description which contains a link to the full walk details.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Suffolk Walks Map

Suffolk Map image

As an aid to navigating and finding a map specific to your geographical requirements, we have generated a Google map of all Suffolk walks that are detailed on this site. The map below is zoomable and uses icons to locate each walk, specified on the geographical location of either the start/end of the walk or its main feature. Click on any icon to display a brief description which contains a link to the full walk details.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Lincolnshire Coast Path - Skegness to Gibraltar Point

Beach looking towards Gibraltar Point

A 7.5 mile beach walk from Skegness to Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point, with its Nature Reserve, Visitor Centre and Wash Study Centre can be accessed via a dedicated road from Skegness town centre. This walk attempts to access the Point by way of the beach. It is imperative that one heeds the tide times in order to walk this route, but those doing so will be treated to some outstanding beach views and the solitude that this deserted area brings with it.

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