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Best coastal walks in Suffolk

Shake up your daily lockdown walk with these coastal strolls that'll help blow away the January blues

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Suffolk is home to over 50 miles of stunning coast paths and seeing as lockdown 3.0 means we can do precious little else, now is as good a time as any to wrap up warm, fill your lungs with fresh sea air and discover our scenic seashore. Here’s your definitive guide to the best seaside strolls and coastal walks in Suffolk (please see lockdown rules regarding walks before you set off – currently you can only do walks if you are local to them).

Walberswick circular route (7.6 miles)

Boxing Day walks on the beach
Image: Simon James on Flickr

We couldn’t talk about bracing coastal walks in Suffolk without including this fabulous Walberswick route that takes in both beach and countryside. This is one for keen ramblers or walkers as the two routes are 7.6 or 8.3 miles. Only a small part of the walk is along the beach, but enough to blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs.

coastal walks in suffolk map

Dunwich Heath circular (2.5 miles)

Heath and beach combine to make a lovely easy and short walk along this part of the Suffolk Heritage Coast that is teeming with wildlife. The walk starts at the Dunwich National Trust car park, walking parallel with the coastline, then turns inland to double back over the heath. View the route here.

suffolk coast walk
Image: The National Trust

Thorpeness Circular Walk (6.5 miles/ 3 hours)

Plenty to see other than the sea on this coastal walk, which starts in Aldeburgh and loops around Thorpeness. It takes in the famous scallop sculpture on the beach, The House in the Clouds, a Martello tower and a windmill. All the details here.

Image: The National Trail

Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh (6 miles/ 2.5 hours)

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Image credit: Best of Suffolk

Snape Maltings has some lovely strolls in a range of distances, but for a coastal cure take the Sailor’s Path from Snape to Aldeburgh. It’s a bit long for a circular route back, unless you’ve got all day but there is a bus route back (lockdown rules allowing).

RSPB Minsmere circular coast trail (2 miles)

Image credit: RSBP Minsmere

January and February might not be good for much, but they are brilliant months for twitchers with all the winter visitors to spot. RSBP Minsmere is a favourite with the likes of Chris Packham, so grab your binoculars and enjoy the 2 mile stroll around this famous coastal reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for wading birds, bitterns and otters among the reedbeds. Route here.

Map credit: RSPB Minsmere

Southwold to Covehithe circular (10.5 miles)

Image credit: Andrew Stawarz on Flickr

Pack a picnic as this is a long walk, but with nothing much else to do this lockdown why not spend a day taking in the beauty of these two contrasting Suffolk beaches – from the candy-coloured beach huts of Southwold to the bleak but beautiful Covehithe? The walk begins in Southwold and follows the coast northwards, over Easton Broad towards Covehithe. Once you’ve seen the incredible church ruins at Covehithe you head inland to circle back to the start.

Covehithe walk

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