Best coastal walks in Suffolk
Make the most of Suffolk's stunning coastline with these 6 best seaside walks. Choose between all-day treks and easy meanders, and don't miss the best spot for migrating birds.
Suffolk is home to over 50 miles of stunning coast paths and as the weather (theoretically) warms up, now is as good a time as any to tug on the wellies, 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.
Walberswick circular route (7.6 miles)
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-Easter cobwebs.
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.
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.
Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh (6 miles/ 2.5 hours)
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.
RSPB Minsmere circular coast trail (2 miles)
Spring’s a brilliant season for twitchers as all the feathery fair-weather visitors arrive. 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.
Southwold to Covehithe circular (10.5 miles)
Pack a picnic as this is a long walk, but with beaches this beautiful why not make a day of it: contrast the candy-coloured beach huts of Southwold with 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.