GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Felixstowe Walks

14 miles (23 km)

Flanked by two rivers and with a lovely coastline, the Suffolk town of Felixstowe is a fine place for a walk. It's an attractive place with a Victorian promenade, an old pier and some pleasant seafront gardens to explore.
This circular walk explores the coast and countryside surrounding the town using a section of the Suffolk Coast Path. The route runs for about 14 miles along a flat, waymarked path. There's much to enjoy with seaside stretches, riverside footpaths and countryside trails on the way. You'll also pass marshland and nature reserves where there are some excellent bird watching opportunities.
The walk starts from the pier on the seafront and heads north east along the town and beach to Felixstowe Ferry. Here you can catch the little ferry over the river toBawdsey and follow the Suffolk Coast Path east towards Orford Ness.
You head around Felixstowe Marshes next to the River Deben before turning west along the King's Fleet waterway. You continue west to the village of Trimley St Martin before coming to Loompit Lake and the Trimley Marshes Nature Reserve. The site is one of the premiere wildlife watching spots in England with a huge variety of water loving birds to look out for.
The path runs through the reserve and along the River Orwell before climbing to a viewpoint at Fagbury Cliff.
The final section takes you through the town before returning to the seafront where the walk finishes.

Felixstowe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Felixstowe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Felixstowe

  • Suffolk Coast Path - A walk along the beautiful Suffolk coast from Felixstowe to Lowestoft
  • Trimley Marshes - Follow the circular trail around this lovely nature reserve near Felixstowe
  • River Deben - Enjoy a waterside walk along the River Deben from Woodbridge to Felixstowe Ferry
  • Stour and Orwell Walk - Follow the Rivers Orwell and the Stour on this walk through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Bawdsey - This little village is located in a lovely spot in on the River Deben Peninsula in the Suffolk Coast and HeathsArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Pubs/Cafes

One nice idea is to stop of at the Ferry Boat Inn at Felixstowe Ferry. It's a historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to 1465. The interior is full of character and includes low beams and a huge wood burner to keep you warm on those winter days. They do very good food and also have a nice beer garden to sit out in on warmer days. You can find the pub at a postcode of IP11 9RZ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The area around the town is great for dog walking though you are requested to keep them on leads in the Trimley Marshes Nature Reserve. The Ferry Boat Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Felixstowe Ferry you will pass the noteworthy Bawdsey Manor. Built in 1886, it was enlarged in 1895 as the principal residence ofSir William Cuthbert Quilter. The manor is now used forPGLholidays and courses,and has a small museum in the Radar Transmitter Block. This is whereradarresearch took place early inWorld War II. The manor is located in a fine position at the mouth of theRiver Deben near Felixstowe Ferry.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Photos

Beach at Felixstowe - geograph.org.uk - 39084

Beach at Felixstowe. Looking towards the pier at low water

Martello Tower, Felixstowe Ferry - geograph.org.uk - 1468022

Martello Tower, Felixstowe Ferry. It looks like this tower is used as a home. This scene is right at the mouth of the River Deben, and two yachts are navigating their way into the river, using the route required to avoid the sand bars and islands that form. In the background we see a container ship making its way to the other end of the town, and the docks built on the River Orwell.

Felixstowe Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 711729

Felixstowe Marshes. Looking across the reed-beds towards Holmhill Farm.

Creeks at Felixstowe Ferry - geograph.org.uk - 977160

Creeks at Felixstowe Ferry. Tidal creeks at the edge of the river Deben. In the background, in the next square, are visible the ex-RAF houses of RAF Bawdsey, pioneering radar and missile site. The actual Bawdsey Manor, where Watson-Watt's team worked, is just visible on the skyline in the centre.

Ferry Boat Inn, Felixstowe Ferry - geograph.org.uk - 1148070

Ferry Boat Inn, Felixstowe Ferry

King's Fleet - geograph.org.uk - 1335419

King's Fleet - so named because it was used by Edward III in 1338 to assemble his fleet before sailing to fight in France.

Island in Loompit Lake - geograph.org.uk - 1312403

Island in Loompit Lake

Entrance to Trimley Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 282436

Entrance to Trimley Marshes. The entrance to Trimley Marshes with Felixstowe docks in the background.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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