Fynn Valley Walk
This footpath runs along the River Fynn from Witnesham to Woodbridge. You will pass the pretty villages of Tuddenham St Martin, Playford, Little Bealings and Martlesham where you join the lovely final section along the Martlesham Creek and the River Deben to Woodbridge, finishing at the train station.
The route runs for about 9 miles on a fairly flat path so it's suitable for most abilities.
You can continue your riverside walking by picking up the footpath along the River Deben to Felixstowe Ferry on the coast.
Fynn Valley Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Fynn Valley Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Fynn Valley Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Fynn Valley Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Near the end of the walk you could have a pit stop at The Red Lion next to Martlesham Creek. It's a pub of some note, dating from the 16th century when it was a coaching inn on the old London to Yarmouth turnpike road. Now a Grade II listed country pub it has retained many of its 16th century features, including exposed wooden beams and open fireplace. It's well known for its distinctive Red Lion figurehead which sits on the exterior of the pub. The historic piece was captured in 1672 from a Dutch ship at the Battle of Sole Bay. They have a good menu and can be found at postcode IP12 4RN for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you on the walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Around Woodbridge you can pick up the Waldringfield Walk which will take you south to Martlesham before visiting the pretty little village of Waldringfield. The village is located next to the river and includes a 14th century church and a very fine quayside pub.
On the opposite side of the river you can pick up the Ramsholt Walk. This will take you along the eastern side of the river to Methersgate Quay. In Ramsholt there's a pretty quay, a beach and a splendid riverside pub in what is a delightful remote, unspoilt spot. Near the northern end of the walk there's also the National Trust's Sutton Hoo where you can explore a fascinating Anglo-Saxon burial site.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.