GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Martlesham Creek

3 miles (5.5 km)

This circular walk takes you to Martlesham Creek from the little village of Martlesham, near Woodbridge.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Fynn Valley Walk long distance footpath. Follow it east and it will take you to the creek where you can walk along a waterside trail on the northern side. It will take you to Kyson Point and hill, an area run by the National Trust right next to the mouth of the creek where it meets with the River Deben. It's a picturesque area and one of the highlights of the creek. At the site you'll find a grassy hill, surrounded by wooded belts, sloping down to the saltings and mudflats of the tidal Deben. It's a great area for bird watching with many species visiting the estuary. Look out for egrets, oyster catchers, plovers, teals, little grebes, redshanks, black tailed godwits, and curlews as you make your way along the river.
The route then heads north west to Maidensgrave before picking up a country lane to take you back to Martlesham.

Martlesham Creek OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Martlesham Creek Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Red Lion is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. 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.

Dog Walking

The creek and the woodland trails around Kyson point are popular with dog walkers. The Red Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Waldringfield Walk starts from the nearby village and visits Martlesham before heading into Woodbridge for a riverside stroll along the Deben. The village is worth a visit as it's nicely located next to the river and includes a noteworthy 14th century church and a very fine quayside pub.
Also close to the creek is the interesting Sutton Hoo ancient burial ground. The National Trust owned estate has some nice trails through woodland and along the river.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Martlesham Creek - geograph.org.uk - 1736

Martlesham Creek. The eastern end, looking south.

Remains of old quay - geograph.org.uk - 900850

Remains of old quay. The River Deben is a popular location for yachting, as can be seen by the number of yachts moored in the river. What appears to be the remains of an old quay line the foreshore at Kyson Point.

Mouth of Martlesham Creek - geograph.org.uk - 373967

This is a view over the mouth of Martlesham Creek as it empties into the River Deben

Old posts at Kyson Point - geograph.org.uk - 900857

Old posts at Kyson Point

Dog Walkers At Kyson Point - geograph.org.uk - 1295196

Dog Walkers at the woodland area at Kyson Point. Looking out of the woods at Kyson Point to the start of the riverside path.

Kyson Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1238606

Kyson Hill.
A view of the woodland in early spring.
The National Trust sign also pictured.

View toward Woodbridge - geograph.org.uk - 1295182

View toward Woodbridge. Looking north across farmland towards Woodbridge and to Sutton on the far side of the Deben.

Martlesham Hall - geograph.org.uk - 894619

Martlesham Hall

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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