GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pin Mill

2 miles (2.8 km)

Enjoy woodland trails and riverside paths on this delightful walk in Suffolk. There's wonderful views over the River Orwell where you can see lots of little boats at the charming hamlet of Pin Mill. The area is also great for flora and fauna with pretty heather and yellow gorse to see as you make your way through the area.
The walk starts from the Pin Mill car park, just to the north of the village of Chelmondiston. From here you can pick up the Stour and Orwell Walk to take you along the River Orwell.
The trails take you through the attractive pine woodland of the Cliff Plantation before returning to the car park.
After your walk you can visit the splendid Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill. The pub dates from the 17th century and features in the Swallows and Amazons book series byArthur Ransome, who patronised the inn himself.
To extend the walk you can continue west along the waymarked Stour and Orwell Walk to Woolverstone Park and Ipswich. There's more nice river views and the option of continuing your waterside walking along the River Gipping in Ipswich.
Our much longer Shotley Peninsula circular walk will take you through the surrounding area which includes estate farmlands, with salt marshes and intertidal mudflats. It runs through Pin Mill so is it's easy to pick up from the start point of this walk.


IP9 1JW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Pin Mill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pin Mill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Butt & Oyster is a well known local pub, set in the hamlet. It's located in a lovely spot overlooking the river, with outdoor seating available. You can find them at postcode IP9 1JW for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and river paths make for a fine walk with your dog. The Butt & Oyster pub mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water and treats available for your furry friend.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Almost directly opposite the hamlet on the other side of the Orwell you can see the village of Levington. Here you can enjoy the circular Levington Walk which visits Levington Creek and the delightful Nacton Shores. In the village there's also an historic 16th century church and a 14th century thatched pub for refreshment. You could also head west to visit Orwell Country Park which is just on the other side of the Orwell Bridge.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Boats moored at Pin Mill - - 721297

Boats moored at Pin Mill. These boats, in varying stages of disrepair, sit on the mud flats and saltings at the hamlet.

Pin Mill foreshore - - 721349

Pin Mill foreshore. Looking upstream from the foreshore in front of the clubhouse of the Sailing Club.

Old boats at Pin Mill - - 721342

Old boats at Pin Mill

Footpath through trees - - 1432816

Footpath through trees. Near the Orwell estuary east of the hamlet.

Pine trees in Cliff Plantation - - 1432820

Pine trees in Cliff Plantation.

Path in Cliff Plantation - - 1432828

Path in Cliff Plantation. Much of the plantation is broadleaved woodland, but there are areas of heath with some pines, seen here looking into the light on a grey afternoon. Seen from a path not shown on the maps - this is an open access area.

Track towards the Orwell - - 1432834

Track towards the Orwell. The track passes a couple of small reservoirs, the top one of which can be seen.

Reservoir near Chelmondiston - - 1432842

Reservoir near Chelmondiston. In a quiet area between the B1456 and the Orwell estuary.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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