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 by Arthur 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.
PostcodeIP9 1JW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Pin Mill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pin Mill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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.
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.