GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Westleton Walks

7 miles (12 km)

This Suffolk village is a fine place to start a walk. There's miles of trails heading into the surrounding heathland and woodland with the coast not too far away. There's also a pretty village green, a notable 14th century church and a couple of fine old pubs for refreshments afterwards.
This circular walk from the village visits Minsmere Nature Reserve, Westleton Heath and Dunwich Heath. The area is great for wildlife with Dartmoor Ponies and red deer to look out for on the way.
The walk starts in the village and heads south past Westleton Common towards Hangmans New Wood. You can then follow bridleways heading north east across an area known as the Westleon Walks. This will take you past Saunders Hill to Dunwich Heath where you can pick up a section of the Suffolk Coast Path and head past Greyfriars Wood to the beach at Dunwich.
You then head west along Dunwich Forest before exploring Westleton Heath where there's a number of different footpaths and lots of pretty heather in the late summer. You'll pass Broom Hill and Cutten's Hill before returning to the village.


IP17 3AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Westleton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Westleton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the historic Westleton Crown for some post walk refreshment. The pub is located in a fine spot on the village green and dates back to the 12th century. They serve fine food and also have a nice terraced garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode IP17 3AD.

Dog Walking

The woods, heath and coast are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners as you make your way through the area. The Westleton Crown pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve at Walberswick. It's located just north of Minsmere and includes waymarked trails taking you to heathland, reed beds, grassland, woodlands, shingle, lagoons, mudflats and the salt marshes of the Blyth estuary.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Sussex Walks and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Walks pages.


Westleton village centre - - 2027914

Westleton village centre

Westleton Common - - 362518

Westleton Common. Looking towards the junction of the road to Minsmere (Mill Road) and Hardpiece lane

Track through Westleton Heath - - 2067996

Track through Westleton Heath

Westleton Walks - - 1733814

The view across to Westleton Walks from the footpath up to Vault Hill

Dartmoor pony in Dunwich Forest - - 2068218

Dartmoor pony in Dunwich Forest

Woodland near Theberton - - 284674

Woodland near Theberton. Spring sunshine and glorious walking. Silver birch predominates.

Engine Houses at Dunwich Beach - - 1461201

Engine Houses at Dunwich Beach

New Dunwich Heathland - - 484167

New Dunwich Heathland. Looking West along the hedged field boundary towards the edge of Potbriggs wood. This is the recently acquired land formerly of Mount Pleasant Farm that the National Trust are now returning to Heath. The Dunwich Deer, fox and rabbit feature strongly.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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