GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Suffolk Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Alton Water7 miles (11 km)Follow a mixture of well surfaced and unsurfaced cycling and walking trails around this large reservoir in Stutton, Ipswich. The reservoir is surrounded by lovely countryside and includes a butterfly garden, woodland, a wildflower meadow, ponds and a bird hide. It's a great place for wildlife watching. Look out for golden eye, wigeon, pochard, teal and shoveller. There is also a visitor centre at the start of the route where you can hire bikes.
Angles Way77 miles (124 km)This splendid walk through the Norfolk Broads was voted the best waterside walk in Britain by in 2003. The walk is often completed in the following stages:
1. Great Yarmouth to Fritton Lake - on this section you will follow the River Yare, Breydon Water and the River Waveney passing Burgh Castle as you go. The section finishes at the delightful Fritton Lake Country World
2. Fritton Lake to Oulton Broad - you continue along the Waveney towards Lowestoft and the pretty Oulton Broad
3. Oulton Broad to Beccles - an exclusivley waterside section along the Waveney (video below)
4. Beccles to Bungay - a countryside section via Shipmeadow
5. Bungay to Harleston - through the countryside via Homersfield with views of the River Waveney
6. Harleston to Diss - continuing along the Waveney via Hoxne and the Billingford Windmill.
7. Diss to Knettishall Heath - the final section which passes the source of the River Waveney, Redgrave and Lopham Fen.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and green disc featuring an otter.
Bigod Way10 miles (16 km)Explore the countryside around Bungay, in Suffolk, on this short circular walk. The route offers a variety of wildlife, rare plants, and many sites of historical interest. The walk visits Outney Common and includes views of the River Waveney.
Brandon Country Park7 miles (11 km)A lovely cycle or walk around Brandon Country Park and the surrounding Thetford Forest in Suffolk. There are three waymarked, woodland walks while the Poacher Trail cycle route also starts out at Brandon Country Park. This is an intermediate ride waymarked with blue posts.
The park has beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre. You will then head into Thetford Forest along peaceful woodland trails before returning to Brandon Country Park. The park is located near to the small town of Brandon on the River Ouse. If you have time you could continue your walk along the nearby Little Ouse Path for a delightful waterside walk.
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Bury to Clare Walk19 miles (31 km)Follow the Bury to Clare Walk from Bury St Edmunds to Clare on this walk through Suffolk.
The path starts at Nowton Country Park in Bury St Edmunds and heads south passing Somerton, Hawkedon and Stansfield before finishing at Clare Castle Country Park.
Clare Castle Country Park2 miles (3 km)This pretty country park is situated on the River Stour in the Suffolk town of Clare. In the park you will find the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep and the old Clare railway station. There is a riverside walk where you can see a variety of wildlife and a railway walk with details of the park's history.
The Bury to Clare Walk and Stour Valley Path walking routes also run through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk if you have time. The park is located about 10 miles south of Bury St Edmunds, while Sudbury lies a few miles east.
Dunwich Forest5 miles (8 km)This large forest is located in the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the village of Dunwich. There are miles of peaceful woodland walking trails and lovely conservation areas of marshland and wetlandadjacent to the woodland.
This walk starts at Dunwich village and takes you into the forest on the Suffolk Coast Path. You then follow a series of well defined trails through the coniferous and broadleaved woodlandbefore returning to the village. At the northern end of the forest you will find the delightful Westwood Marshes and Walberswick Nature Reserve where there are excellent birdwatching opportunities. Also look out for the Dunwich ponies in the woodland area.
If you follow the Suffolk Coast Path south you will soon come to the wonderful Minsmere Nature Reserve. This coastal nature reserve is considered one of the best sites in the country for birdwatching.
Just to the south you'll find the lovely National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. There's miles of footpaths through beautiful purple heathland and coastal views along the pretty Dunwich beach.
East Suffolk Line Walks71 miles (114 km)Follow the 'East Suffolk Line' railway from Ipswich to Lowestoft on this splendid walk through the Suffolk countryside. You'll pass through Woodbridge, Melton, Saxmundham, Halesworth and Beccles. There are also several riverside sections along the Rivers Alde, Deben, Fynn and the final one along the River Waveney from Beccles to Lowesoft.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and blue disc and has been split into 13 super individual walks which you can view on the link below.
Fritton Lake Country Park6 miles (9.5 km)This super country park is situated just a few miles from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. There are lovely cycling and walking paths around the large lake which is 2.5 miles long.
Fynn Valley Walk9 miles (15 km)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 River Deben to Woodbridge, finishing at the train station.
Gipping Valley River Path17 miles (27 km)Follow the River Gipping from Stowmarket to Ipswich on this pleasant riverside walk. The path passes Needham Market, Claydon and Sproughton before finishing in Ipswich.
There is a variety of water loving wildlife to look out for on this walk as well as interesting old water mills and locks. Also on the path are Needham lake and Suffolk Water Park near Claydon. The latter is a particularly nice place to stop for refreshments or to try your hand at fishing.
Hereward Way110 miles (177 km)Starting in Oakham, in Rutland, follow the Herward Way through Stamford, Peterborough, Ely, and the Breckland forests to Thetford, in Norfolk.
Highlights on the walk include
  • Following the path around Rutland Water at the start of the route
  • The River Welland and Burghley House at Stamford
  • The section along the River Nene and through Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough
  • Following the River Nene through March in Cambridgeshire
  • The magnificent Ely Cathedral and gardens
  • Following the Little Ouse River into Brandon
  • Brandon Country Park and Thetford Forest
  • The delightful RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve near Brandon
  • The final section through the Breckland Heaths and Forests

The walk is well waymarked with a yellow arrow featuring two swords.
Icknield Way Path110 miles (177 km)The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways.
Ickworth Park5 miles (8 km)A circular walk around the parks and gardens at Ickworth in Bury St Edmunds. There are 1,800 acres of parkland to explore with lakes, woodland and arable fields to enjoy. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Italianate garden which is the oldest of its kind in England. Here you'll also find the 18th century Italian Rotunda, built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his collection of Italian art and sculpture.
The route below is devised for walkers but much of the park is also great for cycling, with bike hire available from the Ickworth hotel. Please click here for more information. Also of interest is the Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds cycle route which runs along NCN route 51 and passes close to Ickworth Park.
Kentwell Hall Long Melford3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful grounds of this 16th century stately home in Long Melford, Suffolk. There is much to explore including the lovely Walled Garden with Herb Garden, Potager and fruit trees. There are also moats with two original bridges, a Wildlife Pond, a Ha-Ha and woodland with Ancient Yews & Cedars. You can also stroll up the three quarter mile long avenue of ancient lime trees with the hall at the far end making a wonderful backdrop.
The site includes a rare breed farm with Tamworth pigs, Bagot Goats and Poitou Donkeys. You can also tour the house with its grand rooms and furniture.
Melford Hall is very close and is a good option if you would like to continue your walk.
Knettishall Heath Country Park4 miles (6 km)This delightful open space near Thetford is the start point for three of Britain's best long distance walks:- the Icknield Way Path, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, and the Angles Way. At Knettishall you'll find 430 acres of woodland and riverside meadows, as well as large areas of heath. The park has a number of lovely woodland and heathland footpaths with views of the Little Ouse River.
Lakenheath Fen2 miles (3.5 km)Follow the well laid out footpaths around this lovely nature reserve on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The reserve consists of a large area of wetland with reedbeds, grazingmarshes and riverside paths along the River Little Ouse. Lakenheath is a wonderful place for wildlife watching with reed warblers, bitterns and western marsh harriersreal highlights.
There's a car park at the site but you can also catch the train to Lakenheath station which is right next to the reserve.
The Hereward Way long distance footpath runs through the reserve so you can pick this up to extend your walk. The path heads west through New Fen, Joist Fen, Norfolk Fen before turning south to Stallode Wash.
If you head east you will come to Brandon Country Park and Thetford Forest where there are miles of fabulous woodland walking trails to try.
Lark Valley Path13 miles (21 km)Travel through the Lark Valley on this interesting and varied walk from Mildenhall to Bury St Edmunds.
The path starts at Mildenhall and soon joins the river Lark, following it through the Cavenham Heath Nature Reserve to Icklingham. You continue through the delightful West Stow Country Park with its lakes, wildfowl reserve and interesting reconstructed Anglo saxon village.
The final section continues along the river through Culford to Bury St Edmunds where you finish by the train station.
Little Ouse Path10 miles (16 km)Follow the Little Ouse River on this delightful, gentle walk through Thetford Forest. The walk starts in Thetford mainly following the river towpath through Santon Downham to Brandon. At Brandon you'll find the super Brandon Country Park. Here you will find beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre.
Melford Hall2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a walk around the beautiful grounds of Melford Hall in Suffolk. The hall has been the family home of the Hyde Parker family since the 1780s. Cousins to Beatrix Potter she regularly visited the hall and some of her sketches and watercolours can be viewed inside. There are also several grand rooms to explore with collections of naval paintings, Tudor portraits and Chinese porcelain. In the grounds there are beautiful landscaped gardens, a croquet lawn and the impressive 15th-century Holy Trinity church.
Kentwell Hall is very close by so is a good option if you would like to extend your outing.
Mid Suffolk Footpath20 miles (32 km)This footpath runs from Hoxne to Stowmarket through the Suffolk countryside. The route passes Eye, Thorndon and Mendlesham before finishing just outside Stowmarket.
Highlights on the path are the town of Eye with its ruined castle, and waterside sections along the Rivers Dove and Gipping.
Minsmere Nature Reserve4 miles (6 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk around this lovely coastal nature reserve near Leiston. Easy walking trails take you through woodland,reed bed,lowland heath, wet grassland andshinglevegetation. The reserve attracts a wide variety of birdlife and is considered one of the best sites in the country for birdwatching. Look out for Avocet, Bittern and Marsh Harriers. Other wildlife in the reserve includes Exmoor Ponies and Konikhorses. You may even catch a glimpse of an otter if you are lucky!
The Suffolk Coast Path runs past the site so you could pick this up and continue your walk along the coast. If you head north along the path you will soon come to Dunwich Forest and then Westwood Marshes and Walberswick Nature Reserve where there are more excellent birdwatching opportunities.
Just to the north you'll find the lovely National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. There's miles of footpaths through beautiful purple heathland and coastal views along the pretty Dunwich beach.
Nowton Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 200 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside landscaped in a beautiful Victorian style in this country park in Bury St Edmunds. There are well maintained footpaths taking you around the park while there are also good facilities with a visitor centre and cafe. The park is located just over a mile to the south of Bury St Edmunds town centre. The Bury to Clare Walk runs just past the park so there is scope for continuing your walk if you have time.
Orwell Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy fabulous views of the River Orwell in this delightful country park in Ipswich. There are woodland walks and riverside footpaths to enjoy in over 200 acres of parkland. The Stour and Orwell Walk also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the river.
Rendlesham Forest5 miles (8 km)Rendlesham Forest is probably most famous for reported UFO sightings in 1980 but it is also a great place for cycling and walking. Cyclists can enjoy two easy, family cycle routes on flat well defined paths and quiet country lanes. For walkers there are also two way-marked trails of differing lengths. Both are an easy stroll suitable for all abilties. There is also a UFO trail which takes you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980.
The circular route below starts at the car park/visitor centre and takes you through forest on trails and quiet roads. The route is suitable for cyclists and walkers but the latter could take the woodland paths adjacent to the section along the road.
The forest also has a bike park with two challenging one-way rides. This is located near the car park.
Rendlesham is located just a few miles east of Woodbridge.
Sandlings Walk55 miles (88 km)A walk through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Southwold to Ipswich via Woodbridge.
The walk begins on the coast at Southwold before passing through the countryside and a series of forests. Long, peaceful wooded sections through Dunwich Forest, Tunstall Forest and Rendlesham Forest are major highlights of the walk. At Leiston you'll pass the delightful Minsmere Nature Reserve - one of the UK's premier birdwatching sites. There is also a pleasant waterside section along the River Deben in Woodbridge and views of the River Alde to enjoy.
Shotley Peninsula10 miles (16 km)Starting from Shotley, this walk takes you along the banks of the Stour, with good views of Harwich. Cutting back across rolling farmland to Chelmondiston, you then follow the Orwell downstream, opposite Levington, before cutting back up to Shotley.
A nice combination of countryside and riverside walking, with opportunities for pub stops on the way, the most notable being at Pin Mill.
St Edmund Way79 miles (127 km)A walk through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk from Manningtree to Brandon.
The walk begins in Essex at Manningtree rail station and heads through Dedham, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford before finishing at Brandon.
You begin with a pleasant waterside stretch from Manningtree to Sudbury along the River Stour, passing Dedham on the way. Also of note is The 16th century Willy Lott's Cottage - scene of the famous Hay Wain painting by John Constable.The path continues to Bury St Edmunds passing the National Trust owned Melford Hall stately home, Kentwell Hall and the village of Lavenham as you go.
The next stage runs from Bury St Edmunds to Thetford, following the River Lark before a wooded section through King's Forest and West Stow Country Park. At Thetford you will pass the ruined priory and join the Little Ouse River, which you follow through Thetford Forest to the finish point at Brandon.
Stour and Orwell Walk41 miles (66 km)Follow the Rivers Orwell and the Stour on this walk through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The walk begins on the Sussex Coast at Felixstowe and soon turns north along the River Orwell for a waterside stretch towards Ipswich, passing the riverside Orwell Country Park on the way. You then turn south along the western side of the Orwell towards Shotley Gate where you join the River Stour for the final stretch to Cattawade.
Stour Valley Path60 miles (96 km)Follow the River Stour from Newmarket to Cattawade on this delightful walk through East Anglia. The walk passes through a series of pretty riverside towns and villages including Little Thurlow, Kedlington, Clare and the Clare Castle Country Park, Long Melford (with Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall), Sudbury, Nayland and Dedham. You will also pass through the Dedham Vale AONB, an area which inspired much of the work of painter John Constable.
Suffolk Coast Path52 miles (83 km)A walk along the beautiful Suffolk coast from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. The walk passes through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers 150 square miles in East Anglia and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, shingle beaches and historic towns and villages. You will pass through Bawdsey, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, North Warren, Thorpeness, Minsmere, Dunwich Forest, Southwold and Kessingland.
Highlights on the route include the section around Leiston where you will pass the delightful Minsmere Nature Reserve - one of the UK's premier birdwatching sites. This section also takes you through the peaceful Dunwich Forest, the Walberswick Nature Reserve and the lovely National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. There's miles of footpaths through beautiful purple heathland and coastal views along the pretty Dunwich beach on this section.
Thetford Forest4 miles (7 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest in Suffolk.
Cyclists will find 4 way-marked trails of varying distance and difficulty. The Shepherd Trail is a nice easy ride on well defined paths, suitable for families. Experienced mountain bikers can try the exciting Beater trail which takes you through beautiful beech woods on a single track.
Walkers can enjoy a number of way-marked walks such as the lovely Nature Trail. This walk features a viewing hide where you can look out for the wildlife in the forest. This includes four types of deer and countless varieities of birds and butterflies.
The circular route below starts at the visitor centre and follows cycling and walking tracks around the centre of the forest.
If you would like to continue your excercise you could head to the nearby Brandon Country Park. Here you will find beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre.
The super Little Ouse Path walking route also runs through the forest. Head a few miles north towards Lynford and you will find the delightful Lynford Arboretum with its peaceful, woodland walking trails.
West Stow Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy waterside walks alongside a number of pretty lakes and the River Lark in this splendid country park near Bury St Edmunds. The park contains a number of nature trails through heathland and woodland and the fascinating West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. There is also a wildfowl reserve with a number of bird hides.
The park is located a few miles north west of Bury St Edmunds. It is situated on the Lark Valley Path so you could continue your walk along the river if you have time.

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