Suffolk Gentle Heritage Coast Walk - Tour CG7
Price per person
Designed for walking friends who fancy a more leisurely pace, this tour follows the same captivating route as Tour C4, but divides the Southwold to Aldeburgh, Aldeburgh to Orford and Orford to Felixstowe Ferry stretches each into 2 days sections. Travelling between 6-9 miles a day, you’ll be assured of a relaxing holiday along the most peaceful of coastal paths.
For your accommodation we’ve especially selected comfortable properties in convenient locations.
Please note: the price of this tour includes:
- A total of 5 taxi transfers.
Day One – Arrive & Explore
Arrive at your hotel in Southwold (by car or train and taxi) in time for lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the rows of pantiled cottages and broad greens of the town. Or you can follow the beach path up to Covehithe where the melancholic ruins of an enormous church face out to the sea and a roadway ends abrubtly on the cliff top.
Mileage: Min 0 Max 9 Overnight: Southwold
Day Two – Heading for the heathers
Walking down to Southwold Harbour, you’ll cross the River Blyth (by small ferry in summer) and head through reedbeds to Dunwich, once the capital of East Anglia, now lost under the waves. Across the heather clad Dunwich Heath you reach the RSPB reserve at Minsmere and then hugging the coast you come to Sizewell.
Mileage: Min 7 Max 7 Overnight: Dunwich
Day Three – Marsh harriers & a house in the clouds
Setting off southwards, along the cliffs is Thorpeness, a complete holiday village built in 1910, bordering a manmade pleasure lake. The House is the Clouds is the quirky landmark here. The last stretch takes you along the beach path past the famous Scallop sculpture to the elegant resort of Aldeburgh where you’ll spend the night.
Mileage: Min 8 Max 8 Overnight: Aldeburgh
Day Four – Britten’s inspiration
Following the River Alde inland you take the gentle route to Snape, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. From the path you can fully appreciate the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings. At Snape you can relax in the pub or tea-rooms, explore the galleries and antique shops or take a boat trip on the upper reaches of the Alde. Taxi transfer back to Aldeburgh for the night.
Mileage: Min 0 Max 6.5 Overnight: Aldeburgh
Day Five – From creeks to castles
After the taxi returns you to Snape, you have a choice of routes. The first takes you inland through Tunstall Forest. The longer alternative follows the River Alde as it flows along the coast, just separated from the sea by the narrow shingle spit of Orford Ness. Both routes lead to the now sleepy Elizabethan port of Orford, with its impressive castle and quaint quayside, where you spend the night.
Mileage: Min 7.5 Max 11 Overnight: Orford
Day Six – Tales of the river bank
From Orford you can choose to either walk inland or, subject to availability, take the Butley Ferry, the smallest licensed ferry in Europe. The paths meet and continue along the peaceful banks of the River Ore to Shingle Street, a quiet and beautiful spot where the river finally reaches the sea. Taxi transfer back to Orford for the night.
Mileage: Min 7.5 Max 11.5 Overnight: Orford
Day Seven – Martello towers & more
Walking along the sea wall passing Martello Towers and World War II gun emplacements you reach the crumbling cliffs at Bawdsey, before taking the ferry across the River Deben to the little fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry for your taxi transfer back to Southwold or a Railway Station.
Mileage: Min 4.5 Max 4.5