For the third year running the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership will be holding a festive guided walk during Christmastime.
Deben Estuary Circular
The walk this year takes place Saturday 28 December; it features a circular route starting at Woodbridge Station which will meander near the River Deben as it transforms from a wide navigable waterway to a mere shadow of its former self upstream.
Ramblers will have four options varying from between 3 and 6.5 miles as after leaving Woodbridge at 10:40 there will be a short stop at Melton where others can join in at 11:15. The route then proceeds north to the quiet village of Ufford with its stunning church. At Ufford there will be a :20 to :25 minute break at the White Lion for a drink/snack – then back over the Deben via Bromeswell and Wilford Bridge with a optional finish at Melton Station, otherwise it’s on to Leek Hill Woods and Woodbridge where there are plenty of places for food and drink.
The full circular route from Woodbridge is 6.5 miles but it can shortened to 4.5 miles by ending at Melton Station on the way back. Those joining at Melton have a choice of a 3 mile circular or if choosing to finish at Woodbridge the walk will be 5 miles.
Saturday 28 December 10.40am
Woodbridge Station (Deben Estuary Circular)
4.5 to 6.5 miles
9.07 train from Lowestoft, 9:28 from Felixstowe; 10:17 from Ipswich
3 and 5 mile options from Melton Station @ 11.15am if using the 10.07 train from Lowestoft
Led by Maureen Colledge and David Bays
Depending on which option you choose please buy the appropriate rail ticket; trains leave hourly in both directions from Melton and Woodbridge.
Melton – :13 past to Ipswich and :36 past to Lowestoft
Woodbridge – :18 past to Ipswich and :32 past to Lowestoft
Walk is Free – No Need to Book – Dogs Welcome
There’s no need to book; our walks are free and dogs on leads are welcome. Stout footwear is essential. Those taking part do so at there own risk as insurance is not provided.
Free Walks Booklet for those who attend
Those attending the walk will be given a copy of our 60 page walks booklet. The walks are featured in the latest edition of the East Suffolk Lines Walks booklet which has details on 160 miles of way-marked walking routes, most of which connect rail stations between Felixstowe, Ipswich and Lowestoft.
Guided walks are held throughout the year and anyone can sign up for email notifications of future walks by visiting our sign up page.
- FREE – NO NEED TO BOOK – Just show up
- Stout footwear essential, trousers recommended, waterproofs if wet.
- Bring water/snacks/food for stops along the way
- Dogs on leads welcome!
- Check train information before setting out: nationalrail.co.uk or 03457 48 49 50.
- No insurance cover – come at own risk.