The East Suffolk Lines pass through some of East Anglia’s most picturesque countryside. Gently rolling hills and valleys, historic market towns, quaint villages, undisturbed ancient woodlands, tidal estuaries, and coastal heath-land are all part of the landscape. For those keen on exploring these unspoilt areas of East Suffolk there are twenty-two way-marked walks covering 160 miles that take you places you can only see on foot.
The Community Rail Partnership holds Guided Walks along these routes which are free. See our Guided Walks page for more information.
Most of the walks are station-to-station between connecting Lowestoft, Ipswich and Felixstowe; you can easily take one or more of the walks and take the train back, and vice versa. There are a few circular routes with four of the walks starting at the rail station with a return trip possible by bus.
- Deben & Coast – Trimley station to Felixstowe station – 6 to 10 miles (several alternative routes). At key point 5: For a shorter route to the beach and rail station continue along bridleway. Alternatively, branch left along footpath bordering hedge
- Orwell and Trimley Marshes – Trimley station circular via the marshes – 6 miles
- Orwell Vistas – Trimley Station to Derby Road Station – 14 miles
- Ipswich Parks and Waterfront – Derby Road station to Ipswich station or Westerfield station – 2.5 miles
- Fonnereau Way – Ipswich station to Westerfield station – 3.5 miles Note: Part of this route in the vicinity of Westerfield station is to be incorporated as a green corridor within the new Ipswich Garden Suburb; there may be temporary diversions during the construction phase, including an absence of way markers
- Westerfield Circular – from the station – 2.5, 7.0, and 8.5 miles
- Fynn Valley – Westerfield station to Woodbridge station – 10.0 miles
- Tide Mill – Woodbridge station to Melton station – 1.5 miles
- Sutton Hoo Circular – Melton station to Sutton Hoo via Bromeswell – 5.5 miles
- Deben Valley – Melton station to Wickham Market station – 5.75 miles
- Framlingham – Wickham Market station to Framlingham – 7.2 miles
- Alde Valley – Wickham Market station to Saxmundham station – 10.5 miles (via Snape Maltings 13.5 miles)
- Sailors’ Path to the Coast at Aldeburgh – Saxmundham station to Aldeburgh – 9.5 miles
- Garden of Suffolk – Saxmundham station to Darsham station – 6.25 miles
- Yox & Blyth Valleys – Darsham station to Halesworth station – 9 miles Note: At key point 13, about 30 yards beyond gate at the entrance to a large meadow, follow a path branching right through hedge gap. Grid reference TM 40746 75578
- Halesworth to Blythburgh and Southwold Halesworth station to Southwold – 10.0, 11.0, and 12.75 miles Note: Due to on-going problems with the riverside paths between Bulcamp Bridge (KP5) and Blythburgh Bridge (A12) the rights of way along both north and south banks of the river are OFFICIALLY CLOSED and should not be attempted. East Suffolk Line walkers are advised to follow an alternative route using paths via Low Farm, Laurel Farm and Wenhaston Lane as shown on OS Explorer Map 231 Southwold and Bungay. Between key points 9 and 10, the Bailey foot and cycle bridge over the River Blyth is closed for repairs until Autumn 2021; the alternative route is the on-demand Walberswick to Southwold Ferry. Call 01502 724729 to book and check running times. It may be necessary to allow extra time for the walk.
- Wolfpack – Halesworth station to Brampton station – 5 miles
- Brampton Circular – from the station – 7.5 miles
- A Walk in Adrian Bell Country – Brampton station to Beccles station – 6.75 miles
- Angles Way from Beccles – Beccles station to Oulton Broad South station – 9.5 miles
- Bungay and the Angles Way – Bungay to Beccles station – 7.5 to 8 miles
- Easterling – Oulton Broad South station to Lowestoft station – 4 miles
Our team have way marked the walks with the round East Suffolk Lines logo. They are designed to help you navigate but they shouldn’t be relied upon solely; it’s advised to consult our walks booklet and a map to become familiar with the route. There are times when posts containing our way markers become damaged or are knocked over; we report missing/damaged posts to Suffolk County Council who are responsible for their upkeep.
If you encounter missing or damaged way markers please contact us
East Suffolk Lines Walks Booklet
A companion walks booklet contains detailed maps and diagrams of all twenty-two walks, the time you can expect to complete each route, landmarks, the scenery along the way and places to stop for refreshments.
A new edition of the booklet was printed in June 2018 and is available from Suffolk libraries.
Online Versions of the Booklet
For more information on walking and rambling across Suffolk, see the Discover Suffolk website, the county’s official guide to the countryside. The Ramblers Association has information on walking routes across the county and across the country.
For longer routes the Long Distance Walkers Association brings together people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas.