Best trails in Southwold, Suffolk

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Looking for a great trail near Southwold, Suffolk? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in The Broads National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Tunstall Forest or Rendlesham Forest. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Southwold ranging from 3.1 to 12.1 miles and from 3 to 127 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Southwold, Suffolk
Top trails (6)
#1 - Southwold to Walberswick via Marshes
Southwold, Suffolk, England
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
This walk starts anywhere along the sea front in Southwold, up through the harbour and then around the Walberswick village across the nature reserve and through the extensive reedbeds that divide Walberswick village from the sea. The route is more or less flat but has much of interest all the way - the busy harbour, Walberswick nature reserve, woodland, reedbeds, Walberswick village and of course Southwold. The start and end point for this walk is the corner of East Street in Southwold, which just happens to be adjacent to the Lord Nelson pub. Just the place to finish this walk! Parts of this route can get quite muddy, particularly around and through the reedbeds although alternative paths do exist if very wet. Whilst heavy walking boots are not always necessary, do ensure you have good grip and something that will cope with puddles.The reedbeds can also be fairly overgrown in part. You may come across grazing sheep in Walberswick nature reserve so please take particular care with dogs. Show more
#2 - Southwold Circular via Buss Creek and Marsh
Southwold, Suffolk, England
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
A walk that takes you completely around the Suffolk coastal town of Southwold to walk through the reedbeds, marshland and the harbour then back to the pubs in the town for a well earned and refreshing brew! Southwold is well known as an idyllic and unspoilt small town on the Suffolk coast. It is home to the Adnams brewery, some fishing and tourism. From Easter all the way through to the following autumn Southwold is full of tourists, some visiting for the day or those staying in one of the many cottages available for rental. Its not exclusively visitors though although house prices have escalated enormously given the demand from those buying second or holiday homes. That said, Southwold retains much of its timeless qualities and peaceful air. It makes a very pleasant place to stay for a day or a week and a good base to explore some of the beautiful Suffolk and coastal landscape nearby.Show more
#3 - Walbersick to Blythborough Loop
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
#4 - Southwold Coast and Heaths Path Circular
Southwold, Suffolk, England
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
This route from Southwold to Dunwich follows the Suffolk Coast and Heaths path for much of its length. It's an easy walk with no gradients to speak of and easy navigation. It follows a route round Walberswick from Southwold, through the Nature Reserve and out onto marshland and reedbeds before following the line between woodland and marshes to get to Dunwich. Dunwich is now a mere shadow of its former self. It was once a landing spot for Scandinavian raiders, it became an important port in medieval times and there were lots of fishing and military boats. It became a significant sized port with town to match. However, in common with much of this coast it was subject to erosion and this is precisely what has happened to Dunwich. Most of the medieval town has simply been washed away - what is left is much more modern and not surprisingly built further back from the coast. The cliffs between Dunwich and Dunwich Heath are still regularly being eroded away. The museum in Dunwich is well worth visiting to see a model of the twon as it might have been.Show more
#5 - Southwold Harbour
Southwold, Suffolk, England
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
A walk that should be taken in the early morning just after sunrise or just before sunset to witness the beautiful light in this part of Suffolk. This walk runs from the town centre, along the harbour road and round marshland to return to Southwold where a fine pint of Adnams should be compulsory refreshment and reward. This is an easy walk on flat ground and takes an hour or so depending on how long you watch the harbour, look at the sunset or of course how long you spend in the pub! Southwold has always been a popular seaside town for writers and artists or just to relax. The local brewery, Adnams, is still in the town and some fishing still goes on, but tourism is by far the largest contributor to the local economy. It has also become more popular in the last decade or so and in consequence prices have risen ; the house prices are now very high and so many of the houses are now holiday cottages. There's art, music, drama, literature, good food and wine, almost everything that a holiday needs! But there are also some excellent walks along the coats and into the marshland nearby. Once you have left the town the noise starts to disappear and quiet becomes the norm; there are many wonderful paths around and a walk is a welcome break from the busy town. This walk starts in the town and along the seafront where you can see the pier and the much photographed and now iconic beachhuts. Then along the beach to the Harbour (still used by fishing boats), briefly touching the marshes and then back through the town. The Suffolk marshes are a haven for wildlife and many birds feed in the area. It is important not to disturb them - be aware that you may see and find many birds during this walk. Please take great care not to disturb and, if necessary, take a detour. The light at sunrise or sunset at this part of the coast takes on a unique character and walking at that time of day makes this walk so much more special. You will see why artists love this light.Show more
#6 - Benacre Broad and Beach Walk
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m