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Southwold Coast and Heaths Path Circular

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Southwold Coast and Heaths Path Circular is a 19.5 kilometer loop trail located near Southwold, Suffolk, England and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 19.5 km Elevation Gain: 191 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


historic site

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.

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