Southwold Harbour is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Southwold, Suffolk, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

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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.

The walk starts from East Street where it meets the sea front. Approximate post code IP18 6EJ. Parking is available in many parts of Southwold but can get very busy, especially at weekends and holiday periods although between autumn and Easter you can almost see tumbleweed blow down the streets. During the rest of the year and if you are early and lucky you may be able to park along the front (North Parade) but otherwise there are car parks near the pier, in Gardner Road or on the Common. If travelling by train the nearest stations are Halesworth or Darsham, each about 10 miles away. There are buses operated by Anglian Coaches from Halesworth station to the Market Place in Southwold. The 601 service runs regularly every day of the week (separate Sunday service, but still runs).

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Carole Welbury
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Lovely walk through harbour, stop for fish and chips if you can

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Darren Pitts
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Justin Jay
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Super windy and raining but amazing waves.

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Justin Jay
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Good easy route, directions spot on.

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Claire S
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Southwold is one of our favourite places in the UK with iconic beach huts. We have been there several times over the last year and walked on a similar route to the one above. Next time we go there we will follow this walk

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John Holt
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Jacqueline Reed
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David North
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