Southwold to Walberswick via Marshes

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Southwold, Suffolk, England

Southwold to Walberswick via Marshes is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Southwold, Suffolk, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length7.4 miElevation gain577 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeRiverpub-walk
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Getting There

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.

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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Pooks Together
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Hiking

A perfect trail along different terrain. Some of which is slightly muddy when wet but one of our favourites. A couple of nice coffee options en route having started with chips from Mark’s in Southwold.

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John Stafford
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Toby B
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James Theobald
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Hiking

Lovely walk through the harbour and the marshes and woods

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Lili B
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The walk itself was great. Lots of variety. However parking in Southwold is a nightmare unless you start really early in the day. We ended up driving to Walberswick and starting from there instead. There is a ferry you can take which will cut out some of the route.

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James Hardy
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Benjamin Atkinson
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Benjamin Atkinson
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Benjamin Atkinson
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Katie Watson
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