8 winter walks in Suffolk you need to try
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We’ve provided 8 winter-friendly routes for you to choose from
Blow away the cobwebs this winter with a stroll around a pretty Suffolk village or a bracing walk along the coast. We’ve provided 8 routes for you to choose from, and because no walk could be complete without them, we’ve included some cosy pubs and cafés to check into on the way.
1. Snape to Iken
For a short but challenging ramble, start at Snape Maltings and stroll along the side of the River Alde until you reach the thatched roof of the beautiful St Boltoph church in Iken. Make sure you’ve got a pair of wellies at the ready as this path gets muddy in the winter, but trust us when we say that the views are well worth getting dirty for.
Don’t miss: Grab a pint at the cosy Plough and Sail pub – dogs are welcome in the bar here. If you’re planning on eating, it is worth calling ahead to book.
Start at Elm’s car park in Framlingham town and follow the ‘town trail’ signs at your feet. Admire the historical buildings, pretty streets and natural beauty – including Framlingham Mere. Be sure to check out Framlingham Castle where you can walk the ancient walls to marvel at magnificent views of the town and beyond.
Don’t miss: Warm up with a coffee at Paddy and Scott’s on Wells Close Square – the Earl-Soham-based coffee aficionados have been roasting beans since 2007 and currently have three cafés in Suffolk, plus more further afield.
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3. East Bergholt
Get in the festive spirit watching the 16th century bells being hand-swung at East Bergholt Church and marvel at the scenery that inspired John Constable’s famous landscapes on this varied five mile rural walk. The circular route starts at the Red Lion and bends around Fishpond Wood and over Fen Bridge to Flatford before heading back towards the start via Clapper Farm – where you can expect to find great views across Dedham Vale.
Don’t miss: Pop into the Red Lion pub before you head home – we’ve heard they do a cracking Sunday lunch.
For the perfect start to a weekend morning start at Hoist Covert Car Park, Lodge Road where little footpaths lead along woodland and meadow margins by Hoist Covert, dropping down onto the boardwalks of Oldtown Marshes and Dunwich River. A choice of tracks trail off more or less into ‘town’ and the historic lanes around mighty St Andrew’s church. After a cut across the Common, there’s the old railway line which carves its way across Robinson’s Marshes to Bailey Bridge and the Blyth. The rowing boat ferry is closed November-April so it’s best to follow the footpath back down the Blythe in winter.
Don’t miss: Head to The Anchor on the walk back for a quick pint with a great view. The pub offers a well kept selection of craft ales, including Adnams draught ale, perfect for thirsty real ale fans.
Begin at the Orford village car park for this rewarding 5.5 mile circular pub walk. The route takes in the tranquil quayside towards Chantry Point and wanders along the river wall before turning back inland towards Orford Castle – built in the 12th century by Henry II, the well-preserved keep provides excellent views of the village and coastline.
Don’t miss: Wander into the village and grab a coffee at Pump Street Bakery - a great place to snuggle up round the communal table for a hot drink. Or if you’re after a traditional pub, then The Jolly Sailor, not far from Orford Quayside, boasts a log fire, locally sourced menu and a selection of Adnams ales.
6. Sudbury Valley Trail
This 3 mile stretch starting from Sudbury town centre is positively teeming with wildlife; there are ditches, pools, streams and water-meadows all just waiting to be explored. Take a meander along the banks of the Stour and linger to admire the incredible brick bridges and wartime defences.
Don’t miss: On a cold winter day you can’t beat curling up by the fire in the Black Boy and tuck into some classic English tavern food, washed down with a glass of one of their traditional ales.
7. Bury St Edmunds
A walk in Bury St Edmunds lets you immerse yourself into the historical wonders of the town and appreciate its uniqueness. The highlight of this walk is the Gothic tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral that appears to float above the rooftops providing stunning photographs from several vantage points. The route also takes you through some of Burys’ backstreets and alleyways and past well-known landmarks such the gardens and ruins of a once great Benedictine Abbey, the Theatre Royal, Greene King brewery and St Mary’s Churchyard.
Don’t miss: The One Bull in Bury St Edmunds understands that not everybody wants the same from their pub. So whether it’s good food and nice pint of ale, or hot cup of fresh coffee, with a newspaper in front of the fire, The One Bull is the place to go.
8. Clare Castle Country Park
Only a two minute walk from the picturesque, historic town centre, Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful and peaceful area perfect for a relaxing walk to get close to nature and learn about Clare’s fascinating history. In short, this walk has it all, a charming town, a pretty park and even the ruins of an ancient castle.
Don’t miss: Make sure to pay a visit to the Swan at Clare for a refreshing glass of ale after your walk. If you’re lucky you might even get a comfy seat by the log fire – what better way to spend a Sunday?