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Stour & Orwell Walk


The walk is an extension west from Felixstowe to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path and follows the coast and heaths along the estuaries of the Orwell and the Stour, going around the Shotley peninsula to Cattawade, providing links with the Essex Way (at Manningtree) and the Stour Valley Path (East Anglia) (at Cattawade).  A circuit is also available around Felixstowe, linking via Felixstowe Ferry with the Suffolk Coast Path - 67 km / 42 miles

Felixstowe to Trimley St Martin (Inland Circuit)

Wednesday 6 August 2008 - 5.5 Miles


Basically a continuation of the same days walk, but just across the river from Harwich, as water is a bit difficult to walk on (at the moment!)

A little bit dull through the sprawling port and access roads, then more rural through Trimley Marshes, then inland to Trimley.

Continuing onto Trimley after coming across from Harwich on the seasonal ferry

Landguard Fort originally built for Henry the Eighth, adjacent to ferry landing.  More details

Dock cranes from Trimley marshes

Trimley marshes

Trimley St Martin to Felixstowe (Inland Circuit)

Thursday 7 August 2008 - 6.5 Miles


A pleasant short walk, after the previous day - with the bonus of the company of my Mum!  This time carrying on via Felixstowe Ferry to Felixstowe Town, completing the circuit (clockwise).  Nice rest at FF, watching the Bawdsey Ferry come and go and people catching Crabs (!!)  Train back from FT to Trimley St Mary (Mumz gaff)

Chilling at Felixstowe Ferry with Mum...

The Ferry at...Felixstowe Ferry!

One of the Felixstowe Ferry Martello Towers

Trimley St Martin to Ipswich

Monday 11 August 2008 -  9 Miles


Nice!  Along the marshes through to Levington and Nacton, then into suburbia on the fringes of Ipswich, back to the Orwell shore, under the bridge, through a green corridor into parks and to the station via the quay and river Gipping

Loompit Lake, near Trimley

A last look back towards Felixstowe

The Orwell bridge from the shore, approaching the outskirts of Ipswich.  It carries the A14 trunk road between the M1 and Felixstowe docks

The quay/dock area in Ipswich, getting a makeover


Cattawade to Shotley

Wednesday 29 October 2008 - 11 Miles


Yes!  Back in Suffolk - great walking along the north bank of the River Stour along the Shotley peninsula.  Meant to get to Shotley Gate, but had to hit the roads a bit short as it was getting dark.

By the Stour - Near Cattawade

Some Geese here were really unfriendly - very dark coloured with red beaks at Stutton Mill - I think they wanted my pastie!  

A little boat on a beautiful Autumn day..

Royal Hospital School, Holbrook

Lower Holbrook.  Then as the light started to fade, went into root march mode...


Ipswich to Shotley

Monday 3 November 2008


Last walk of my latest Suffolk/Norfolk excursion - did this on the way back to Hastings.  A dull walk out of Ipswich along the Wherstead Road and a bit of dicing with death on the Shotley Road, but then more interesting under the Orwell Bridge, onto the Shotley Peninsula - with a slight detour inland via Woolverstone, then back to the shore of the Orwell, by Pin Mill, Chelmondiston, and along the river to Shotley Gate.  Had some (damp) skoff, then walked up to Shotley for a bus back to Ipswich, thence to Hastings.

The Quay at Ipswich, being 'yuppyfied'

The Orwell Bridge, from the south bank

I remember walking across it in 1983


Cranes of Felixstowe in the mist

A bit clearer - You can look towards Felixstowe or...

look south towards Harwich from Shotley Gate  Nearly job done.

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