The Sandlings Walk


There is little of the Sandlings landscape left today. In the 1930s it was a vast area of sandy heathland, however since then 80% has been lost and this very special area now makes up only 1% of the world's lowland heath.

The Sandlings Walk is a beautiful and varied route through eastern Suffolk, travelling along riverside paths, through forests and across heathland. On its way between Southwold and Ipswich it passes through bustling towns and quaint villages, with lots of opportunities to stop for a spot of light (or not so light!) refreshment.

The route heads generally inland from Southwold, though it does coincide with the Suffolk Coast Path at several points, providing fantastic opportunities for a number of shorter circular walks.

[Please note: Due to the construction of Sizewell C there is a diversion in place from the beach at Sizewell to Dunwich Heath. Along this section please follow signage for the Suffolk Coast Path. Click here to view a map of the change.]

Sandlings logo of a stylised nightjar on a wooden post, with a bold black arrow

Distance: 59 miles

Waymarker: Nightjar logo

Start: Southwold Common

Finish: Ipswich

Route Overview

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Lapwing on Melton Mudflats
Woodbridge Tide Mill
People walking in Dunwich by Ben Heather
A waymark post showing the Sandlings Walk logo, set by a track through a pine forest
Southwold by Ben Heather
Sutton Heath

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