Westleton to Dunwich

Submitted by janem on 09 August 2011
OS Explorer Maps: 231 - Southwold & Bungay212 - Woodbridge & Saxmundham
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A circular, half-day coast walk in England starting at Westleton, Suffolk, about 16km (roughly 10 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.

This is a pleasant walk on the Suffolk coast. Starting from Westleton, you head along a path overlooking the marshes before cutting through them to the beach. A stroll along the shingle takes you to Dunwich. It's an interesting place; what was once a thriving port city in ancient times is now a few houses and a pub. Much of the town fell into the sea as the coastline retreated due to erosion. The final stretch takes you through the beautiful Dunwich Heath, a haven for wildlife and stunning in summer and autumn when the purple heather and yellow gorse are in bloom.

Start: Westleton, OS Grid: TM441689 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 85m (278ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 169m (554ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 84m (276ft)
Max. Elevation: 30m (98ft)

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OS Grid: TM441689
Take the bus to Westleton and walt down Dunwich Road.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TM454695
Take the bridle way through the woods to Sandy Lane Farm
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TM466702
Stay on the bridle way to Dunwich
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TM474706
Go past the Nursery and take the path heading north past Dunwich Forest on your left
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TM484730
Follow the path through the reeds towards the beach
OS Grid: TM488729
Walk along the beach towards Dunwich (Shingle)
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TM479707
Walk into the town. Stop for a drink in the cafe or pub.
OS Grid: TM478704
Chack out the Friary ruins on your way to Dunwich Heath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: TM472699
Follow the suffolk coastal path to Dunwich heath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: TM469689
explore the paths and beautiful heather and plants on the heath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 10 OS Grid: TM475678
National trust visitors centre.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 11 OS Grid: TM469680
Walk west through the heath towards Scottshall Coverts
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 12 OS Grid: TM455679
Follow Mill Road towards Westleton
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 13 OS Grid: TM443688
Finish at Westleton for the bus home
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