4.6 of 5 (12 votes)

Westleton to Dunwich

A moderate walk (coast) in Suffolk, England, about 15.93km (9.90 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 42m (137ft)
Loss 42m (137ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Elevation (total) 84m (274ft)
Start & End
Distance 15.93km
Duration ~4:45
Created by janem on 09 Aug 2011
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.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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Take the bus to Westleton and walt down Dunwich Road.
Westleton Heath About 1.35 km (~0.84 miles) from
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Take the bridle way through the woods to Sandy Lane Farm
Sandy Land Fram About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Stay on the bridle way to Dunwich
bridge farm About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
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Go past the Nursery and take the path heading north past Dunwich Forest on your left
Dungle Great Hill About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
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Follow the path through the reeds towards the beach
Beach coast About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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Walk along the beach towards Dunwich (Shingle)
Dunwich About 2.34 km (~1.45 miles) from
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Walk into the town. Stop for a drink in the cafe or pub.
Friary ruins About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
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Chack out the Friary ruins on your way to Dunwich Heath
Suffolk coastal Path About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
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Follow the suffolk coastal path to Dunwich heath
Dunwich Heath About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
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explore the paths and beautiful heather and plants on the heath
Visitors Centre About 1.27 km (~0.79 miles) from
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National trust visitors centre.
Dunwich Heath About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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Walk west through the heath towards Scottshall Coverts
Mill Road About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
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Follow Mill Road towards Westleton
westleton About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
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Finish at Westleton for the bus home

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