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Martlesham Creek and the River Deben

A leisurely walk (riverside) in Suffolk, England, about 5.10km (3.17 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 31m (101ft)
Descent 34m (111ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 65m (212ft)
Start & End
Distance 5.10km
Duration ~1:30h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 11 Jan 2013
Ignore the footpath marked on the map; it's not possible to walk right along the River Deben in Suffolk. Natural erosion has worn away the path in many places. This route gives you a decent taste of this special estuarine habitat though, and it's easy to reach from Ipswich. Birdwatchers will enjoy the creek and river for their many avian species. If you are bringing the binoculars, expect to take longer than half a day.

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OS Grid TM250472
The bus drops you near the pub in Martlesham. Take the road opposite the pub.
OS Grid TM253470
Just a few metres along the road, a footpath leads off into the woods.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
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Continue along the footpath until you reach the creek, where several boats are moored.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TM264471
Follow the path along the creek - a good place for birdwatching, as many feed in the mud of the creek and the nearby River Deben.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TM270472
At the footpath junction, a sign warns you that the marked footpath has eroded in places - so a through route right along the river is no longer possible. You can go a bit further though to enjoy this special habitat.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid TM274471
The point jutting into the River Deben is about as far as you can go before the gorse blocks the path. Enjoy, then about turn to the junction.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid TM269469
The path, marked as the Martlesham Round, takes you back towards the village.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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The village church is worth a few minutes, it's typical in design of many found in Suffolk. And they have bats too.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid TM257470
A path drops own through the woods to the creek, and you are back on your original route.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TM252471
The Red Lion in Martlesham is decent enough if you have a first on.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from

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Melvyn eke
01 May 2017

Point 10 it is THIRST not first !

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