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Top 5 autumn walking weekend breaks in Suffolk
Autumn is a great time to escape to Suffolk, not least because of the abundance of local produce on offer. It's a time when the Suffolk countryside comes into its own, bursting with colour across dramatic landscapes, ready for eager walkers to experience crisp, brisk walks, followed by a stint in one of the county's many rural boltholes.
Here we combine some of the most tried and tested routes along some of the 3,500 miles of footpaths in Suffolk with a cosy hideaway to relax in after a long day's walking. Just because you deserve it!
Walking holidays in Suffolk UK

1. Orford

 

Orford is a dreamy village within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. Rows of red brick cottages line the streets towards the quay which faces a mysterious stretch of shingle, better known as Orford Ness; islands and creeks, including the RSPB Reserve at Havergate Island. Don't miss the dramatic Norman Castle or tasty treats emanating from Pump Street Bakery back in Orford.

 
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Orford Village and the Pump Street Bakery

2. Snape and Aldeburgh

 

The Sailors’ Path follows a beautiful route between Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh, named because sailors once trod that very path. The route starts at the impressive Snape Maltings with its homeware shop, galleries, café, vintage buys and the Britten inspired Aldeburgh Music. Head out along the River Alde past reedbeds and wetlands, engaging in a bit of nature spotting along the way. Continue through the Snape Warren Nature Reserve and you’ll end up at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast with its great sense of place, coloured houses and famous fish and chips!

 

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The Sailors' Path walking route

3. Southwold

 

Southwold is a quintessential seaside town on the Suffolk Coast, with a lively high-street offering a unique shopping experience and fabulous cafés, bakers, fish bars and delis - purchase tasty bites to whizz down to the beach with. It’s the only seaside town in Suffolk to have a pier – and an interesting one at that. The ‘Under the Pier Show’ offers an unusual and rather quirky arcade game experience, and along its lengthy promenade, you’ll find it impossible to ignore the delicious smells emanating from many a café and restaurant. The walk will take you past the Pier, the Lighthouse (a feature in CBeebies Grandpa in My Pocket), interesting architecture, marshes and Southwold Harbour where the River Blyth flows out to sea past colourful boats and black painted sheds, ending up at Gunhill Cliff.

 

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Southwold

4. The Wool Towns of Suffolk


The Stour Valley Path runs between the Suffolk ‘Wool Towns’ of Clare, Long Melford and Cavendish, with views of church towers, thatched cottages, stately homes turned visitor attractions including National Trust Melford Hall with its connections to Beatrix Potter and Kentwell Hall with its historical re-enactments. 

 

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Long Melford in the Suffolk Wool Towns

5. The Box Valley in the Stour


The Box Valley is perhaps the most picturesque of the tributary streams that flow into the Stour. The three circular walks introduce you to beautiful undulating scenery and a great variety of natural habitat, with many excellent viewpoints across quiet, unspoiled countryside. The villages of Stoke-by-Nayland, Boxford and Polstead are among the most attractive in Suffolk. Stoke-by-Nayland is a good place to start and end these walks and the Stour Valley Path runs through the village.

 

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Aerial view of Stoke by Nayland

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