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Suffolk Walk
Erwarton, Church End & River Orwell from Pin Mill

County/Area - Suffolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 4 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Erwarton, Church End & River Orwell from Pin Mill
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This walk starts on the banks of the River Orwell at Pin Mill where there is a pay and display car park (grid ref. TM205379). The route takes you inland passing Erwarton Hall through Church End to the banks of the Orwell from where you can see Felixstoew Docks. The walk then heads north along the Orwell following the Stout and Orwell Walk.

From the car park walk south along the road towards the centre of Chelmondiston. Take the first footpath on the right. This takes you to the Parish Church and south along Church Street onto the B1456. Cross this road and walk to your right taking the footpath/track on your left. This leads across fields. Where a track comes in from the right keep straight ahead and continue to a T-junction (grid ref TM204368). Go right here and continue to another T-junction where you go left.

Stay on this path to pass Broomfield Covert on your left, turning right towards Crouch House. Go past Crouch House which is on your right and continue ahead, to bear left along Warren Lane (grid ref. TM211359). Continue along Warren Lane until you reach a lane, Erwarton Hall lies just across the road. Bear sharp left here (grid ref. TM223352) to turn north along Erwarton Walk. This leads you to a T-junction with the B1456.

Turn left here, and take the first footpath on the right (grid ref. TM225357). Continue along this path ignoring the path to the left until you reach a T-junction with a track. Turn left here to a lane - Shotley Walk. Turn right along the lane and continue to Church End, where the road turns sharp right (Oldhall Lane at grid ref. TM236360). Keep straight ahead here and continue to a T-junction. Turn right here and continue to the River Orwell.

Turn left onto the Stour and Orwell Walk following the clear path alongside the river (which is on your right). Ignore all footpaths on your left heading inland and continue around the river bank back to the start at Pin Mill. As you get close to Pin Mill you have a choice of routes. Either stay on the Stour and Orwell walk which leads to the road close to the car park or bear right and follow the path along the river.

Other walks nearby

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Walk 3642 Shotley Gate & Ewarton from Chelmondistonmoderate10.6 miles
Walk 1648 Church End & Erwarton from Shotley Gate easy6.0 miles
Walk 3267 Ramsholt, River Deben and Shottisham Circulareasy/mod9.2 miles
Walk 3658 Manningtree, Flatford Mill and Dedhameasy/mod7.1 miles

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