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Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Walk
Church End & Erwarton from Shotley Gate

Region - Suffolk Coasts and Heaths

County/Area - Suffolk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference TM245336
Lat 51.955544 // Long 1.265869
Postcode IP9 1PZ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Church End & Erwarton from Shotley Gate
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This Suffolk walk starts from Shotley Gate at the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers. The route offers and interesting insight into the operation of the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich together with a lengthy section of the Stour and Orwell Walk. The route also ventures inland to Church End and passes Erwarton Hall.

The start is the seafront in Shotley Gate (grid ref. TM245336) or as near as you get if parking is problematic. At Shotley Pier face the sea and turn left passing a Martello Tower on your left, Continue past the marina keeping to the shoreline of the River Orwell. With Shotley Marshes on your left walk north ignoring the footpath on the left to Over Hall. Continue north to the next junction at Crane's Hill (grid ref. TM245360) where you leave the Stour and Orwell Walk and head inland along a track.

Reaching a junction of tracks, go left towards the church at Church End. At the crossroads in the centre of the village go straight ahead down a minor road (Shotley Walk) to reach Shotley Hall. Turn left down a track opposite the Hall to take the first footpath on the right. Initially the field boundary is on your left but the path switches to the other side of the boundary and continues to a road (B1456).

Bear left along the road to a junction. Cross the road and take the minor road (Erwarton Walk) to a T-junction close to Erwarton Hall. Turn left and then immediately after Erwarton Hall Farm turn right down a track. You are now on another section of the Stour and Orwell Walk. Continue passing a reservoir on your right to reach a junction of tracks. The Stour and Orwell Walk goes left here. You turn right and right again (grid ref. TM224347) following a track down to the River Stour near Waterhouse Creek. Turn left along the shoreline path and continue past Rose Farm Cottages. The path leads back to the pier at Shotley Gate.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2017 Pin Mill to Shotley Gate - easy - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 1639 Erwarton, Church End & River Orwell from Pin Mill - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 3642 Shotley Gate & Ewarton from Chelmondiston - moderate - 10.6 miles/17.2 km

Walk 3267 Ramsholt, River Deben and Shottisham Circular - easy/mod - 9.2 miles/15 km

Walk 3658 Manningtree, Flatford Mill and Dedham - easy/mod - 7.1 miles/11.5 km

Walk 3660 Stour Valley & Dedham from Flatford Mill - easy - 3.5 miles/5.7 km

Walk 2428 The Rivers Ore & Alde from Orford - easy/mod - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 3556 Arlesford Creek from Brightlingsea - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 3724 River Box from Stoke-by-Nayland - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1529 Thorpeness from Aldeburgh - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

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