Southwold - Covehithe - Frostenden Corner - Southwold

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Southwold is deservedly a popular resort, but is also a working harbour on the Suffolk coast. The two distinct areas are the town, with its shops, promenade and lighthouse and about a kilometre away, the riverside businesses and fishing boats. Both are quite charming and worth exploring, but don't linger, as the walk described here is quite lengthy, whichever option is taken. The inland route is 21km, or if following the beach, then 17km.

See the Additional Information section for more on the two options and for a link to the tide tables for Southwold.

England - East England - Suffolk - Coast


Birds, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Mostly Flat, Pub, Sea, Toilets, Woodland
4/15/2016 - Malcolm Watts

Following the comment about beach erosion, the walk as now described has been amended to go anticlockwise from Southwold Pier, so that the beach issue is at the beginning and a decision can easily be made regarding the route to take. An alternate inland route is described, but the beach option remains the walk of choice.

2/28/2016 - Malcolm Watts

Walked 28/02/16 and found that as a result of winter storms, the beach just North of Southwold Pier has altered significantly. It is now only possible to complete the route described by arriving at this point within an hour of low tide and when the sea is not breaking on the beach. There have been cliff falls and sand erosion to the extent that the water now laps the cliff and sea defence rocks most of the time for about 200 m. There is no alternate route at the moment as the land on the cliff is private with no rights of way. This note by the original contributor. Will rewrite the route in the opposite direction within the next few weeks, so that the pinch point will be at the start and visible before leaving the car park.