Chance to explore the Blyth valley on free guided walk

There will be a guided walk from Halesworth to Southwold.

There will be a guided walk from Halesworth to Southwold. - Credit: Archant

A free guided walk from Halesworth to Southwold will allow people to take in the scenic beauty of the Blyth Valley.

The ramble, on August 27, will follow country footpaths, bridleways and tracks, and has been organised by The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership.

Walk leader Maureen Colledge said: “We will discover the peaceful and historic countryside of the Blyth valley, taking in Blythburgh village and its magnificent church.

“Parts of the walk will trace the track bed of the former narrow gauge Southwold Railway, which last ran in 1929.

“After reaching the coast there will be time for walkers to refresh themselves at any of the resort’s many amenities before returning to Halesworth station using the local bus service.”


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In May, the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership published a fourth edition of East Suffolk Line Walks, containing popular existing and new walking routes connecting railway lines with a host of towns, villages and areas of special interest.

Devised and written by Ipswich author Roger Wolfe, the guide was first published over 12 years ago and has since become an essential tool for walkers across the east.

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He said: “I was delighted to find that stations connected very well with the network of local public rights of way and provided excellent starting points for some of the most enjoyable country rambles in Suffolk.

“A scheme that promoted the use of a valued, rural transport link as well as encouraging use of the footpath network seemed obvious and the first publication initially featuring routes between Ipswich and Lowestoft followed in 2004.”

There is no need to book in advance for the walk and further information is available online at www.eastsuffolkline.co.uk.

It will depart from Halesworth station at 10.10am following the arrival of Abellio Greater Anglia train services which leave Ipswich at 9.17am and Lowestoft at 9.07am.

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