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Southwold - circular via Buss Creek and marshes

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Southwold - circular via Buss Creek and marshes
Author: ptruman, Published: 13 Apr 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Suffolk,
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Southwold - circular via Buss Creek and marshes
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A walk that takes you completely around the Suffolk coastal town of Southwold to walk through the reedbeds, marshland and the harbour then back to the pubs in the town for a well earned and refreshing brew!
Southwold is well known as an idyllic and unspoilt small town on the Suffolk coast. It is home to the Adnams brewery, some fishing and tourism. From Easter all the way through to the following autumn Southwold is full of tourists, some visiting for the day or those staying in one of the many cottages available for rental. Its not exclusively visitors though although house prices have escalated enormously given the demand from those buying second or holiday homes. That said, Southwold retains much of its timeless qualities and peaceful air. It makes a very pleasant place to stay for a day or a week and a good base to explore some of the beautiful Suffolk and coastal landscape nearby.

Parking in Southwold is not easy given the number of visitors to the town and the best bet are the car parks on the edges of the town either by the pier, near the harbour, on Gardner Road or on the common. Some parking is available around the town so if you’re early enough you may find space, but please be careful not to block residents from their own spaces or driveways. This walk starts near the pier, so either park there, nearby or make your way their from wherever you do park.
Public transport to Southwold is somewhat limited - the light railway from Halesworth on the mainline was closed in 1929, but some buses do operate.

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Southwold Pier and Buss Creek
Southwold Pier and Buss Creek

Start: OS ref TM511767
End: OS ref TM504768

Start point: 52.3309 lat, 1.684 long
End point: 52.3321 lat, 1.6738 long

This walk starts from anywhere along the sea front or near the pier, so make your way to the front and walk along until you pass the pier at the north end of the promenade. The pier was restored in the 1980s and is now a fine sight with the obligatory restaurant, cafe, gift shops and amusements - but given this is Southwold they are rather more tasteful and restrained than others. The main pier building is due for rebuilding later in 2010 to make a small hotel.
Walk through the car park and past the boating pools to reach the footpath sign to the left that goes through the reedbeds. Take this path keeping what is left of Buss Creek to your right. This creek is now more or less dried up for much of its length, but still remains boggy and a haven for all sorts of wildlife. Follow this path curving round to follow Buss Creek until you reach the main A1095 road that leads into Southwold.

Buss Creek to Bailey Bridge
Buss Creek to Bailey Bridge

Start: OS ref TM504768
End: OS ref TM494758

Start point: 52.3321 lat, 1.6738 long
End point: 52.3236 lat, 1.6584 long

Cross the main road and continue to follow the path keeping Buss Creek on your right. There’s a little wooden footbridge that provides a better view of the creek and reeds, but continue along the path with the creek on your right hand side. You will arrive at a point where footpaths cross - just continue straight on through the gate keeping (what’s left of) Buss Creek to your right. You will see the marshes and the River Blyth away to the right and this path soon joins the river at the point where the former Southwold Light Railway crossed the Blyth on Bailey Bridge. The current bridge is supported on the old columns into the river-bed, but is a more modern top. Do not cross the bridge although do take a look up the river, especially if you’re there in the evening with the sun going down. The views and light can make a tremendous picture!

Southwold Harbour
Southwold Harbour

Start point: 52.3236 lat, 1.6584 long
End point: 52.3141 lat, 1.6723 long

From Bailey Bridge walk along the path keeping the river on your right hand side. You will shortly pass (or even stop in) the Harbour Inn. Interesting to see the mark on the wall showing how far floods have reached.
Continue to walk down the side of the Blyth through the harbour until you reach the sea. There’s all sorts of sights, sounds and smells from the harbour - there is still fishing based here but many of the fishing boats have been displaced by pleasure craft. Dependent upon time of day there are small stores where you can buy excellent fresh fish or fish and chips. Nearer the sea there’s the Walberswick ferry and pleasant views across to Walberswick village.

Along the sea front
Along the sea front

Start: OS ref TM504748
End: OS ref TM511767

Start point: 52.3141 lat, 1.6723 long
End point: 52.3309 lat, 1.684 long

Once you reach the mouth of the River Blyth you have once again reached the north sea. Walk along the sand dunes, taking care not to disturb any birds that may be trying to nest, and the familiar beach huts and sights of Southwold take over. Walk along the sea front, promenade or through the town as you wish until you get back to the pier. If you have not seen it do walk through the town to visit the pubs and shops. There’s something to please almost all tastes! It is also well worth stopping to see St Edmund’s Church and, if your visit coincides with an open day, the lighthouse.

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19 images to "Southwold - circular via Buss Creek and marshes"

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Path alongside Buss Creek
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From path looking back towards sea front
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Path alongside Buss Creek, near the A1095 road
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Buss Creek from the footbridge by Botany Marshes
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Path alongside Busscreek Marshes
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Bailey Bridge - old Southwold Railway track across River Blyth
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Southwold Harbour
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Southwold Harbour
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Southwold Harbour
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Harbour entrance
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At Harbour entrance
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Along sand dunes back into Southwold
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The beach huts near Gun Hill, Southwold
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Southwold Pier
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Southwold from the pier
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