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Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek

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Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 04 Jul 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guidestar1 Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guidestar0 Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guidestar0 Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guidestar0 Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guide
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Walk Type: River or lakeside
Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guide boot Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk starting in Woodbridge taking in the estuary of the River Deben, Martlesham Creek and then returning to the town itself. Woodbridge has been a centre for boat building and rope making since the middle ages and has many interesting buildings. Sir Francis Drake is said to have had ships built in Woodbridge. The working Tide Mill is only one of two in the UK and was first recorded in 1170 when it was operated by Augustinian Canons.
Water fowl and swifts can be seen along the estuary.
The walk is best done at low water given that part of the walk is along the foreshore and can be flooded during spring tides.
There are no stiles but two fairly lengthy sets of steps and some narrow pathways would make it difficult for pushchairs. Approx walk time 2 hours

Woodbridge is 9 miles from Ipswich and just off the A12. Car parking is available at the Station Car Park which is in the centre of Woodbridge. Approximate post code IP12 4AU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Kyson Hill
Start to Kyson Hill

Start point: 1.3117 lat, 1.3172 long
End point: 52.0804 lat, 1.3117 long

The walk starts in the Station car park where there are toilets and a cafe. Walk toward the rear of the car park in a southerly direction and cross the grassed area to reach The Avenue. Turn left on this road, cross the railway line and climb the short incline to access the embankment. Turn right along the embankment with the river now alongside. This footpath eventually reaches a tree line at Kyson Hill.

Kyson Hill to End of Creek
Kyson Hill to End of Creek

Start point: 52.0804 lat, 1.3117 long
End point: 52.078 lat, 1.2952 long

Take the footpath on the left which drops down to the foreshore. The path then turns right to follow Martlesham Creek. The path is narrow in places but gives excellent views over the creek and swifts can be seen in this area.
Continue along this path until you reach the end of the creek and then take the footpath to the right, which starts to climb back into Woodbridge.

End of Creek to Seckford Street
End of Creek to Seckford Street

Start point: 52.078 lat, 1.2952 long
End point: 52.0876 lat, 1.3029 long

The path goes to the left of the sewage works to reach Sandy Lane. Turn right along the road under a railway bridge. Stay on this road as it climbs to the top of the hill and then drops to meet a main road. Turn right and then in 50 metres cross the road and climb the steps marked with a footpath sign. Follow this footpath to reach Portland Crescent. Go straight ahead first dropping down a hill and then climbing to join Fen Walk. The footpath is enclosed by railings and graveyards on both sides.
On reaching a 'T' junction with another path, turn left to reach a wide set of steps which climb up to Seckford Street.

Seckford Street to End
Seckford Street to End

Start point: 52.0876 lat, 1.3029 long
End point: 52.0901 lat, 1.3172 long

Turn right along Seckford Street which then leads into Market Hill and the centre Woodbridge. The main shopping area is straight ahead but to return to the railway station take the road on the right to go down Church Street and then Quay Street to return to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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