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|The Maybush Inn and Deben Estuary|
|Author: adnams, Published: 05 Apr 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile pub walk from the Maybush Inn in Waldringfield, Suffolk. The Maybush was originally a 14th century farmhouse, and today is a great Adnams pub with panoramic views across the river and beyond. The walking route combines two elements, meaning the walk can be shortened if you wish to complete just one of these elements. The first part is a ‘there and back’ walk down through the salt marshes to reach Early Creek, whilst the second part follows a circular route through the village and surrounding arable land. There are great views throughout and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the birds within the estuary. |
The walk follows unmade paths, all of which can be fairly muddy. The first section follows an embankment path out through the salt marshes at the edge of the river estuary. It is best to walk around low tide and, as the path is subject to erosion/flooding, only walk as far as it is safe to do so. Be careful as the path is uneven and take care with children and dogs to ensure they don’t wander onto the dangerous mud flats. The second part includes one section of roadside walking along a quiet lane so take care of any traffic at this point. There are no gates or stiles on route, and the gradients are all very steady. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Waldringfield is situated on the banks of the River Deben, about 4 miles south of Woodbridge in Suffolk. The walk starts and finishes from The Maybush Inn on Cliff Road, right on the water’s edge. The pub has its own car park at the rear and, if this is full, there is also a large pay and display car park alongside. The charges are £1 for 3 hours or £5 for all day (correct Spring 2014), £1 of which can be reclaimed from your bar bill within the pub. Approximate post code IP12 4QL.
|Start to Early Creek|
Start point: 52.0527 lat, 1.3315 long
Standing on Cliff Road with your back to the porch entrance of the Maybush Inn, turn right for a few paces towards the river. At the junction of paths, turn right again on the footpath to Early Creek. Keep ahead along this footpath which follows the back of a stretch of sandy beach, with the Deben Estuary to the left.
|Early Creek to Tree Tunnel|
Start point: 52.0395 lat, 1.3417 long
Once you’ve reached the end of the walkable embankment, turn around and retrace your steps back through the salt marsh, now with the River Deben across to the right.
|Tree Tunnel to White Hall|
Start point: 52.0495 lat, 1.3328 long
Beyond the tunnel of trees, keep ahead over the sleeper bridge and then continue past the large lake on the left. The path swings left around the top of the lake and then climbs to become a wider track straight across the centre of a crop field.
|White Hall to All Saints Church|
Start point: 52.0454 lat, 1.3322 long
At the corner of the hedgeline, turn right along the bridleway, with White Hall still to the right. Keep ahead as the path becomes a wider stone track and follow this out, past Plum Tree Cottage, and to the junction with the road.
|All Saints Church to End|
Start point: 52.0494 lat, 1.3264 long
Immediately after passing the church and its small black-boarded hall, turn right to follow the signed footpath with the hedge to the right. Follow this wide track ahead, leading you between crop fields and with views across the estuary opening up ahead.
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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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