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Sandlings Walk - 13 Circular Routes - 60 / 120 Miles

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Date: Saturday 31st January, 2015

Meet at: Ipswich, Rushmere Heath, Heath Lane, Sandlings Path start, IP4 5RX

Map Ref:     TM 19650 44448     Maps:     Maps:     OS on Bing     Google     OpenStreetMap

OS Map: X 197

Details: Linear

Terrain: mixed

Dogs: Registered assistance dogs only. More

Guide Book: Sandlings Walks

Walk Number: 0

Updated: 2018

Guide Book Text

The Sandlings Walk starts from Kesgrave (Ipswich) and heads north and east to Southwold.

This guide splits the route into thirteen circular walks. The waymarked Sandlings route is about 60 miles long. These circular routes total 123 miles. The Suffolk Sandlings are areas of heathland with poor sandy soil. This habitat has become rare and valuable. Much of the terrain has been converted to arable farm land or forest plantations. The walk is well signposted. Look out for sculptures at intervals along the route. The habitats are very diverse and there are some fine views. As well as forest, heath and arable crops, expect pig farms and huge areas of mown lawn, some of which have been harvested for rolls of turf. Clay clogged boots are unlikely in this sandy terrain.

During November 2018, the entire walk was logged using a Garmin eTrex 20 hand-held GPS receiver. The downloadable track logs are quite accurate and generally better than similar offerings on-line that were created from maps without actually doing the walk! Several downloads copy each other and get the Kesgrave start/end point wrong.

MAPS from OpenStreetMap
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1) 8.2 Miles - Ipswich Railway Station to the Sandlings Start - (This extra leg is not part of the "official" route.)
2) 12.5 Miles - Kesgrave and Martlesham
3) 10.7 Miles - Martleshan and Melton - (At high tide part of this route might be under water for an hour or two.)
3.1) 12.2 Miles - Ipswich to Melton Train Walk - (At high tide mile nine might be under water for an hour or two.)
4) 10.5 Miles - Sutton, near Sutton Hoo
5) 8.0 Miles - Rendlesham and the UFO trail
6) 10.8 Miles - Butley
7) 9.6 Miles - Snape South and Tunstall Forest
8) 10.5 Miles - Snape North
9) 8.4 Miles - Aldringham
10) 9.6 Miles - Sizewell and Minsmere
11) 11 Miles - Dunwich Forest and Heath
12) 8.5 Miles - Walberswick (October 2018: The bridge to Southwold is closed for repairs)
13) 4.6 Miles - Southwold (The route has been extended to include the pier.)

Waveney Ramblers tries to stay on rights of way and keep safe. These maps are a "best effort" to document our routes but there may be errors, especially if paths have not been reinstated or signposted. Local conditions change from day to day and with the weather and seasons. Paths get diverted or closed. A safe walk today could become unsafe tomorrow. So please rely on your own common sense. Use these guides as a starting point and not as Biblical authority. As always the main danger is road traffic. Railway crossings are safe by comparison.

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Sandlings Walk - 13 Circular Routes is included in the Sandlings_Walks walking guide book.

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