A Suffolk circular walk that starts from Shotley Gate on the confluence of the Stour and Orswell Rivers. The route offers an interesting insight into the operation of the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich together with a lengthy section of the Stour and Orwell Walk. The walk follows the shore for much of the way but ventures inland via Church End and Erwarton Hall to complete the circuit.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D)The start is the seafront in Shotley Gate (grid ref. TM245336) or as near as you get if parking is problematic. At Shotley Pier face the sea and turn left passing a Martello Tower on your left, Continue past the marina keeping to the shoreline of the River Orwell. With Shotley Marshes on your left walk north ignoring the footpath on the left to Over Hall. Continue north to the next junction at Crane's Hill (grid ref. TM245360) where you leave the Stour and Orwell Walk and head inland along a track.
(1)Reaching a junction of tracks, go left towards the church at Church End. At the crossroads in the centre of the village go straight ahead down a minor road (Shotley Walk) to reach Shotley Hall. Turn left down a track opposite the Hall to take the first footpath on the right. Initially the field boundary is on your left but the path switches to the other side of the boundary and continues to a road (B1456).
(2)Bear left along the road to a junction. Cross the road and take the minor road (Erwarton Walk) to a T-junction close to Erwarton Hall. Turn left and then immediately after Erwarton Hall Farm turn right down a track. You are now on another section of the Stour and Orwell Walk. Continue passing a reservoir on your right to reach a junction of tracks.
(3)The Stour and Orwell Walk goes left here. You turn right and right again (grid ref. TM224347) following a track down to the River Stour near Waterhouse Creek. Turn left along the shoreline path and continue past Rose Farm Cottages. The path leads back to the pier at Shotley Gate.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 10ft - Shotley Gate
1 : mi 2.02 - alt. 0ft - Head inland along track
2 : mi 3.52 - alt. 85ft - Bear left along road
3 : mi 4.24 - alt. 62ft - Turn right at track junction
A : mi 6.02 - alt. 13ft - Shotley Gate
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Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5
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Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
On Saturday 18th July 2020 we parked car at Shotley Marina we found the printed map was very good after reaching junction (1) the footpath sign post was broken laid on ground, but go left down a steep slope pasting through large hole in the hedge tunnel like then follow footpath up into Church End village. Continue with the map easy the only problem we had after Rose Farm Cottages the Suffolk Council had closed the coastline footpath but just follow Shotley Heritage park footpath sign pasting through the woods into Esturary Road turn right at bottom back to Shotley pier nice walk well earned beer.
This circular walk through the countryside of Suffolk includes a section alongside the River Orwell. The route takes you inland passing Erwarton Hall and the fine church at Church End to the banks of the Orwell from where you can see Felixstowe Docks. The walk then heads north along the Orwell following the Stout and Orwell Walk.
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