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.
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)This walk starts on the banks of the River Orwell at Pin Mill where there is a pay and display car park (grid ref. TM205379). From the car park walk south along the road towards the centre of Chelmondiston. Take the first footpath on the right. This takes you to the Parish Church and south along Church Street onto the B1456. Cross this road and walk to your right taking the footpath/track on your left. This leads across fields. Where a track comes in from the right keep straight ahead and continue to a T-junction (grid ref TM204368). Go right here and continue to another T-junction where you go left.
(1)Stay on this path to pass Broomfield Covert on your left, turning right towards Crouch House. Go past Crouch House which is on your right and continue ahead, to bear left along Warren Lane (grid ref. TM211359). Continue along Warren Lane until you reach a lane, Erwarton Hall lies just across the road. Bear sharp left here (grid ref. TM223352) to turn north along Erwarton Walk. This leads you to a T-junction with the B1456.
(2)Turn left here, and take the first footpath on the right (grid ref. TM225357). Continue along this path ignoring the path to the left until you reach a T-junction with a track. Turn left here to a lane - Shotley Walk. Turn right along the lane and continue to Church End, where the road turns sharp right (Oldhall Lane at grid ref. TM236360). Keep straight ahead here and continue to a T-junction. Turn right here and continue to the River Orwell.
(3)Turn left onto the Stour and Orwell Walk following the clear path alongside the river (which is on your right). Ignore all footpaths on your left heading inland and continue around the river bank back to the start at Pin Mill. As you get close to Pin Mill you have a choice of routes. Either stay on the Stour and Orwell walk which leads to the road close to the car park or bear right and follow the path along the river.(A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Pin Mill car park
1 : mi 0.94 - alt. mi 0.94 - Turn left at T-junction
2 : mi 2.94 - alt. mi 2.94 - Turn left at T-junction
3 : mi 4.52 - alt. mi 4.52 - Turn left onto Stour and Orwell Walk
D/A : mi 8.02 - alt. mi 8.02 - Pin Mill car park
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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.
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