Suffolk Coast Path

Suffolk Coast Path

A walking holiday along the Suffolk Coast from Lowestoft to Felixstowe.

3 to 9 nights
30-62 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £430 per person

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About the trail

Book your walking holiday along the Suffolk Coast Path and ramble sixty miles between Lowestoft and Felixstowe. This varied route tours through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, exploring a mix of sand and shingle beaches, famous heathland, clifftop pathways and open marshland.

Humanity’s efforts to tame the sea can be seen all along the route, including the glass sea walls at Lowestoft, historic ports like Southwold and hints of the old medieval city drowned at Dunwich. Several snaking estuaries join the sea along this walk, too, and the tidal range makes every holiday a little different. You’ll even get to bob across the River Deben yourself on a seasonal foot ferry crossing.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Suffolk Coast Path Highlights
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Suffolk Coast Path

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

5 to 9 nights
62 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
1st April to 31st October
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £705 per person

Suffolk Coast Path

The full Suffolk Coast Path leads the way along a stunning coastline and inland through landscapes and villages largely unchanged for decades. Along the coast, you’ll enjoy wandering long sandy beaches and lively promenades, not to mention Southwold’s brightly coloured beach huts and Victorian pier, with plenty of good spots to pause and grab an ice cream.

Inland, drop into the heritage site of Snape Maltings, populated now with galleries, cafes and independent shops. The Suffolk Coast Path leads the way through tranquil spaces full of wildlife, perhaps at their most beautiful in Dunwich Heath, where colourful heather spreads out for miles around.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SUFC1 From Lowestoft to Felixstowe 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding £705
SUFC2 From Lowestoft to Felixstowe 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £845
SUFC3 From Lowestoft to Felixstowe 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £985
SUFC4 From Lowestoft to Felixstowe 9 nights, 8 days walking Easy / Moderate £1260

Suffolk Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note that the beach section between Lowestoft and Southwold is not passable at high tide. Please check the tide times here when planning your holiday dates. There are inland high tide alternatives however which would add 3-5 miles to your days walk depending on which itinerary you book.

There are ferry crossings on this tour.  An essential ferry crossing from Bawdsey to Felixstowe which operates from May to September daily and from Easter until 30th April and during October on weekends only.

Our itineraries assume you will take the Walberswick Ferry from Southwold Harbour which operates daily from the 1st of April until the last weekend of October.  If the ferry is not operating or you opt to walk around Southwold Harbour instead this will add a further 1.5 miles to your days walk.

There is also an optional weekend ferry from Orford to Butley, this ferry runs on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays only usually from Easter to mid-October. If you take this ferry, this will reduce your days walk from Orford by 3 miles.

NB: The cost for ferries is minimal and not included in the cost of your tour.

Start

Travel to Lowestoft where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Lowestoft to Dunwich. 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 2

Dunwich to Snape. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 3

Snape to Chillesford(T). 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 4

Chillesford(T) to Felixstowe. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Finish

Depart from Felixstowe after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Suffolk Coast Path map
Lowestoft/Felixstowe
62 miles (99 km)
1st April to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Taking in the sea air and open expanses of water throughout the route, including the enormously wide yet shallow Thorpeness Meare.

Heading inland into the Suffolk Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Clambering into the tiny boat that will ferry you across the River Deben to Felixstowe.

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The coastal town of Lowestoft marks the starting point of your Suffolk Coast Path Holiday, and there is plenty to do should you wish to spend an extra day here before embarking on your walk. The town and surrounding area is packed with attractions and restaurants to satisfy all tastes, however perhaps the most iconic thing to do here is to visit the Ness - the UK's most easterly point - at dawn, so you can be the first person in the UK to see the morning's sunrise.

The charming village of Snape has lots to discover if you choose to spend an extra night here. The Maltings complex is a beautiful heritage site, made up of converted Victorian buildings and home to a selection of independent shops, galleries, eateries, and performance venues, including the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Every year, the Maltings hosts the month-long Aldeburgh Music Festival in the summer, as well as the acclaimed Aldeburg Food and Drink Festival in September, giving you plenty of reason to stay and explore a little longer.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 61.5 miles (98.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: SUFC1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st April - 31st October
Start of holiday: Lowestoft
End of holiday: Felixstowe

Route Profile

Suffolk Coast Path Route Profile

Travel Information

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are London Stansted, London City or London Luton.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Lowestoft) and also at the end of the trail (Felixstowe).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Lowestoft and from Felixstowe.

From London - Trains run from London Liverpool Street station to Lowestoft.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, although a taxi would be quicker.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.