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

Find your holiday

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

3 to 5 nights
30 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £430 per person

Suffolk Coast Path Highlights

The Suffolk Coast Path Highlights route keeps to the more rural central section of the Suffolk Coast Path between Southwold and Orford. It rambles past farmland turned patchwork with drainage ditches, skirts woodland and threads between the sea and flat expanses of marshland. The concluding walk along the winding rivers Alde and Ore is particularly spectacular, with white painted sailboats bobbing on the tidal waters.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SUFCH1 From Southwold to Orford 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £430
SUFCH2 From Southwold to Orford 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £570
SUFCH3 From Southwold to Orford 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy / Moderate £705

Suffolk Coast Path Highlights 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Elevation & terrain
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

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.

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

Start

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

Day 1

Southwold to Aldeburgh. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Aldeburgh to Orford. 17 miles (27.5km)

Finish

Depart from Orford 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
Extra night (Southwold)
Price on request
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Suffolk Coast Path Highlights map
Southwold/Orford
30 miles (47 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the stunning colours of the heathland at Dunwich.

Dropping into unchanged villages with their historic buildings and welcoming pubs.

Visiting the impressive Orford Castle at the end of your walk.

What's included?

  • 3 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

Southwold is a great choice for a rest day during your holiday. This quintessentially English resort town was once home to famed author George Orwell, and offers a wealth of things to do and intriguing landmarks to see, including a clifftop cannon, an award-winning pier, and a curious collection of weird and wonderful automata designed by Tim Hunkin in the "Under the Pier Show".

If you are looking for a peaceful atmosphere in which to unwind on a rest day, the small fishing village of Orford is a historical gem worth considering. Along with a variety of locally-produced cuisine to sample, Orford boasts a well-preserved medieval castle with an unusual history. While you are here, see if you can discover the castle's mysterious stories and unearth their influence on this pretty little village.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Southwold)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 29.5 miles (47 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27.5 km)
Code: SUFCH1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Southwold
End of holiday: Orford

Elevation & Terrain

Route profile

Suffolk Coast Path Highlights Route Profile

Travel Information

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

By Rail – The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Southwold) is at Halesworth (10 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Orford) is at Wickham Market (about 7.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run from Halesworth to Southwold. From Orford a taxi would be required to Wickham Market rail station.

From London - Trains run from Liverpool Street Station to Halesworth via Ipswich.

Return to Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Orford to Wickham Market rail station, catch a train to Halesworth rail station followed by bus to Southwold.

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.