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  • Start: Pay & display car park opposite Maybush PH. Fee refundable if patronising public house.
  • End: Pay & display car park opposite Maybush PH. Fee refundable if patronising public house.
  • Country: England
  • County: Suffolk
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Maybush PH
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer No 197
  • Difficulty: Medium
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The pretty riverside village of Waldringfield is the perfect destination for an interesting and relaxing summer walk, and it has some wonderful views of the estuary as well, says Cyril Francis

The pretty riverside village of Waldringfield is the perfect destination for an interesting and relaxing summer walk, and it has some wonderful views of the estuary as well, says Cyril Francis



This walk features the village of Waldringfield on the west bank of the River Deben. In former times bricks and coprolites were shipped from the quay but nowadays the river is mostly used by small sailing craft.
The walk initially takes you along the waters edge upstream towards distant Martlesham and Woodbridge. Elsewhere, the route briefly crosses some cultivated fields, where the higher ground provides some more stunning views of the Deben estuary.


THE WALK
Walk down to the car park entrance, turn right and proceed towards the river in front.
Pass the Maybush pub, turn left and after passing the boat trips booking office, turn right on to a narrow path that takes you to the river wall.
Turn left here and follow the grassy path beside the River Deben. Keep going ahead beside areas of saltmarsh and small creeks. Further ahead, the tower of St Marys church at Woodbridge should be visible in the far distance.
Shortly after the path curves to the left, pass a seat bench and afterwards swing left up a bank.
Continue through an overgrown area, cross a grassy patch and then turn left to join a bridleway.
Follow the winding bridleway to a junction with the surfaced Sandy Lane and turn left. The lane will eventually take you to a junction with the approach road to Waldringfield.
At this point return back to the car park for the shorter walk.
Otherwise, turn right and almost immediately take the next turning left as directed by a footpath sign.
Proceed along a short lane to the far corner, turn right to cross a field and afterwards pass through a green area known as Waldringfield Church Field. A handy seat is available should you wish to rest and savour the view.
Cross over Mill Road ahead and continue straight on, initially between hedgerows and later along the left edge of a cultivated field. Turn left at the boundary, continue through a narrow wooded area and then proceed through a short stretch of cultivated field.
A kissing gate leads to a broad grassy area that shortly takes you to the road in front.
Pass through another kissing gate and follow the road to the left for the next 600 yards or so.
Where the road swings left at the bottom of a hill, carry on straight ahead. Pass Whitehall Cottage, continue through a leafy avenue and turn left as signposted to pass a large house called White Hall on the left.
Cross two successive sloping fields and shortly skirt a water reservoir on the right. Follow the path to a dinghy sailing park and swing left and right to continue beside the river foreshore.
Just after passing the Waldringfield Sailing Club premises, climb a flight of steps on the left.
Follow the steps back into the car park and return to your departure point.



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How to get there: From Ipswich go eastbound on the A14 and cross the Orwell Bridge. Take the second exit signposted A12 Lowestoft and go north to the next roundabout. Turn right (third exit) and head towards Waldringfield. Follow the road to and through Waldringfield village and afterwards turn right immediately before the Maybush PH.
Start and park: Pay & display car park opposite Maybush PH. Fee refundable if patronising public house.
Distance: 1.5 or 3 miles
Refreshments: Maybush PH
Terrain: Mostly light sandy soils with some road walking.
Best map: OS Explorer No 197
Public transport: Call 0871200 2233 for details

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