Boyton Marshes Walk From Capel St Andrew, Suffolk Walks In England, UK
Boyton Marshes Walk was about 6 miles in distance. The terrain of the route was level ground with a combination of field tracks and paths, a riverbank path and road sections. The waymarking was good and route finding was simple. There were 4 stiles to negotiate.
Boyton Marshes RSPB is an area of grazing marsh and pools, that floods during winter. As it lies adjacent to Butley River which is tidal, it has a saltmarsh edge. There are dykes and pools plus patches of reed and sedge with patches of hedgerow, scrub and bramble. The area is important all year round for many birds and waterfowl.
The walk begins near Capel St Andrew, a small Suffolk village close to the River Butley, which is a tributary to the River Ore. The walk visits the point of a small ferry service which crosses the River Butley to give cyclists and walkers easy access to Orford. Located to the east of the village is the RSPB reserve at Boyton Marshes. On the return route, the walk passes through the small Suffolk village of Boyton.
Starting from a grass triangle near Capel St Andrew, leg one went north east then east along a track to the riverbank wall of the River Butley and the Suffolk Coast Path. Leg two headed south along a path on the top of the winding riverbank leading to the River Ore and a gate plus stile.
Leg three turned north west away from the Suffolk Coast Path on a field track and lane to a road junction in Boyton village. Leg four zigzagged north west by roads plus field paths and tracks to the corner of a narrow road. To complete the walk, leg five turned south east by roads back to the start point near Capel St Andrew.
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Boyton Marshes Walk Route
The Boyton Marshes Walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with five legs.
On this first leg we started from a grass triangle near Capel St Andrew, heading north east then east by track to the River Butley riverbank wall.
- From the grass triangle we went through a gate along the signed track at the corner.
- We followed the winding track, passing a house and barn.
- At a gate we went through and followed a grassy field track along the left edge which became the Suffolk Coast Path.
- In the field corner we went through a gate and after a few metres we crossed a stile.
- We then ascended a short path to the top of the riverbank wall.
Having walked about 1 mile to this point, the second leg headed south along the top of the winding riverbank wall path to a gate and stile.
- We turn right and followed the winding riverbank wall.
- After about 600 metres we passed the brick ruins of Boyton Dock.
- We continued along the top of the riverbank wall and eventually crossed a stile.
- Continuing along the top of the riverbank wall for about 2.5 kilometres, during which, we started to walk beside the River Ore.
- We then descended to the right of the riverbank wall to reach a gate and stile, leaving the Suffolk Coast Path.
Having walked about 2.75 miles to this point, the third leg turned north west on a field track and lane to a road junction in Boyton village.
- After crossing the stile we followed a track across a marshy field.
- At the other side, we veered left on the track with a wood on our left and a water filled ditch on our right.
- Following the track, we passed through a gate and arrived at a signed junction with Mill Lane.
- Here we turned right along the lane into Boyton village to a junction with The Street, opposite Boyton village hall.
Having walked about 3.75 miles to this point, the fourth leg zigzagged north west by roads plus field paths and tracks to the corner of a narrow road.
- Here we turned left for about 400 metres and turned right along a lane signed to Boyton House.
- Just before reaching the house at a junction we veered right to continue straight ahead on a grassy path.
- The path became enclosed with a hedge on the left and a fence on the right.
- Going straight ahead we veered left at a junction to follow yellow arrows.
- We then crossed a footbridge over the River Tang.
- At a path junction we took the right hand path to go straight ahead.
- Keeping ahead we crossed a field with a ditch on our right to go through a gate.
- Going straight ahead, we followed a fence on the left through a garden and another gate.
- We then went through a gap, along the drive and crossed a stile next to a gate out onto a road.
- Turning left along the road for about 400 metres we reached a sharp left bend.
- Here we went straight ahead along a signed bridleway track to cross a field and reach the edge of a forest.
- At the forest edge, we turned right along the track to cross the field with the forest on our left.
- After about 700 metres at the end of the field we went through a gap onto the corner of a narrow road.
Having walked about 5.25 miles to this point, the fifth and final leg turned south east by roads back to the start point.
- We turned right on the road and followed it for about 600 metres to reach a crossroads, by the metal sculpture in Capel St Andrew.
- Here we went straight across to the road opposite and followed around a left and right bend back to the start point near Capel St Andrew.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Suffolk hiking holiday during March 2017. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Aldeburgh, Suffolk to the starting location near Capel St Andrew, Suffolk. From Capel St Andrew, we drove south east down a road signed Boyton and Butley Ferry, to the first right hand bend by grass triangle and park on wide verge, at grid reference GR378480. This was also the start location of the hike.
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