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Sudbourne, River Ore & Orford Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Sudbourne, River Ore & Orford Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Sudbourne, River Ore & Orford Walks was about 7.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this walk was a combination of field and woodland paths and tracks, a riverbank path and quiet roads. Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. There were no stiles to negotiate.

This walk was two circular walks which made-up a figure of eight walk route. The first walk was via the River Ore and the second was via Sudbourne church. Both walks began in Orford, a small town in Suffolk, England, located within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beaty (AONB).

Orford used to be important as a port and fishing village in the Middle Ages. There is still a fine mediaeval castle in the town which dominates the River Ore. It also has a Grade I listed parish church, that of St Bartholomew’s, and there are some fine buildings.

The main land feature of the area is Orford Ness, a long, wide shingle strip at the mouth of the River Ore which is now a nature reserve run by the National Trust. Both the nature reserves of Orford Ness and Havergate Island can only be accessed via ferry boat from Orford Quay.

From just above Orford to the sea, the River Ore is the final section of the River Alde. It has just a single tributary, called Butley River, and Havergate Island is found at their confluence. Its lower reaches passes through marshland and the shingle/sand beaches of Orford Ness.

Sudbourne is a Suffolk village about 2 miles north of Orford with a fine 14th century All Saint’s Church. It was restored in 1879 and is a grade II* listed building.

On the River Ore walk, leg one started from Market Hill in Orford, heading north west on quiet roads, a track and field path to a track near bungalows. Leg two turned south west on a track and a quiet road to reach a track. Leg three headed south east along the track to the bank of the River Ore and along a river bank path to a corner on the river bank. To complete this walk, leg four turned north on the river bank path to Orford Quay; then along quiet roads and a pavement back to Market Hill in Orford.

On the Sudbourne church walk, leg one started from Market Hill in Orford, heading north east through the St Bartholomew’s churchyard; then north on enclosed paths, a field path and a quiet road to reach a footpath sign next to a field. Leg two turned west on a field path to a track by All Saint’s Church in Sudbourne. To complete this walk, leg three headed south on field and woodland tracks and paths, plus quiet roads back to Market Hill in Orford.

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Sudbourne, River Ore & Orford Walks Route

The Sudbourne, River Ore & Orford Walks route was two circular walks which made up a figure of eight.

Orford & River Ore Circular Walk

Orford & River Ore Walk was about 4.5 miles in distance and circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

The terrain of this route was a combination of field paths and tracks, a riverbank path and quiet roads. Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. There were no stiles to negotiate.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Market Hill, heading north west on roads, a track and field path to a track near bungalows.

  1. From Market Hill we followed Castle Lane almost opposite the Crown and Castle Hotel.
  2. Castle Lane then became Munday’s Lane and just before the main road we turned left along the road in front of a school which turned into a track.
  3. At about 100 metres after the school reached a signed path on the left.
  4. Turning left on the path, diagonally across a field, we headed about 50 metres to the right of two bungalows to a track.

Leg 2

Having walked about 0.75 of a mile to this point, the second leg turned south west along a track and a road to a signed track to the River Ore.

  1. Turning left along the track we passed the bungalows on our right.
  2. At about 600 metres along the track, at the corner of a wood, we continued straight ahead with the wood on our right.
  3. After about 400 metres more, the track swung left away from the wood.
  4. We continued along the track until we reached a narrow road in about another 400 metres.
  5. Turning right along the road, and in about another 300 metres, we passed a driveway to a house on the left before reaching a signed track towards the River Ore on the left.

Leg 3

Having walked about 2 miles to this point, the third leg headed south east along a track and river bank path to a corner on the river bank.

  1. Turning left along this track for about 800 metres beside fields, we passed through a gate to reach the river bank.
  2. Here we went followed a sign taking us diagonally left up to the top of the river bank.
  3. We then turned left long the river bank to follow its winding course until reaching a long left hand curve.

Leg 4

Having walked about 3.25 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned north along the river bank path to Orford Quay; then along roads and a pavement back to Market Hill.

  1. Here we curved left and head in a straight line towards Orford Quay.
  2. After a while we went up a few steps, along a boardwalk, through a gate and down steps again to continue straight on.
  3. As we approached the quay the path became winding and we descended some steps onto a path leading to the quayside.
  4. From the quay we went straight up the road on the left for about 400 metres to reach a crossroads.
  5. We turned left at the cross roads, and after about 100 metres we turned right and gently ascended along a pavement called Bakers Lane between buildings.
  6. After about 100 metres at the end of the pavement we were back on Market Hill.

Orford & Sudbourne Circular Walk

The Ordford & Sudbourne Walk route was about 3 miles in distance and circular in an anti-clockwise direction with three legs.

The terrain of this route was a combination of field and woodland paths and tracks plus quiet roads. Waymarking was good and route finding was easy. There were no stiles to negotiate.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Market Hill, heading north east through the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s; then north on enclosed paths, a field path and a road to a footpath sign next to a field.

  1. From Market Hill we entered the churchyard by the gate next to the Kings Head.
  2. We went to the left around the church onto the grass to reach a gap near the opposite corner of the churchyard.
  3. Here we went through a gate and along an enclosed path to reach a road.
  4. We crossed over the road onto another enclosed path which emerged onto a field.
  5. Here we continued along the same line across the field towards a large house at the end of a row to reach a narrow road called Ferry Road.
  6. Turning right we followed this quiet road for about 1.5 kilometres.
  7. Sudbourne church came into view on the left and on reaching footpath signs on both our right and left, we turning left into a field through a gap.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the second leg turned west along a field path to a track beyond Sudbourne church.

  1. We crossed the field, headed towards some trees which were partially concealing All Saints Church in Sudbourne.
  2. At the corner we followed the field edge, with a garden then the church to our right.
  3. We continued beyond the church to reach a T-junction with a track.

Leg 3

Having walked about 1.5 miles to this point, the third and final leg headed south along field and woodland tracks and paths, plus quiet roads back to Market Hill.

  1. Here we turned left along the track ascending gently beside a field and after about 400 metres we crossed a narrow road.
  2. After walking beside another field, the track became a path and took us through woodland.
  3. Emerging from the trees we continued beside another field then through another woodland, after about 800 metres we reached the B1084, Ipswich Road.
  4. We went straight across the road to follow a track and after about 200 metres we reached an unusual lodge on our right.
  5. Here we turned left along a grassy field path to reach a track.
  6. Turning right on the track, it soon became a road and we passed a school on the right.
  7. After the school we forked right along Munday’s Lane which became Castle Lane and at the end we turned left into Market Hill.

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 of Orford, Suffolk. We parked on Market Hill, Orford at grid reference GR421499. This was also the start location of the hikes.

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