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Friday, 17 August 2018

Stour and Orwell Walk - Cattawade to Shotley Gate Walk Summery

Salt marsh

A walk along the Stour estuary following the Stour and Orwell long distance path.

The Stour and Orwell Walk is a long distance trail that follows the estuaries of South Suffolk. This 42 mile trail links Felixstowe and Manningtree and this specific walk is the southern most section that follows the north side of the River Stour estuary. There are some superb views across the wide waters that separate Suffolk and Essex and although there is not full access along the waterfront, the route provides a pleasant days ramble to the head of the Shotley peninsular. This specific route also diverges from the official route to take in the village of Erwarton, a quiet and tranquil Suffolk community that is a pleasure to meander through.

The route is waymarked throughout although it is advisable to use an OS map or GPX tracker software to clarify the route in a few specific points where the way onwards becomes ambiguous. Do check tide times as there is a short section along the beach by Sutton Ness which can become inaccessible during periods of high tide.

The main limitation of this walk is the transport access between the two ends. There is no direct bus service and one needs to use Ipswich as a link. Having said this, the services do allow ample time to perform the walk.

It is advisable to take food and drink as there are little opportunities to purchase any on the route, with the only pub encountered being that at the end of the walk.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Cattawade to Shotley Gate Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Cattawade View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Shotley Gate View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
12.5 miles
Walk difficulty
Footpaths and country lanes. Waymarked throughout with the distinctive Stour and Orwell Walk circular signs
There is a short section along the beach by Sutton Ness which can become inaccessible during periods of high tide. Check tide times prior to walking


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)


Details of public transport that is required for the walk

Ipswich Buses - Bus Service
Service Number
97/98 - Ipswich Buses services 97 and 98 linking Ipswich and Shotley Gate
Ipswich Buses - Bus Service
Service Number
92 - Ipswich Buses service 92 linking Ipswich, Cattawade and Manningtree

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
08:00 to 13:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Bright summers day


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