At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we’re incredibly blessed when it comes to our surroundings. Situated amongst the green, rolling fields of Suffolk, we’ve got plenty of scenic walks for our guests to enjoy when renting one of our Barges. To make it easy to find the one that’s best for you, we’ve rounded up a few favourites.
Sailor’s Path – Snape Maltings
Starting outside of our ‘Onderneming Barge’ at Snape Maltings is the Sailor’s path. The Sailor’s Path is around 6 miles long, and in parts, is intertwined with the Suffolk Coast Path which takes you to the picturesque Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh. After exiting Snape Maltings, and starting on the path, it follows the River Alde and then takes walkers up to the edge of Snape – a small but incredibly pretty Suffolk village. The path then continues to go through the Suffolk countryside until walkers reach the edge of Aldeburgh where the Sailor’s Path takes them around the town and for the final stretch. Here, walkers have the choice of walking down either the North Sea shoreline or the tarmac bike and cycle path towards the centre of Aldeburgh. To explore Suffolk’s countryside, why not take a walk down the Sailor’s Path when renting one of our Barges?
Rendlesham Forest Walks
Just a short drive from the town of Woodbridge, and our ‘Twee Gebroeders’ barge on the River Deben, is a place which is famous for its supernatural activity, a subject you can read more about in our blog here. Rendlesham Forest is located on the outskirts of Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Natural Beauty and it has three different walking routes, managed by Forestry England. Firstly, there is the Easy Access Trail, which is accessible for wheelchairs and prams and takes in the flowers and the animals of the area and is around three quarters of a mile in length. There’s also the Phoenix Trail, which takes walkers through three miles of conifer plantations, wetland and heathland areas. Lastly, there is the UFO trail, named after the 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO sighting, and it connects walkers with places within the forest linked to the sighting. If you want a day out exploring a Suffolk forest, why not walk through Rendlesham Forest?
River Deben Walks around Woodbridge
Near to Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum, you will find the ‘Twee Gebroeders’ – one of our Barges on the River Deben. And, if you want a scenic walk, you won’t have to go far for it. Just hop back onto land and you will be greeted with a choice of two walks. Either, you could follow the River Deben in a southerly direction, which takes you down towards Martlesham Creek, where you can continue and walk around parts of it, and then into the village of Martlesham. Alternatively, you can go in a northerly direction past Woodbridge Quayside, and then onto Melton’s Boat Yard. Both walks offer tranquility and scenic views over the River Deben, and there are plenty of opportunities for a stunning photo.
Sutton Hoo Walks – Woodbridge
Just across the River Deben where you’ll find the ‘Twee Gebroeders’ is Sutton Hoo, a site made famous for a major archeological find of treasures and artefacts from the Anglo-Saxon period. Walkers are welcome to share in the discovery of these treasures when enjoying one of the many walks on offer. You could give the ‘River View Walk’ a go, where you can walk through 0.8 miles of woodland and look at the stunning views over the River Deben and Woodbridge, along a “moderate” route. You can also walk the 0.5 mile route to the Royal Burial Ground, along a “easy” route, which is also dog-friendly, to discover the story behind the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king. What’s more, you can walk the Pinewood Walk of 1.1 miles through the woods and see the stunning views over the River Deben on this “easy” route. The Sutton Hoo Valley Walk spans over 1.3 miles and includes the Royal Burial Ground as well as the landscape of Sutton Hoo in an “easy” and dog-friendly route. Lastly, there is the Sutton Hoo Woodland Walk – a two mile, “moderate” route which takes in parts of the Valley Walk. Finally, there’s the Pinewood Walk which traverses the Royal Burial Ground and woodland, which is also open to your four-legged friends. With five different walks on offer which allow you to discover the countryside and history at the same time, why not visit Sutton Hoo?
With all of these walks on offer, and many more, why not book one of our Barges and get out exploring the Suffolk countryside?