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Six Suffolk river walks perfect for spring, with locations in Stowmarket, Sudbury and Southwold

The arrival of spring is the perfect opportunity to explore the many breathtaking riverside walking trails that Suffolk has to offer.

Whether you are looking for a long yomp or a short wander, here are six of our favourite river walks we think you should take this season…

1. Angles Way between Bungay and Beccles

River walks in Suffolk. Picture: iStock
River walks in Suffolk. Picture: iStock

This stunning walk will take visitors between the East Suffolk towns of Bungay and Beccles alongside the River Waveney.

The whole of the Angles Way route runs from Great Yarmouth to the Brecks in Thetford, and has been dubbed one of the best riverside walks in the country.

Visitors can take in the views, and also check out the medieval castle at Bungay.

River walks in Suffolk. Picture: iStock
River walks in Suffolk. Picture: iStock

2. The River Gipping from Stowmarket to Needham Market

This five-mile trek takes walkers from Stowmarket to Needham Market alongside the River Gipping.

Beautiful, peaceful countryside makes for a nice stroll and there is plenty to do in both towns to make it a fun family activity, including restaurants and pubs.

3. Pin Mill

Pin Mill, at Chelmondiston near Ipswich, is a stunning woodland site with beautiful views across the River Orwell.

Pin Mill. Picture: Kaia Nicholl
Pin Mill. Picture: Kaia Nicholl

The two miles of footpaths, which run alongside the river, can be muddy and in some places steep, but the walk is peaceful and offers plenty to explore and discover.

The Butt and Oyster, a popular pub on the waterfront, is also a great place to eat, drink and unwind.

4. Sudbury River Stour meadow walks

Sudbury's meadows are a brilliant place for a short wander or dog walk, with picturesque scenery of the River Stour.

The River Stour, Sudbury. Picture: Kaia Nicholl
The River Stour, Sudbury. Picture: Kaia Nicholl

Spot the wildlife, including huge groups of swans, at Brundon Mill, stop for a drink with a view at The Mill Hotel, or take a stroll along the edge of Friars' Meadow where rowers and swimmers are often seen.

The town itself has plenty of restaurants for a tasty lunch too, so families could easily spend the day here.

5. Gazeley and River Kennett

This 9.7km circular trail that starts outside of Moulton that visits the River Kennett, Malting Kiln, and Dalham Hall, is a great place to explore wildlife and the countryside.

It will take around two hours 17 minutes to complete and dogs on leads are welcome to join their human companions.

6. Aldeburgh Circular

Another circular route, this one takes walkers through Aldeburgh and Slaughden and then follows the Rive Alde, crossing the Aldeburgh Marshes and loops back to the town centre.

It will take around three hours to complete, so is a bit of a longer route, but includes plenty of stunning scenery and opportunities to stop and relax by the river.

The town of Aldeburgh is home to many shops and places to grab an eat or drink, so its a great place to end your day out.