Cycling in Southwold and the surrounding area can be enjoyed at all times of year, but one of our favourite seasons for getting out and discovering hidden depths of the area is Autumn. The roads are much quieter than in various school holidays and the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy a stop or two taking in the sights along the way.
This cycling route has been tried and tested by Tracy, our Guest Services Advisor and Administrator. Tracy is born and bred in Southwold so we’d say her knowledge is unrivalled by most!
Walberswick Circular Loop
This cycle route is one I like to do when I have spare time with my partner, Andy. It’s a great option if you prefer a quieter route away from the hustle and bustle of central Southwold, and the seaside village of Walberswick which is a must-see when holidaying in Southwold. By car it’s a bit of a drive to get from Southwold to Walberswick but by bicycle all you need to do is head over the Bailey Bridge and you’ve arrived in no time at all!
The starting point for this cycle route is in Blyth Road in Southwold.
- Follow Blyth Road which runs parallel to The Common. Take care along this road as it’s unmade and there can be a pothole or two.
- Keep following this road, passing Southwold Railway on your right hand side. You will see a wooden gate in front of you and the road becomes a country lane. Keep following the lane – be aware of walkers as the lane can be narrow at times.
- Follow this lane taking in the amazing sights of the marshes and beyond as you go. You’ll eventually reach the Bailey Bridge, cycling along the bridge which takes you onto Palmer’s Lane in Walberswick.
- At the end of Palmer’s Lane turn left onto The Street and follow this all the way. The road eventually becomes Ferry Road as you bear left round the slight bend, heading past the tea shops & children’s play area.
- Follow Ferry Road all the way along, passing the car parks and you will reach the Harbour. If you’re feeling short of puff you can opt to take the ferry* back across (bicycles are allowed for an extra fee). Alternatively there’s a pathway to the left which then takes you along the water’s edge back to the Bailey Bridge.
If you need to make a stop along your cycle ride don’t forget that in Walberswick there’s The Anchor and The Bell Inn on route.
We hope you enjoy this recommended cycle route by Tracy and let us know what you think!
*Walberswick Ferry operates between April and October and during certain times of the day. It’s best to check ahead of time if you plan on using the Ferry.