Walks In and Around Leiston

Explore Leiston-cum-Sizewell on foot

Get your fresh air fix and enjoy the eye-candy of a Suffolk coast and countryside less-visited on walks in and around Leiston. Set out from the town centre or ruins of Leiston Abbey, from Sizewell beach or Kenton Hills nature reserve to experience fab Leiston walks along footpaths less-trodden, each one just waiting to be explored.

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Discover hidden treasures off the beaten track

Take heritage stroll around a unique and historic former company town.

Follow pilgrims’ paths alongside abbey ruins to the coast. Wing your way to Wild Aldhurst – Leiston’s new nature reserve. Or what about going for gander up to Goose Hill?

Go digital with the Go Jauntly app. Or download a whole host of directed walk ideas along with the Leiston Pocket Guide.

Whatever you choose, you’ll soon be tracking down coast and countryside gems in and around Leiston, the Suffolk Sandlings and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Suffolk Coast Path & Sandlings Walk at Sizewell

These two well waymarked long distance paths pass through parts of Leiston-cum-Sizewell and join forces at Sizewell to guide you along the beach, cliffs and and heaths. Park up at the nature reserve or follow footpaths out of Leiston town centre to join the Sandlings Walk at Kenton Hills.

Why not pick up the Suffolk Coast Path at Sizewell beach and head south in its company to the über-eccentric village of Thorpeness? A network of footpaths, bridleways, byways and permissive paths, including parts of the Saxmundham to Aldeburgh old railway track bed, also lead to the quirky Edwardian resort from central Leiston.

Sizewell Beach Coast & Heaths Thorpeness
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Enjoy pedestrian-friendly Quiet Lanes

Fancy walking out to discover Leiston Abbey or wartime memorials near Theberton? Or perhaps to the old smugglers’ inn and marshes at Eastbridge or that birdwatchers’ paradise, RSPB Minsmere Reserve?

As well as signed footpaths and bridleways, look out for pedestrian-friendly ‘Quiet Lanes’ near Leiston around the villages of Eastbridge and Theberton.

Official Quiet Lanes are single track rural roads, with advisory signs at either end to show motorised users clearly that the road is a shared space and so they should give other users priority.

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Leave only footprints…

Leiston and Suffolk Coasts & Heaths AONB welcome responsible walkers.
Are you a Sunday stroller or really keen rambler? Like to stride out with purpose or just amble along with friends for time-out and a chat? Or maybe you enjoy a mindful fresh air moment or two in a busy day?

Whatever your reason to wander, Leiston’s parks and green spaces, countryside and its beautiful Sizewell coast welcome you.

Please respect, protect and enjoy safely them.

Thank you for following the Countryside Code.


Leave only paw-prints behind … 

Nothing beats a walk with a four-legged friend in the park or countryside at Wild Aldhurst – or seeing a happy hound enjoying Sizewell beach. Leiston-cum-Sizewell welcomes well-behaved dogs, responsible dog-owners and dog walkers.

Please keep your dog under effective control when exploring the outdoors together, and be sure to clear up after it at all times.

Thank you for following the Countryside Code and respecting local restrictions in place to prevent disturbance to wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people.

Dog-friendly Sizewell Wild Aldhurst


Walk this way around Leiston’s town, coast & countryside

Discover hidden urban, natural and seaside treasures off the beaten track through a selection of short circular walks and activities.