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Email prefix walkingwithafocus
Frequency/Day/Time 3rd Wednesday, 10am
Venue SE Suffolk/NE Essex
Vacancies Yes
group contact members only


Distance 5 - 7 miles; easy pace.

For each walk we aim to pause to view at least one point of interest. For example:-

  • visit a church
  • visit an historic site
  • view the flora and fauna
  • simply to take in the scenery

Leadership of the walks is rotated among group members.



Next Walk - 


The next walk 1000 Wednesday 19 June 2024. Start at Levington Marina. A figure of eight walk around Levington, including a visit to Loompit Lane a site of Special Scientific Interest, it is also a peaceful and beautiful spot. A walk along well trodden paths and tracks with one stile.


May Walk  - Was a look down memory lane of Felixstowe with a few stops to look at the historical pictures


 Felixstowe fun fairFelixstowe fBilly mannings

Two pictures of Butlins the amusement park and the Cafe.

Felixstowe hotel

 The Cavendish Hotel built in the 1930's, demolished 1988, nothing built to replace it! Still an empty site next Charlie Mannings         


Felixstowe swim pool

 The Manor House hotel was built in 1877 by Colonel George Tomline, who brought the railway to Felixstowe, also in 1877.  It did have a fabulous open air, sea water swimming pool.  He also created the dock basin which became Felixstowe port. The hotel was not a success and Tomline used it as a summer residence.  It eventually became the site of the current caravan park


  April Walk  - Starting by the pond in Polstead, the walk was around field edged paths, meadows and country lanes. Landscape - farmland, woodland, parkland and village. It also included the story of the notorious Red Barn murder


Polstead 1PolsteadPolstead 2


March Walk  - The weather was kinder this month! A walk through Sudbourne and Tunstall woods.


Sudbourne and TunstallSudbourne and Tunstall


February Walk  - Cancelled due to impending weather forecast.


  January Walk  - We enjoyed our first walk of the year around Melton and Woodbridge.

Melton Jan walk membersMelton Two Sisters statue

Melton river scene


December Walk  - A walk through Waldringfield, Hemley and Newborne. 

 Waldringfield shorelineWaldringfield harbour boats

Waldringfield shoreline 2


November Walk - A walk in beautiful sunshine around Witnesham


Witnesham Nov 23 walk churchWitnesham Nov 23 walk Hall


Witnesham Nov 23 walk landscape 


October Walk - A walk from Grundisburgh to Little Bealings through pleasant undulating countryside, with some autumnal colours.


Oct 23 walk BealingsOct 23 walk



Oct23 walk Grundsburgh


 August Walk - A walk from the RSPB car park in Hollesley through a paddock of the Suffolk Punch Trust and back along the banks of the River Ore.


Suffolk punch horsesHollesley walk Aug 2023


 June walk - A walk along the old railway line from Aldeburgh to Thorpness, which did include ice-cream!

 Thoreness_windmill.jpgHouse at Thorpness


 April walk - A circular walk to Bentley and Hubbard Hall and back taking in the bluebells in the woods.

  Early spring flowers.

 belstead bluebellsBelstead Wood anenome cropped 2




March walk - A circular walk starting at Cattawade picnic site. A trip along the Stour to Flatford Mill returning along the Stour Valley Path.


Constable house bridgeConstable house statue


February walk - A circular walk taking in the hills and dales of Woodbridge.


Woodbridge creek Feb 2023Woodbridge


January walk - A walk through Ravenswood to see the art installations around the estate.  Walking under the Orwell Bridge along the shore to Orwell Country Park.


 Orwell bridge Handstanding Thumbnail


December walk - An urban circular walk through the old cemetery to the waterfront and return via Christchurch Park.


Ipswich waterfront

 ipswich waterfront Father Christmas


  November walk - A very wet Waldingfield!

Waldringfield Nov 2022


October walk - Pettistree and Loudham


Ash Abbey CampsiePettistree river deben

September Walk - Kesgrave and Portal woods, Martlesham Heath 

Two of the four art installations by Laurence Edwards near to Cedarwood School, showing the ever changing landscape of Grange Farm. From flint stone in the farmland to bricks for housing, and the change from horse power to the engine for farm machinery.

Kegrave art installation 1Kesgrave art installation 2


August walk Snape to Iken

 Snape to Iken 1Snape to Iken 3`

July walk Martlesham

IMG 20220721 WA0000Martlesham July 2022


 March 2022 walk Dunwich

 Dunwich Greyfriars


February 2022 walk Sutton Heath

horse and trap

 January 2022 walk Felixstowe

Felixstowe ferry rainbow



 Walking With a Focus - During Lockdown 2020 -2021

Comorant Holywells PArk   

    Cormorant Holywells Park                          


Bluebells Freston

          Bluebells - Melton


Burkes Wood Melton 

            Burkes Wood - Melton 





 Deben Path Melton

                                              Deben Bridge


   Deben path near Wilford                   



River Orwell Levington        

          River Orwell and Levington                                                     


NHS stones

NHS Stones Bealings


Pigs Rendlesham Forest                                                                                                                                                             

     Pigs at Rendlesham                                          


Autumn mist on A12

Autumn Mist on the A12


  Dragon Sutton Hoo                                                                                                                                       

                                  Dragon at Sutton Hoo                                                             

Bawdsey beach

                                Bawdsey Beach


      Flooding Woodbridge                                                                                            

                    Flooding at Woodbridge 





     Holbrook on the Stour                                                                                                                

                        Holbrook on the Stour                                                                     


Sunrise Warwick Av

Sunrise Warwick Avenue


     Martlesham Woods                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

     Martlesham Woods                                                                               


Bear in tree Felixstowe

Felixstowe - Bear in Tree






December -  Denniston and Framlingham

 Framlingham 2019 resized


November - Waldringfield

 Ramsholt Church thumbnail Oct 2019



 October - Shottisham to Ramsholt

Ramsholt walk resized

 September - Aldeburgh to Thorpeness 

 September 2019 walk with a focus



 July 2019 - Kirton


June 2019 - Martlesham




May 2019 - Stutton/Holbrook/Alton Water





April 2019 - Shingle Street



March 2019 - Playford, Rushmere St. Andrew and Fynn Valley




February 2019 - Melton





January 2019 - Orwell Country Park 





December 2018 - Felixstowe





November 2018 - Orford 





October 2018 - Felixstowe 





 September 2018 - East Bergholt




August 2018 - Melton and the River Deben






July 2018 - Holywells Park




 June 2018 - Bealings and Playford



May 2018 - Bredfield



April 2018 - Martlesham



March 2018 - Sutton


February 2018 - Wickham Market Gallows Walk



January 2018 - Aldeburgh



December 2017 - CANCELLED


November 2017 - Hasketon


October 2017 - Trimley Marshes





 September 2017 - Hollesley








September 2012 - Melton and Woodbridge staring at car park near Wilford Bridge - 6.5 miles

October 2012 - Sutton Heath lead by Lynda Gilbert from Suffolk Coastal. Started at Sutton Heath South Car Park - Approx. 5 miles

November 2012 - Kingsfleet Felixstow starting at 'The Grove' Felixstowe - Approx. 7 miles

December 2012 - Helmingham Deer Park from Otley Village Hall car park - Approx. 6 miles

January 2013 - Levington Creek and the Nacton shoreline of the river Orwell from layby near Levington - Approx. 5 miles

February 2013 - Bourne Hill Wherstead circular walk taking in Freston church - Approx 5.5 miles

March 2013 - Helmingham Deer Park and Pettaugh Hall from car park in front of Helmingham church - Approx. 5.5 miles

April 2013 - Hollesley to the river Ore from the Shepherd and Dog Hollesley - 5.25 miles

May 2013 - Bourne Hill Wherstead circular walk taking in Freston church and a beautiful display of bluebells - Approx 5.5 miles

June 2013 - Dedham Vale including Dedham and Flatford from public car park behind Red Lion East Bergholt - 5.5 miles

July 2013 - Charfield from Charsfield Village Hall - 5 miles

August 2013 - Shotley taking in both the Orwell and the Stour and Erwarton church




September 2013 - River Gipping and Ipswich Parks - 5.5 miles

October 2013 - Aldeburgh including the River Alde and the beach path - 6 miles

November 2013 - Great Bealings shortened route - 4 miles

December 2013 - Finn Valley - 4.5 mile route

January 2014 - Capel St Mary and Little Wenham

Capel St Mary Walk January 2014

February 2014 - Cancelled due to weather

March 2014 - Tunstall Forest

Tunstall Forest walk February 2014

April 2014 - Chelmondison

Chelmondison walk April 2014

May 2014 - Great Bealings

Bealings walk May 2014 Cows guarding the gate

Bealings walk May 2014. Flora

June 2014 - Gipping Valley

July 2014 - Trimley Marshes


August 2014 - Newbourne to Waldringfield

IMG 0248

 September 2014 - Hollesley to the River Ore (including blackberry picking)

 October 2014 - Martlesham Creek and Fynn Valley

November 2014 - Otley to Helmingham Deer Park


December 2014 - Sutton Heath



January 2015 - Snape

February 2015 - Melton to Woodbridge

Snowdrops on February walk

March 2015 - Tattingstone

April 2015 Cattawade

May 2015 Sizewell Woods

Calf at Eastbridge

 June Orford

July Grove Park Felixstowe

August Newbourne Springs to Waldringfield

 September Chelmondiston - Pin Mill - Wolverston

 Members alongside Nancy Blackett

 Some members alongside Arthur Ransome's boat, The Nancy Blackett


October Martlesham circular walk

Butlers Brook

Members walking along Butlers Brook


November 2015 Benjamin Britten's Aldeburgh

December 2015 Methersgate and Sutton Hoo


January 2016 Melton and the Deben





February Shingle Street



 March Under the Orwell Bridge to Freston area


St Peter's Church Freston 

 St Peter's Church Freston


April Levington and Nacton Shores



May Focus on Oddities from Lower Ufford



June Woolverstone and Pin Mill 



 July The River Ore


 August  Sutton Hoo





 September Newbourne Springs



 October East Bergholt


 November Sizewell Woods





 December Campsea Ashe


 January Felixstowe



 February Dennington to Framlingham Castle



 March Butley




 April Martlesham



May Hollesley 



June Alton Water 



July. Walk cancelled due to major traffic delays 


August Woodbridge