Southwold town walk

Walk distance: 1.8 miles

Difficulty: easy

Pub stop: The Lord Nelson and cafe stop at the Adnams shop

Starting point: York Road (parking at the side of the road) IP18 6AN

Download the route map here.


Southwold is a beautiful, but small, seaside town which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. This walk is only short, but I’d highly recommend stopping off at two places.

The first stop is the Adnams Southwold Store and Cafe. Situated on the site of their old distribution centre there is a shop with loads of great gifts, beer, cider, wine and spirits alongside a cosy cafe- both of which are dog friendly.

Second is The Lord Nelson, which is one of the best pubs I’ve visited. The pub is extremely dog friendly and has a great olde worlde feel to it. It was full of locals and tourists alike when we went in, so you may have to wait around a little bit to get a table, but the food is well worth the wait. It is extremely good value with tasty home cooked meals- highly recommended.

This walk starts at York Road car park, which has ample parking and is free.

From the car park, walk down York Road until you see a turn off slightly bear to the right. Follow this road down and you will see the High Road in the distance.

Instead of going straight down the high road, turn left and you will see the Adams shop in front of you. Even if you aren’t popping in, walk past the Adnams shop and continue down Victoria Street. When you come to a cross roads, follow the road straight across towards the sea.

When you get to the promenade, walk down the beach until you reach the pier, then turn around and come back down the beach walking until you reach East Street. Just up this street on the right hand side is The Lord Nelson pub.

Continue walking up this road and cross to the High Road. There are lots of shops here to pop in as you walk past. Keep walking until you see the Adnams shop on your right again. Follow the road for a few hundred yards after this and then bear left. Keep following the road round to the left and you will eventually come back to York Road car park.


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