Walking

Walking trail

Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk near Ipswich Suffolk

Walking trail

Discover a peaceful woodland and heathland alive with the colours and fruits of autumn. On this seasonal ramble at Pin Mill, near Ipswich, take in the tranquillity of the wooded foreshore and savour the spectacular views of the River Orwell, but can be walked at any time of the year. Ideal for active families.

Wrecks

Look out for wrecks beached along the foreshore of the River Orwell, which were once sailing cargo vessels. Some of these boats are lived in as houseboats, but others have been abandoned as dramatic wrecks and are slowly being reclaimed by the forces of nature.

Map

Map route for Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk

Start:

Pin Mill Car park (not NT), grid ref:TM205378

1

From the car park turn right along the lane for 44yd (40m), then left up a set of concrete steps. Follow the footpath up the slope and along the back of the gardens to enter Pin Mill woods via a kissing gate.

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Picture of Butt and Oyster Pub Pin Mill

2

Continue past a pine plantation; a good spot to hunt for pine cones. Turn left at a junction, keeping the plantation on your right. The track turns to the left and after 383yd (350m) opens out into the first heathland area. Look out for the purple blooms of later flowering heather.

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Fruits of the Forest (Sweet Chestnut)

3

Take the first left-hand path by some tall gorse bushes blooming with yellow flowers, great for making tea and wine. The path then leads to another area of heath, which is more grassy than the earlier heather heathland. Follow the path into a woodland and see what autumn fruits and seeds you can forage from the woodland floor. At the T-junction, turn left.

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Heather at Pin Mill

4

To the right, the cliff top path here offers some wonderful views through the trees down to the River Orwell. Follow the path and descend a steep slope, (the cliff top path, although elevated, is not a traditional cliff, but is considered a cliff top for Suffolk!)

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Boats at Pin Mill on the River Orwell

5

At the bottom of the slope, turn right at a path junction to follow the route along the shore. Keep an eye out for shipwrecks and houseboats along the foreshore of the River Orwell, some of which were once sailing cargo vessels. Some boats are lived in as houseboats, but others have been abandoned as dramatic wrecks and are slowly being reclaimed by the forces of nature.

6

The path leaves Pin Mill woods and descends a few steps to the foreshore in front of the Butt and Oyster pub. Follow the foreshore to pass in front of the pub, then turn left on the lane to return to the car park. Be aware that if there's a high tide and it's not safe to walk along the foreshore in front of the pub, then retrace your steps 165yd (150m) to the steps and follow them back up to the top path. Turn right and return to the car park.

End:

Pin Mill Car park (not NT), grid ref:TM205378

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Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk near Ipswich Suffolk

Terrain

Circular walk, mostly easy walking on grassy and sandy paths. Steps along the route and one steep slope to descend between points 4 and 5. Be aware of high tides along the foreshore at point 6, where an alternate path is recommended when the route is impassable. Can be muddy after wet weather. Dogs are welcome, please keep under control and remove any dog litter.

Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk near Ipswich Suffolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01206 298260
 
 
Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk near Ipswich Suffolk

How to get here

Address
Pin Mill, Suffolk
By train

By train: Ipswich, 7 miles (11.2km)

By road

By road: 6 miles (9.6km) south-east of A14 near Ipswich. From A14 take A137 towards Ipswich, turn right onto B1456 to Chelmondiston. Turn left in village (sign-posted Pin Mill), car park is on right (pay and display, not NT). Pin Mill can get very busy at peak times, so please don't park on the road

By foot

By foot: Stour and Orwell Walk, a way-marked footpath

By bus

By bus: Ipswich Buses 202, Ipswich to Shortley, daily. Alight Chelmondiston, then 15 minute walk to Pin Mill

By bicycle

By bike: South Suffolk Cycle Route B

Pin Mill Natures autumn harvest walk near Ipswich Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Car Park in Pin Mill (not NT)
  • Public WC at Butt and Oyster in Pin Mill
  • Food and drink: Butt and Oyster pub in Pin Mill. Local shops and pubs in Chelmondiston (not NT)