WALK 1 - Ipswich to Needham Market

The waymarked Gipping Valley River Path passes close to Ipswich railway station. Most of the route follows the towpath of the former navigation that linked the dock at Ipswich with Stowmarket from 1793 until the 1930s. The remains of many old locks (some restored) can be seen along the way, as well as picturesque water mills.

11½ miles (6 hours), but shorter options possible by using bus services linking villages along the Gipping Valley, e.g. bus 88 (inc. Sundays) Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (356kb)

The River Gipping Trust have also produced walk leaflets covering this area - see their website for more details.

Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of The Ramblers