Two Rivers Walk

This walk explores the Orwell and Stour estuaries. Enjoy superb views of Harwich Haven and the Port of Felixstowe.

Technical sheet
No. 4006975
A Shotley walk posted on 09/09/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 09/09/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 8.64km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 31m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 32m
Highest point Highest point : 23m
Lowest point Lowest point : -2m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Shotley
Starting point Starting point : N 51.955357° / E 1.267748°
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Description

(D/A) Start at the Pier, walk with river wall on your right, to Shotley Marina. This walk begins by using the Stour & Orwell Walk, a way marked route (grey with yellow arrow). Cross inner lock gate and continue around seaward side of marina. Turn right along river wall, following the Stour & Orwell Walk signs for some time (ignore path to left and steps near sluice).

(1) Turn left at a footpath sign, away from the river, where the path curves around saltmarsh (Crane’s Hill). Follow this footpath along field edge, onto a track. Pass St. Mary’s Church, Shotley, and continue straight at crossroads. Opposite Shotley Hall, take path left. Follow path through trees, across footbridge and along field edge. At houses, turn left along path to road. Turn right and follow road to junction with main road.

(2) Turn right until opposite Rose Farm. Cross road and take ‘Restricted Byway’ to right of farm. At cross tracks beside Shotley Cottage, continue straight towards River Stour.

(3) When you reach houses turn left. Follow path beside gardens, along field edge. At the coastal footpath sign you can either take a right turn and continue back along the river to the Pier. Alternatively, you can walk up the hill and follow a woodland path through the Heritage Park. Emerge from woodland, turn right into Estuary Road. Continue down to main road and turn right to the Pier.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 4m - Pier
1 : km 3.24 - alt. 0m - Footpath sign
2 : km 6.14 - alt. 17m - Rose Farm
3 : km 7.36 - alt. 3m - Houses
D/A : km 8.64 - alt. 4m - Pier

Useful Information

Paths and tracks can be muddy after rain. Cattle are often grazing on the marshes, so please keep dogs on leads. Some sections are near deep water. This walk takes you onto public highways. We recommend high visibility clothing.

In winter, the estuaries are home to rare birds feeding and nesting in the area. They are easily disturbed and fly off, but you can help during these sensitive months by;
• Keeping your dog on a lead when walking on the paths by the river
• Avoiding the river paths as a running route at low and high tides
• Keeping a respectful distance from groups of birds if you’re on the water
• Reducing noise in general

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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