Riverside walks – another way to improve your mental health

Like spring flowers, water also has benefits for calming the nerves and improving mental health.

Suffolk has some well-known riverside walks, especially in the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale area in the South of the county, but there are other walks in the county that are not often mentioned.

Shotley Peninsula: with two rivers, the Stour and the Orwell, flowing through to the sea the peninsula is a good place to visit for a riverside stroll. One starts from the tip of the peninsula and takes you towards Erwarton, the other takes you along the banks of the Orwell near the Suffolk Food Hall, where you can pop in for refreshments.

Another Peninsula favourite is the Orwell river area around Pin Mill. In the village itself along the foreshore are wrecks, houseboats and the famous Butt and Oyster pub if you need refreshments.

There’s a route map for this walk here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pin-mill/trails/pin-mill-natures-autumn-harvest-walk

In the Woodbridge area: is a route through woodland, called the Sailor’s Path, that takes you along the River Alde to Aldeburgh, ending near to the Aldeburgh Moot Hall.

In the north of the county, there is the River Blyth, near Halesworth. From there the walk takes you along the river to Walberswick.

You can walk along the Gipping River from Stowmarket to Claydon. The route, close to the railway line will take you through Needham Market, where you can stop for refreshments on this small town’s high street.

Wherever you are in Suffolk, you are not far from a river.