Southwold Pier


The England Coast Path is a new National Trail all around England's coast. It's opening in sections and will be complete in 2020. When it is complete it will be one of the longest coastal walking routes in the world. 

The England Coast Path is happening because of a completely new right of access that gives everyone the legal right (on a defined route) to explore our coast for the very first time. It is much more than just a path, it gives access to beaches, cliff-tops, and most of the wonderful habitats around our coast.

Southwold Pier is working with Natural England, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB to help develop this path along the Suffolk coast.

This is an exciting project to develop a new coastal walk north from Southwold Pier up to Covehithe. This path will showcase the beautiful landscape north of Southwold, an area nationally designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and enhance sections along the Suffolk Coast Path.

The Pier Path will include new sections of path, new way markers and interpretation boards along the route to help walkers get the most form their stay on the Suffolk Coast. The path will be upgraded to make easily accessible for many walkers and some sections will be tidal so new tide timetables will be created at Southwold Pier and Covehithe to help visitors.

The route will be approximately 8 miles long and development work will start in Spring 2016. It is hoped the path will be fully completed by 2017.

The Pier Path is being funded by kind donations from Southwold Pier and its customers.