6 Christmas walks in East Anglia and London

Posted on 09/12/2015

We’ve collected 6 great routes around East Anglia and London that are just crying out to be explored this Christmas. So between the last-minute shopping trips and the impromptu drop-ins from friends and family, why not get out and see the very best of East Anglia and London. Whether you follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror in Cambridgeshire or take a beautiful coastal path in Essex, you might just find a new favourite walk that’s right on your doorstep.

1.    Wrabness, Essex

Difficulty: Medium

By Walkingworld

12.07 miles

Starting at the railway station in the small village of Wrabness, this delightful route will take you through woodland and farmland, along coastal backwater with spectacular views and diverse birdlife to the completely secluded Irlam’s Beach, before looping back to Wrabness.

Wrabness - midlands.PNGWrabness – photo by © East Coast Events Guide                         River Stour – photo by © Colnes Angling Society 
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2.    Halvergate Marshes, Norfolk

Difficulty: Easy

By Walkingworld (£)

7.55 miles

Halvergate Marshes is a unique place that enjoys year-round seclusion and is especially quiet in winter. Entirely along tracks, across meadows and involving no road-walking at all, this route takes you alongside Breydon Water and the River Yare and is perfectly-paced for taking in the stunning scenery.

halvergate marshes - east anglia.PNGHalvergate Marshes – photo by © Jeremy halls                  Halvergate Marshes – photo by © Cameron Self
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3.    Felixstowe to Shotley Gate, Suffolk

Difficulty: Hard

By ViewRanger user Pete Hill

26.44 miles

You’d be forgiven for not thinking of Felixstowe as your first choice for a Christmas walk, however this route starts with seafront roads and docks and leads you on to a lovely riverside path. Lanes and woodland paths then take you to Orwell Bridge and back down the river and sea wall to the end point, with stunning views from Shotley Gate. It’s a long one, so do it in stages or check the weather before you set out!

felixstowe to shotley gate - east anglia.PNGOrwell Bridge – photo by © Peter Hill                                     Shoutley Gate – photo by © Oxymoron
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4.    Aldreth Causeway, Cambridgeshire (Countryfile Magazine)

Difficulty: Easy

By Countryfile Magazine

7.72 miles

This fascinating walk in Cambridgeshire contains more than its fair share of history. In the 11th century the Isle of Ely was surrounded by water, swamps and marshes, and as part of his crusade William the Conqueror sought to conquer the isle. Enjoy the now-drained and solid fens with this route along the Aldreth Causeway, which follows part of the same route William the Conqueror took all those years ago.

aldreth causeway - east anglia.PNGAldreth Causeway – photo by © Countryfile                               Aldreth Causeway – photo by © Keeppushingthosepedal
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5.    Barton and Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire

Difficulty: Medium

By the Chiltern Society

8.28 miles

This route takes you through the heart of two of the finest nature reserves in the North Chilterns, linked by the ancient Icknield Way track. Starting and finishing at St Nicholas’ Church and boasting panoramic views and woodland, streams and chalk grassland, it’s home to species of plants and animals rarely spotted in the rest of the region. 

barton and pegsdon hills - east anglia.PNG Barton Hills – photo by © Chiltern Society                      Pegsdon Hills – photo by © Chiltern Society

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6.    Thames Path – London Bridge to Erith, London

Difficulty: Hard

By ViewRanger user Ian Mapp

17.19 miles

Don’t miss this epic walk in the heart of London and take in all the classic views, away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers. Starting in London Bridge and enjoying views of Canary Wharf from three angles along a u-shape, you can always pepper this walk with a stop at one of the many pubs you pass along the way. 

thames path - london.PNG Thames River – photo by © Mattbuck                                     Thames Path Bridge – photo by © Steve Daniels           
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