Walking guide gives new life to Southwold railway trail

IT is a trail that cuts through a scenic swathe of North Suffolk, giving ramblers a chance to enjoy the wildlife, tranquility and awe-inspiring vistas surrounding Southwold.

Now, more people are being encouraged to take a stroll along the picturesque Southwold Railway and Blyth Valley Walk, with the publication of an updated guide.

The Southwold Railway Trust has republished the booklet which splits the old railway line into four parts with colourful maps, railway history and notes on the surrounding flora and fauna.

The guide was given a revamp after John and Maureen Ridgway re-walked the paths stretching through Southwold, Walberswick, Wenhaston and Halesworth.

Mr Ridgway, of Reydon, said: 'My favourite walk is the Southwold to Blythburgh section. For me, that is the most picturesque part, but all the walks have their interest because it is such lovely countryside.

'The guide was originally written five to six years ago. It needed updating, so we gave it a bit of a revamp.'

The Southwold Railway closed more than 80 years ago in 1929, but the route of the old railway is still defined on the landscape.

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The new guide can be purchased from the Southwold Railway Shop at 27 High Street, Southwold for �6.

For more information, visit www.southwoldrailway.co.uk

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