Walking and Rambling
From the marshes containing colourful flowers and rare plants to a stroll through town or around the common, there are numerous routes providing plenty of variety.
Devised by the Ramblers Association, The Angles Way runs from Great Yarmouth to Knettishall and passes through Beccles. Over 76 miles in length, the trail offers plenty to see. Further details and a map of the trail can be found on the LDWA website.
Discover Suffolk provide a 7 mile circular walk from Beccles leading alongside the River Waveney to the village of Geldeston before crossing the marshes and then returning to Beccles along the Angles Way. A pdf brochure can be downloaded from their website.
If you’d prefer to stick the Beccles Marshes themselves, there are 3 trails of varying lengths from 1 to 5 miles. They are each have waymarking arrows and a map can be downloaded from the Visit Beccles’ website here.
Beccles common provides a mix of open grassland and with scrub and woodland. An overview of the area can be seen on the Ordnance Survey’s website.
Beccles has plenty of history and buildings of interest too, so it’s worth a walk through town to take some of them in. For example, The Beccles and District Museum, open April to Oct, is situated in Leman House - a flint-fronted Grade 1 listed 16th Century building which was once the local school. The building itself is interesting, plus inside is a wealth of information on the area and its history. Legendary actor Sir John Mills attended the school in this location, and lived with his family at 13 - 15 Blyburgate, which is now home to The Marmalade Tree Shop. St Michael’s Church hosted the wedding of the parents of England’s greatest Naval Hero, Lord Horatio Nelson. The Church has a 97ft tall bell tower, from which on a clear day you can see up to 20 miles from the roof and it is open to visitors with guided tours regularly from Easter to late September, but be prepared for the 122 steps!
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