Gipping Valley walks – two leaflets published by the River Gipping Trust

We have updated the two walking leaflets making the route of the river and your walk a little clearer.  We have also included a QR code which you can scan using your phone whilst enjoying your walk.

The Trust has published two walk leaflets which follow the route of the Stowmarket Navigation, now known as the Gipping Valley River Path. If you would like us to post them to you, please use the Contact us link.

How to plan your walk

The railway is a useful option when planning your walking route.  Stowmarket and Ipswich stations are very close to the river at each end.  Most of us prefer not to tackle the whole 17 miles in one go and Needham Market station is a useful midpoint where an old cattle tunnel runs underneath the north end of the platform and leads to Needham Lakes.  There is also a good bus service, the No. 88 bus stops at various points between Ipswich, Needham Market and Stowmarket.  There are plenty of access points and parking for those coming by car and many circular routes can be chosen through countryside footpaths using an OS map.  Several pubs, cafes and restaurants are close to each station and villages along the route.

You can download both walks in one document from the link below.

Additional Information

The footpath beside the River Gipping is based mainly on the old towing path used by the  barge men and their horses. It was adopted by Suffolk County Council in the 1970s and became an official Long Distance path. The Council is responsible for maintaining the path so it can be used throughout the year by walkers.

It sometimes happens that during the summer months in particular the path becomes somewhat overgrown. Any problems of this nature should be reported using the Suffolk County Council’s website.

A website called My Corner of Suffolk has many articles about walks and places of interest in Suffolk. The auther has recently published a piece about his walk from Ipswich to Needham Market alongside the river. Read the River Gipping Trail and then have a look at all the other interesting places in Suffolk.

Another website with useful route details for the stretch between Needham Market and Ipswich along the Gipping Valley Way is Griffmonster Walks.

Needham Market Walks (CIO) has produced an updated (February 2023) free booklet with a collection of 11 circular walks from Needham Market of varying distances from 2 miles to 9 miles.  The booklet which you can download here has comprehensive directions, diagrams and photographs.