Needham MarketIpswich

Neeips one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Needham Market and Ipswich.

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Needham Market
Grid Ref TM0909954875
Lat / Lon 52.15256° / 1.05513°
Easting / Northing 609,099E / 254,875N
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Grid Ref TM1571943804
Lat / Lon 52.05063° / 1.14474°
Easting / Northing 615,719E / 243,804N

Neeips One's land is

Arable 15.1%
Other 1.9%
Pasture 38.9%
Urban 40.1%
Water 3.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



01 Apr 2024 Spring

A very beautiful walk.

Upon leaving Ipswich the first stretch is largely tarmac main roads and alongside an loud A-road which is the slight downside of this walk however we did manage to march this quickly which lead us to some delightful landscapes.

A very good variation of places. Lots of open fields, lots of lovely animals, huge tall trees and a few old mill buildings.

As mentioned previously, a bridge closure that could cause a large diversion route for some.

Tiril Sofie Berg

31 Mar 2024 Spring

Beautiful, open landscapes lead you through farm fields and greater parts of the trip alongside the river. Be mindful of clarification of routes, as well as the close bridge, that earlier reviewer Thom Brisco refers to.

Thom Brisco

29 Mar 2024 Spring

Setting out from Ipswich, the long straight Old / Norwich Road quickly takes you out of the city along paved surfaces before the trail takes you off road to track the course of the River Gipping. Flanked by fields, ponds, and woodland, this winding river path is a gentle and pretty walk.

There are two areas where Slow Ways’ recommended route would benefit from some adjustment. I have attached two images clarifying the correct route of paths (marked in red), firstly where the trail enters Great Blakenham, and secondly to the south of Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm where the current (blue marked) route has you wondering whether you should be crossing some unnecessary bridges. Passing the farm there were lots of big, beautiful beasts to wave at on the north bank of the river. As you leave the farm, turning north, you should stay on the path running on the eastern side of the railway line.

As of March 2024, a bridge over Old River remains closed where Old River meets the River Gipping – this is located between Pipps Lock and Creeting Lock. Whilst the bridge is fenced off, local walkers assured us that it remained structurally sound and in regular use; we crossed without issue. Future walkers should approach this stretch of the route with caution, establishing whether the bridge has become impassable or whether construction works are taking place.


02 Feb 2024 Winter

Previously walked the river Gipping from Ipswich to Stowmarket. There is footbridge closed between Pipps Ford lock and Creeting lock.

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