This page outlines a couple of walks that can be taken through the proposed Sizewell C construction site. During lockdown when people are discouraged from travelling too far for exercise, these walks may only be available to those living close by, but hopefully they will become accessible to more people in future.
Our map can be downloaded as a pdf here: SZC Site Walk but we recommend carrying an OS map (and take no responsibility for anyone getting lost!) The full circular walk from Eastbridge takes 2 – 2 and a half hours, or a return walk from Kenton Hills carpark to the beach takes around 1hr 15, to 1hr 30. Note that both walks have some flooding and require wellingtons at present (Feb ’21)
From Eastbridge: Head south out of the village past Eastbridge Farm on your right. Continue up the road passing a field entrance on your left at a right hand bend, and take the bridleway on the left 50 yards further on.
Turn right at the Round House and follow the track which will pass between the sites for borrow pits (quarries) and spoil heaps on your left and the site of the (mostly) 4-storey campus for 2,400 workers and extensive car parking on your right.
Pass Upper Abbey Farm – shortly after which the proposed new permanent site access road would cross – and continue to the start of the woods at Kenton Hills, with a gate and stile on the left. This is where the proposed railway line would cross into the construction site.
Cross the stile and follow the track just within the edge of the wood. All the area to your left would be part of the construction site, with the railway line and unloading area running along the edge of the wood.
Follow the track for about a mile, ignoring any turnings, until you see the wood rising ahead of you. Do not go up the hill (this is Goose Hill, much of which will be felled) but turn right and follow the Sandlings Walk marker around the base of the hill, where you will begin to see Sizewell Marsh on your right and Sizewell A & B in the distance.
A little further along the track leaves the marsh behind and you will see wet woodland on your right. At the point where the track bears left you will see a turning to the right and a wooden bridge and boardwalk which crosses two streams (Leiston Drain and Sizewell Drain). This path is frequently flooded but can be crossed with care and wellington boots.
At the end of the boardwalk, pass through a small gate and follow the path onto the beach near a series of WWII “tank traps” at the northern end of the proposed Sizewell C platform. Sizewell A & B are to the south.
Turn left and walk north along the beach, or track behind the dunes, to the Minsmere Sluice. Then turn inland through a gate on the south side of the Sluice (the one to the north will take you into Minsmere Reserve). You can either follow the well defined path back to Eastbridge Farm, or take the deviation that brings you closer to the site of the proposed reservoir, as shown on the map.
From Kenton Hills carpark: Walk north along the main track for a few yards until you see a gate and stile on the right. This is where the proposed railway line would cross. Follow the directions above to the beach. Return the same way. A slight variation is possible on the return by turning right after crossing back over the streams and following the track around the edge of Goose Hill, with fine views to the north towards Minsmere. A short circuit of Goose Hill will bring you back onto the main track, where a right turn will lead you back to the carpark.