Sizewell C site walks

**Stop Sizewell C will lead the below circular walk, starting and ending at The Eel’s Foot in Eastbridge, on the following date(s).

  • Monday 1 August 2022, departing 3pm (walk & talk takes around 3 hours)
If you want to join, please let us know by emailing info@stopsizewellc.org, so we can let you know if we have to cancel for any reason.
Please be aware that taking part is at your own risk. You should be confident that you can comfortably walk 5 miles. The majority of the distance is on good footpaths with a short section of road at the start but waterproof footwear is recommended, especially in the winter months. The terrain is otherwise generally flat and dry/sandy underfoot, although the track through Kenton Hills and footpath from the sluice can be muddy after rain. Sociable dogs are welcome but must be on a lead on the beach section near the Minsmere Sluice during the Little Tern nesting season. Stop Sizewell C (TEAGS Ltd) accepts no liability for any injury, accidents, loss or damage suffered in, or by reason of, the walk, however such may be caused.
If you cannot join our guided walk, this page outlines self-guided walks that can be taken through the proposed Sizewell C construction site.

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 and a half hours, or a return walk from Kenton Hills carpark to the beach takes around 1hr 30. Note that both walks have some flooding and require wellingtons.

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 kissing gate 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. An earth bund would be constructed along this boundary.

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 Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 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. When you see a sign marked with a number 10, turn to the right and a wooden bridge and boardwalk which crosses two streams (Leiston Drain and Sizewell Drain). At this point you need to imagine a permanent bridge several metres above your head as this is where the access road crosses the drains to reach the main platform. 6 hectares of SSSI will be lost forever.

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. Your view from here will encompass the locations of the main site, the permanent and temporary beach landing facility and the coastal defences. Much of the dune slack will be buried under these defences.

To return to Eastbridge, turn left and walk north to the Minsmere Sluice. Observe EDF’S visualisation of the view from this point during construction (above, copyright Sizewell C Co).

Then turn inland through a gate on the south side of the Sluice (the one to the north will take you into Minsmere Reserve). Follow the well defined path back to Eastbridge Farm (but watch for a hole in the footpath under trees near the Poplars), or you can take the deviation that brings you closer to the site of the proposed reservoir, as shown on the map below

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.