The Suffolk Coast
  • Beachcombing Covehithe - image courtesy of Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB
  • Beachcombing at  Bawdsey by Gill Moon

Beachcombing on The Suffolk Coast

As we head into Autumn and the weather starts to change, now’s the time to dig out the warm clothing, the walking shoes and head to the fabulous beaches along The Suffolk Coast. Forget about sand castles, paddling and topping up your tan, now’s the time to wander along our beaches, whiling away the hours with a spot of beachcombing.Beachcombers follow the "tide lines" on the beach and collect objects that the sea deposits on the shore. And the North Sea, being one of the roughest stretches of open water in the world, gives up seashells of every kind, fossils, pottery shards, historical artifacts, sea glass (beach glass) and driftwood. Wood, plastics and all manner of things that have been lost or discarded by seagoing vessels will be collected by some beachcombers, as long as the items are either decorative or useful in some way to the collector.BeachcombingAn added bonus to serious beachcombers and Sunday afternoon strollers alike is that the Suffolk Coast is a great place to find amber. In fact, the stretch of the Suffolk Coast between Southwold and Felixstowe is known as The Amber Coast. Amber is fossilised tree resin and any you find on our coast is likely to have originated in ancient forests that grew where the Baltic Sea is today.Don’t expect to see that warm, golden glow that we all associate with amber. That colouring only comes after expending a good deal of elbow grease in polishing the stone. In its natural form amber is a dull brown which means you’ll need to look carefully!Some have turned their hobby of beachcombing into art – making jewellery, pictures and so much more. Many of our local art galleries and souvenir shops sell ‘beach art’ – all made from beachcombing forays along the Suffolk Coast.So wrap up warm, head to the coast and relax a while as you ‘dip your toe’ into beachcombing. You never know what you’ll find…

Things to see and do


Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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where to stay


Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage

Lowestoft

Located on the cliff top at Pakefield on the Suffolk coast, Beach Cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline.

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Pebble Cottage

Pebble Cottage

Lowestoft

Nestling on the cliff top at Pakefield, on the Suffolk coast and with stunning sea views

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Free wifi