The Suffolk Coast
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Last of the Summer Walks…

Why not celebrate the end of the summer by donning some sturdy shoes and exploring The Suffolk Coast in the best possible way – by foot!

Late summer is a perfect time for taking to the many established footpaths or creating your own walking routes. The weather is still comfortably warm and it’s fabulous to watch out for the signs of the new season making its entrance!

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) so take your time to appreciate it in all its glory.  There are routes suitable for all levels of interest and ability, so whether you're a serious long distance walker or just fancy a short stroll in some beautiful countryside, there's bound to be something suitable.  There are even some routes which are suitable for baby buggyies and wheelchairs too so that everyone can be included – not forgetting the family dog of course!

Heathland and countryside rambles are perfect for gathering berries which are ripe for the picking in September. Blackberries are a favourite, delicious in a blackberry and apple crumble and look out for sloe berries as well…

Sloes are part of the same family as plums, cherries and peaches. Foragers create sloe gin by storing the sloes in a jar with white sugar and gin. The jar is stored in a cool dark place for a few months, shaken every few days. By Christmas the sloe gin is a dark liqueur which can be had neat or with tonic!

Last of the Summer Walks - Berries - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Countryside walks can also be made into fun activities for young families – give the children a check list of items to collect – acorns, conkers and types of leaves as well as getting them to spot wild animals and insects.

Take in the refreshing sea air by opting for a stroll on one of The Suffolk Coast’s wonderful beaches or coastal trails – enjoy the solitude of peaceful far reaching sands which only a few weeks ago were heaving with summer visitors. There are so many to choose from and all quite different too so you can plan to explore them all. And, if the sea breeze is a little chilly, stop of at a cosy beach cafe for a warming hot chocolate to help you on your way.

Suffolk’s quaint little market towns are also great for ambling around, whether it’s exploring some of the quirky shops, finding bargains at an antiques fair or stocking up of locally grown fruit and veg at a Farmer’s Market. Check out historical buildings and museums too which tale the tales of years gone by.

The banks of Suffolk’s meandering inland waterways, rivers and the broads are perfect pathways for walkers who are keen to spot wildlife.

The River Alde at Snape Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary. Being tidal, it’s a place of glistening mud and shallow open water filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months.

For walking guides and dowloadable maps, check out our Walking Guide!

Things to see and do


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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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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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Ipswich Town and Waterfront

Championing Ipswich as a great place to visit and stay. Promoting local events, places of interests, arts, theatre and culture of the historic town.

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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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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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

Angels and Pinnacles helps you discover Suffolk’s magnificent medieval churches, among the finest in Europe.

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Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival

The Suffolk Walking Festival celebrates both walking and the wonderful and diverse Suffolk countryside. This year's Festival takes place from 13th May - 4th June and is the 10th anniversary of the Festival.

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Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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events


Alde Valley Lamb - Open Day

Alde Valley Lamb - Open Day

Saxmundham | Sat 30th Sep 2017

Come and join us for a farm walk at White House Farm in Great Glemham - part of Great Glemham Farms and the home of Alde Valley Lamb.

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Defeat Dementia Fun Day & Sponsored Walk

Defeat Dementia Fun Day & Sponsored Walk

Lowestoft | Sun 01st Oct 2017

Alzheimer's Research UK Lowestoft Fundraising Group are pleased to invite you to Lowestoft's Royal Green for a day of fun events. The sponsored walk sets off at 10.00am, along the seafront to Kensington Gardens and back, and will be led by Pleasurewood Hill's mascot Woody Bear. 

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