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Signs of Spring

The sun is out and the air is mild; it's the perfect time to pop on the walking shoes and head out into the great outdoors to spot the signs of spring. We've put together a selection of our favourite spring walks; taking in snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, birds chirping and blossom scents. 

This walk gives you two options, a 5 mile longer route from The Westleton Crown to The Ship at Dunwich or a shorter 3.5 mile walk from The Ship to The Westleton Crown. The routes take you past Minsmere lakes, Dunwich Woods and Westleton Heath where you can spot Bluebells, butterflies and grazing Dartmoor Ponies.

Dunwich Heath and Beach credit Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB M Farrow

A 5.5 mile walk starting in the historic town of Bungay. Commence at Bigod's Castle before strolling along the River Waveney; be on the look-out for Otters, Kingfishers and a plethora of bird-life. You will join the Angles Way before finishing back in the town where you can enjoy a refreshing pint or coffee and cake in one of the many pubs and cafes. 


Close to the natural wildlife haven of the River Blyth, there are a network of footpaths and bridleways to explore around the pretty coastal village of Walberswick. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the area is home to a wide variety of animals and bird-life including 5 species of deer, Natterjack Toads, Bitterns, Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits, Woodlarks and Nightjars.

Walberswick-M.FARROW-rectangle

This route takes you through part of the RSPB's Stour Bride Estuary Reserve ancient woodland. The habitat of a range of woodland and plant-life including Wood Spurge, Yellow Archangel and lBuebells, in the spring, the forest floor is carpeted with the pretty white flowers of the Woodland Anemone. 

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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Alde Valley Spring  Festival

Alde Valley Spring Festival

Saxmundham

A four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts in the beautiful Upper Alde Valley.

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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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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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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

Wild Days Conservation - Suffolk Coast Holidays

A new initiative in 2016 to run wildlife conservation and research holidays on the Suffolk coast, one of Britain's most beautiful places. These are holidays that people will enjoy, even when they're working hard and possibly getting muddy into the bargain!

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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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events


The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2017

Woodbridge | Sat 13th May - Sun 04th Jun 2017

Save the date for this fantastic walking festival, with a large programme of guided walks across Suffolk from the 13th May - 4th June 2017.

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Birdwatching for beginners - RSPB Minsmere

Birdwatching for beginners - RSPB Minsmere

Westleton |

Head to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk to learn how to identify some of the fantastic species of birds which can be found on the reserve in January 2016

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Suffolk Coast Cycle Ride

Suffolk Coast Cycle Ride

Woodbridge | Sun 07th Aug 2016

A beautiful Summer day's cycling around the heathland, fields and coast of the Suffolk countryside. 

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2016 Women's Tour - Stage 1

2016 Women's Tour - Stage 1

| Wed 15th Jun 2016

The Aviva Women's Tour will return to East Anglia for the opening stage of the race, as the world's top riders head from Southwold to Norwich on Wednesday 15 June.

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Heath Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Heath Walks at RSPB Minsmere

Westleton |

Walking can make you feel good, give you more energy and keep your heart ‘strong’.  Escape your home and join our friendly guides on a gentle walk in some beautiful landscapes at RSPB Minsmere.

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#Minsmerespring

#Minsmerespring

Westleton |

Take part in our self-guided spring treasure trail as you look for signs of spring at Minsmere.

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Pond Dipping and Family Nature Walk

Pond Dipping and Family Nature Walk

Westleton |

Join us as we dip our nets in the Minsmere pond to search for what life is present, then discover more about Minsmere’s spring wildlife on a fun nature ramble.

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Spring into Action at RSPB Minsmere

Spring into Action at RSPB Minsmere

Westleton |

Take part in our self guided quiz trail looking for signs of spring, then make your own bird or butterfly friendly plant pot, using recycled newspaper.

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Binocular and Telescope Open Days

Binocular and Telescope Open Days

Westleton |

Come along to RSPB Minsmere for advice on choosing the right binoculars, telescopes and accessories.  


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Planet Birdsong

Planet Birdsong

Westleton |

As the first summer visitors begin to return, we’re working with Planet Birdsong for a fun interactive exploration of birdsong.

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Health Walks at North Warren

Health Walks at North Warren

Aldeburgh | Wed 13th Apr 2016

Escape your home and enjoy fresh air, beautiful landscapes and meet new friends with heath walks as RSPB North Warren.

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Marvellous Minibeasts

Marvellous Minibeasts

Kessingland |

Celebrate the bank holiday with some marvellous minibeasts at Africa Alive!

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Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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