The Suffolk Coast
  • Dog friendly walks on The Suffolk Coast

Summer walks for you and your 4 legged friend

The beautiful Suffolk Coast has always been a favourite destination for dog lovers with its lush green countryside, coastal paths and miles of glorious beaches. In the height of the summer months when most beaches are off limits for our four legged friends, there are still some ‘tail waggingly’ good walking trails to explore…

Dunwich Forest is a real treat for dogs and owners alike. Look out for the free of charge forestry car park on the Westleton Road just before you arrive in Dunwich. The paths here take you through glorious woodland as well as open areas of heath where you might be lucky enough to spot a few of the rare Dartford Warblers who are resident this time of year. You’ll find an abundance of picnics spots en route to recharge and refresh – This is ‘dog heaven’ and not too bad for humans either! For more information, Dunwich Heath have put together this helpful guide to taking your dog: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach/visitor-information/dogs

For something less rural, the quintessential Suffolk market town of Bungay and the surrounding area offers three great circular walking routes to choose from.

There's a selection of free and pay and display parking available, allowing you to start from the Earsham Street Café for the shorter option; a two and a half mile stroll around Outney Common.

For the more ambitious, take on the five and a half mile 'Bigod Way' walk around Bungay, Earsham and the Bath Hills. Probably a walk for the more experienced walkers among us, requiring sturdy boots and a copious supply of water!

Westleton Heath is at its best during summer months and in August you’ll find it carpeted with a blaze of fragrant, purple heather. There are paths galore here, winding through woodland glades, across fields and moorland and along trickling streams. In summer, parts of the trail need to be on lead, but there are plenty of areas for off lead walkies as well.

Summer dog friendly walks - HarryIf your idea of a stroll with your canine chum is rather more laid back, Aldeburgh may be the answer. Break up your walk with a stop off at one of the dog friendly drinking establishments in this pretty coastal town. The White Hart Pub greets dogs with open paws and even allows well behaved ones inside if the weather leaves a little to be desired. Or, check out the mouth-watering refreshments on offer at The Brudenell Hotel where your pooch is welcome to chill out on the outside terrace.

Taking in fields and riverside paths, along the sea wall and over stiles, the 6.4 mile walk commencing at Felixstowe Ferry is for the seasoned dog walker. The walk takes at least 3 hours, but is worth it to take in views of the Deben estuary.

For a slightly easier stroll, walk along the River Deben, and enjoy views of the UK's last working tide mill in Woodbridge. Free parking is available at The Avenue car park, so you can enjoy the walk and finish the day with a meander round some of the shops in the historic market town.

Whatever your plans, make sure you are well equipped with plenty of water for man and dog and take regular breaks out of the full sun, but most of all have lots of summer fun with your best friend!

Things to see and do


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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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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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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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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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


Rendlesham Forest - Summer Wild Forest foods

Rendlesham Forest - Summer Wild Forest foods

Snape | Sun 19th Jul 2015

Find out all about edible plants in the forest with identification tips, guidance and the opportunity to sample summer treats at the end. 10:30 – 1.30pm

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WHERE TO EAT


Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Whether you want to use The Ship at Dunwich as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.

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Dog friendly