The Suffolk Coast
  • Family - Photo Credit - Emily Fae

Work off the Mince Pies with a Christmas stroll on The Suffolk Coast

Now, we all love spending time together with family, friends and loved ones over the Christmas holidays - but after an overdose of festive food, drink and ‘The Sound of Music’, it’s quite nice to escape for an hour or so… Why not leave behind the drones of the latest Xbox game and snoring relatives to take an exhilarating walk in the Suffolk countryside, on the coast or simply opt for a stroll through one of our quaint villages?Wildlife is just as abundant in the winter as at any time of the year. A walk at RSPB Minsmere, in Suffolk, offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. In autumn and winter, many wading birds and swans, ducks and geese visit making it a twitcher's paradise!Couple on Nacton Shore - Photo Credit Emily FaeAfter the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, relax and take a more leisurely stroll through town without the crowds! Discover the quintessential British seaside resort of Southwold by meandering along its pretty streets, through to the famous beach hut strewn coastline. Of course there should be an obligatory en route stop for refreshments too! You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome at The Crown nestled in the High Street in the heart of Southwold. The buzzing, informal atmosphere is perfect for families, couples and friends alike and the emphasis on the delicious food is always ‘fresh, local and seasonal’.Blow the cobwebs away with a bracing walk along one of The Suffolk Coasts' many award-winning beaches. A perfect place to take the family dog too, if he’s been feeling a bit neglected during the frenzy of Christmas preparations! Choose from the golden sands of Lowestoft, stretching through to Pakefield and Kessingland, fabulous Felixstowe or the enchanting beach at Aldeburgh.There's a fantastic selection of walking routes along the Suffolk Coast. 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. The Suffolk Coast AONB have produced a series of walking guides which you can download and print off below to help get you off on the right foot and keep you on track! You can check for any footpath changes and updates to routes here before setting off.Wherever you choose to take you festive footsteps, you are likely to return home feeling invigorated and ready for another portion of Christmas pudding!

Things to see and do


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

Nature Reserves

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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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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 Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

The Adnams Crown Hotel is situated in The High Street, in the heart of Southwold. The atmosphere is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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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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Two Magpies Bakery

Two Magpies Bakery

Southwold

Situated Southwold’s High Street, The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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Dog friendly