• Dog friendly walks on The Suffolk Coast

Dog Walks on The Suffolk Coast

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.

Enjoy the remoteness of a wild beach, breath in the fresh sea air and head out for a walk with your four-legged friend! 

National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath - (c) Gill Moon Photography

National Trust Dunwich Heath 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 and towards the beach. 

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.

Bungay's Bigod Way

Bungay Castle - Jon Gibbs

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, for the shorter option; a two and a half mile stroll around Outney Common or for the more ambitious, take on the five and a half mile 'Bigod Way' walk around Bungay, Earsham and the Bath Hills.

The Suffolk Coast's church trails

Walberswick to Westleton - Cycle Trail - Angels & Pinnacles

Probably a walk for the more experienced walkers among us, requiring sturdy boots and a copious supply of water!At Westleton Heath there are paths galore here, winding through woodland glades, across fields and moorland and along trickling streams.

This part of the county is home to some of Suffolk's prettiest churches too; follow the Angels & Pinnacles church trail from St Andrew's Walberswick to St Peter's in Westleton (6.5 miles) or for shorter routes, try the Walberswick to Blythburgh or Southwold to Walberswick routes.

Download the map and trail here:

http://angelsandpinnacles.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/AP-Southwold-Trail-8.pdf 



Felixstowe and the Deben Peninsula



Felixstowe - Man with Dog - (c) Emily Fae Photography

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. Take a look at our guide to the Deben Peninsula for more things to do and walks.

Coastal walk from Kessingland to Pakefield

Pakefield Beach - Church

The wild beaches of Kessingland and Pakefield are perfect for dogs who love a splash in the sea. The cliffs at Kessingland are replaced by dunes, maram grass and fisherman's boats at Pakefield. If you've still got some energy, continue on to the golden sands at Lowestoft, or head into the coastal villages for a wander round the winding coastal lanes.

For more walking routes and inspiration take a look at our Walking Guide



Things to see and do

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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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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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 pedaling 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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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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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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