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National Trust Orford Ness

Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and perfected.

Suffolk's secret coast - wild, remote and exposed. Known locally as the 'island' Orford Ness is accessed via the National Trust ferry Octavia and contains the ruined remnants of a disturbed past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, this National Nature Reserve sees rare and fragile wildlife thrive where weapons, including atomic bombs, were tested and perfected.

Trails lead through coastal grazing marsh and vegetated shingle habitats to the sea, taking in wildlife, ex-military testing areas, buildings and displays.

The Ness is exposed to the elements so please dress appropriately and wear footwear suitable for a 5-mile walk.

Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit, the largest in Europe. Follow trails through a stunning landscape and a history that will both delight and intrigue.

Please note: there is a charge for ferry over to the nature reserve (including members). Tickets are limited and sold on the day only so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. No bikes or dogs (assistance dogs welcome) allowed.

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