Nature, walking and birdwatching

You’re spoilt for choice for fabulous walks in this area, which showcase the range of wildlife and countryside whether its marsh, woodland, heath, rolling countryside or the coast. Long distance routes include The Suffolk coastal path which stretches 50 miles from Felixstowe to Lowestoft and the 60 mile Sandlings Walk linking beautiful Sandlings Heath from Ipswich to Southwold. Both of these routes have shorter and circular routes along the way. Closer to home there are plenty of public footpaths around Saxstead, Framlingham, Badingham and Dennington.

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere (of Spring Watch fame) is a fantastic coastal nature reserve featuring splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds, shy wildlife, beautiful bugs and colourful wild flowers in summer.

Orford Ness Nature Reserve

Accessible by a short boat ride, this is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and is an important nature reserve providing a location for breeding and passage birds as well as for the coastal shingle flora and wildlife. From 1913 until the mid-1980s the Ness was used as a secret military test site and today visitors can walk amongst some of the unusual and intriguing test sites and buildings

Woodland Trust’s Pound Farm

Four miles from Framlingham, Pound Farm is 443 acres of mixed woodland with half-a dozen ponds and a variety of footpaths: it’s easy to get lost but the highly rated Crown pub in nearby Great Glemham can offer some succour!

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