Suffolk Coast & Heaths Top 5 Summer Spots
Suffolk is blessed with no-end of breathtaking coastline, countryside, forests, towns and rivers. To help you decide which locations within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB (areas of outstanding natural beauty) to visit this summer, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 must-see destinations.
Each of our top 5 destinations will deliver you a truly different day out. Whether you’re looking to splash about on Suffolk’s shores, go off the beaten track on the vibrant heathland, or relax and unwind along the river ways, there really is something for everyone.
1. A Delightful day at the beach in Dunwich: Dunwich is one of Suffolk’s many beautiful beaches, and at first glance it is easy to see why it’s AONB. Suffolk is renowned for its glorious coastline and this beach is just one of the many beautiful spots scattered along the shore. The shingle beach provides miles of peaceful seascapes, with free parking and with the option to continue a walk to Walberswick, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s also plenty to see and do in Dunwich, known as the lost city of England.
2. Exploring the Heathland at Sutton and Hollesley Commons: The Suffolk countryside boasts beautiful heathland that is a defining feature of its geography. There are a number of great heathland spots to choose from, including Sutton and Hollesley Commons. Close to the historic town of Woodbridge, the commons are home to vibrant wildlife such as Nightjars, Woodlarks and Adders. The heath is breathtaking all year-round and this area provides one of the largest remaining continuous strips of Sandlings heath.
3. Following the River Stour: The Stour is one of Suffolk’s five estuaries and following the course of its winding river is a great way to spend a day by the water. There are also plenty of places in villages along the river, and at riverside moorings for a delicious pub lunch. Whether you’re exploring the River Stour on foot via one of the many riverside walking routes, or trying out your sea legs by hiring a boat, there are some great spots to discover.
4. Take on the town in Aldeburgh: Aldeburgh is one of The Suffolk Coast’s most picturesque towns and is the perfect way to take in some of the brilliant seaside amenities. If you’re looking to extend your visit to Aldeburgh, why not take a look at The Suffolk Coast guide to eating, drinking and staying locally. There is also an excellent Food and Drink Festival that takes place annually in late September, which is sure to tickle even the most discerning of taste buds. With a host of quaint shops, traditional seafront, boutiques and local cafes and restaurants, Aldeburgh is a charming day out.
5. Watching wildlife in Rendlesham Forest: Suffolk’s extensive wildlife really must be seen to be believed, and Rendlesham Forest is the ideal place to just that. Rendlesham Forest is a secluded spot close to Woodbridge, home to both the Nightjar and Woodlark, and even its very own UFO Mystery! Have a look at the Forestry Commission guide to the area for even more things to see and do in and around this fantastic forest.