Winter Walks and Wildlife in the Suffolk Coast

With the trees bare, the ground frozen and many of our summer visitors flown south to warmer climes, it can feel like nature goes into hibernation for the winter. And though it’s true that some creatures and plants to disappear when the mercury plunges, winter is actually a busy period in the natural world, making it a great time to get out and explore the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB.

Bird watching

Though some of the birds that frequent the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB migrate south for the winter, others arrive from colder northern countries to spend December, January and February in our relatively mild climate. What’s more, with many of the leaves fallen from the trees, the birds that are here are much easier to spot. 

Walk through the reed beds from Snape to Iken (the revised Snape Explorer will help with this!) and you’re sure to see flocks of birds on the intertidal mudflats. Winter residents of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, these birds really are a sight to see. Many of the area’s quieter riverside paths are also excellent places to bird watch, with breathtaking birds like hen harriers often visible in the winter months.


Not only with a bike trip across the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB get you nicely warmed up this winter, it’s also a great way to see a little more of the area. There is a fantastic choice of cycle routes throughout the AONB with routes ranging from short 12.5-mile loops to more challenging 27.5-mile trips.

As Suffolk is relatively and flat and the routes are well signposted, they’re suitable for beginners as well as seasoned cyclists. Detailed guides are available for most of the area’s bike paths in our cycling guide and are available for download; making it easy to get out and explore.

Pub lunches

Warm, welcoming, cosy pubs are one of the best things about winter. Here in Suffolk we’re lucky enough to have some of the best pubs in the country. Many of the walking routes in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB go past a choice of fantastic country pubs, so why not plan your route via one of our great locals and warm up with a pub lunch on your wintry walk.  Our Pub Walks Guide has a selection of routes, which are available for download, for you to choose from!

To find out more about the local area, or to buy or download walking and cycling guides, visit our ‘Things to Do’ section.


By Cathy Smith on December 2nd, 2016

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