So Natural - Dunwich Heath

The National Trust calls it ‘a precious landscape on the Suffolk coast’, and there’s no doubt that Dunwich Heath offers a true sense of being at one with nature.

A rare and peaceful habitat, the Heath is home to special species including the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar, Woodlark, Ant-lion and Adders, and from July to September it’s a patchwork of pink and purple heather and coconut-scented yellow gorse. 

The Heath provides a picturesque backdrop to a mile-long beach that’s rarely busy and perfect for a slow stroll along the water’s edge. But if you’d prefer to step out with purpose, why not borrow a GPS and go geocaching? Or you could spend the day discovering Dunwich, at one time the unofficial capital of East Anglia and a bustling seaport with eight churches, five houses of religious order and the port responsible for major trades including the export of wool and grain and the import of fish, fir and timber. 

Waggy tails are welcome throughout Dunwich Heath – dogs are invited inside the tea room for a rest and a cool drink of water, and they can be let off the lead on the beach all year round.