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Greentraveller's Guide to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

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Posted by Tom Watts at 02:14 on Friday 17 August 2012

As part of our celebration of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the UK, we've published a Greentraveller Guide to Holidays in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, featuring all the best green places to stay, restaurants, cafés and farmshops selling fresh Suffolk produce, plus a variety of outdoor activities and attractions - from exploring the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve, and bird watching in the Stour Estuary, to having a fun-filled family day out at Southwold Pier. There's also all the info you'll need on travelling to and around the AONB by public transport.

A group of walkers explore the coastal heaths © Malcolm FarrowA group of walkers explore the coastal heaths © Malcolm Farrow

Here's a taster of what you'll find in our latest destination guide:

Where to stay

Suffolk Secrets - Whether you’re looking for a country cottage in Southwold, a seaside retreat in Aldeburgh or a traditional beach hut, this award-winning accommodation provider has something for you. Even better, they're accredited by the Green Tourism Business Scheme and believe that helping preserve their natural surroundings is key to their success.
>> Self-catering in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Suffolk Yurt Holidays - Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Suffolk countryside, these four hand-crafted yurts each offer warm and inviting interior with rugs, soft throws, cushions and a wood burning stove complete with a complimentary basket of wood on your arrival. The site is also powered using 100% renewable electricity.
>> Campsites in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Where to eat

Sutherland House Fish Restaurant - Sutherland House Fish Restaurant is not just Southwolds’ only fish restaurant, but also a truly neighbourhood restaurant which serves local food for local people. Head Chef Jed Tejada borders on the fanatical about the provenance of his ingredients, insisting he would rather sell out than serve something that isn’t local or has been frozen.
>> Restaurants in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Aldeburgh Food and Drink festival - This Festival is a two week celebration of the abundance of excellent local food and drink to be found in this part of Suffolk. It features over 90 exhibitors showcasing organic vegetables, fresh and smoked fish, rare breed meat and game, cheeses, frozen yoghurt, jams, beer, wine and lager.
>> Eat local in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Local attractions

Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve - Suffolk Coast NNR is a vast 2500 hectare reserve made up of three different areas; Walberswick, Dingle Marshes and Hen Reedbed. All three are looked after by a partnership involving Suffolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Natural England, which shows just how important the coastal area is to wildlife.
>> Natural spaces in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

Orford Castle - Orford Castle is one of England’s best preserved castles, with a maze of rooms, chambers and passages to explore. This 12th century castle was built by Henry II, back when it was a thriving sea port, and houses an impressive display of historical artefacts including Roman brooches, medieval seals, coins and borough regalia.
>> Cultural spaces in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

The magnificent Orford CastleThe magnificent Orford Castle 

What to do

Walk the Suffolk Coast Path - This picturesque 50-mile walk stretches right the way from Felixstowe to Lowestoft, and can be separated into smaller stages to make it less demanding. Sample even a small section of the route and you'll pass through some of the most characteristic landscapes of the AONB. 
>> Walking in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths

River Stour Electric Boats -  The River Stour Trust runs boat trips in their elegant, Edwardian style (don't forget electric!) launches for up to eight passengers on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Sudbury to Great Henny, and along the Flatford and Dedham Rivers. Why not try a lunch cruise to a riverside restaurant...
>> River cruises in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths 

Explore the way marked Suffolk Coast Path © SCH AONBExplore the way marked Suffolk Coast Path © SCH AONB

Greentraveller's Guide to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB was written and researched by Juliette Dyke and Greentraveller's Tom Watts in collaboration with the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Authority.

>> See all our Greentraveller Guides

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