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Suffolk Yurt Holidays is the perfect place from which to experience beaches and nature reserves, walking, cycling, music, food, literary festivals and much more...
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This area of Suffolk has an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Please see Suffolk Coasts and Heaths for more info.
Managed by the excellent Suffolk Wildlife Trust, this is one of our favourite woods in the area. It has a light, airy, peaceful atmosphere with ancient trees, fallow deer and one of the greatest expanses of bluebells in the county.
Famed for its music, Snape also has cafes, shops, galleries, beautiful nature walks (simply following the signposts) and river trips through the spring and summer. There is also a monthly farmers market.
Rendlesham Forest Centre is the main recreation area for the Sandlings Forests, Heaths and the connected Sandlings Walks stretching from Bixley near Ipswich all the way up to Southwold
There are many events throughout the year which are listed on the website and there is play equipment and circular cycle and walking routes through the forest
RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserves
With it's wild landscapes and open skies, the Centre has many special events and choice of circular nature walks and birdwatching hides. You may even see the semi-wild horses and red deer. Binocular hire is only £2.50 + deposit t: 01728 648281
Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre and Beach, Dunwich
This is a huge area of beautiful coastal heath land with well sign posted walks through the purple heather and along the cliff tops, with great views over the North Sea. There's also a long pebble beach, great for a walk to RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve or to the village of Dunwich.
The Cafe at Dunwich Heath - A National Trust owned cafe serving hot foods and ice creams in the old coastguard cottages on the cliff above the beach.
Near Dunwich is RSPB Dingle Marshes
Theatre in the Forest at Jimmy's Farm by
Red Rose Chain - a magical, not to be missed experience
Invitation to View
Visit some of the most beautiful, private, historic houses and gardens in East Anglia t: 01206 57348 (Mercury Theatre box office) 3 working days in advance to book.
The Walled Garden
A traditional nursery, crammed with lovely plants, and situated in an old idyllic walled garden t: 01728 602510
The Beth Chatto Gardens
Some of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in the UK
Elstead Market, Colchester t: 01206 822007
One of East Anglia's oldest commercial vineyards with free admission to explore the vineyards and try the wine. There are also wine tastings including local cheeses and Experience Days, which includes a tour of the vineyard, lunch and wine t: 01728 724060
The Suffolk Punch Trust
Cafe, displays, animals and walks preserving Suffolk Farm heritage Hollesley,
t: 01394 411327
Baylham Rare Breeds Farm & Cafe
Award winning Best Visitor Experience in Suffolk for the last few years and well worth a visit
t: 01473 830264
Woodbridge is rich in history, picturesque views and welcoming atmosphere. Nestling near the head of the tidal reaches of the River Deben, Woodbridge has a host of independent shops, pubs and restaurants
Landmark sights include the much-photographed historic and working Tide Mill and Buttrum's Windmill. Across the river is the Anglo-Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo operated by the National Trust.
During the summer months all these attractions are linked by an open top bus service on Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a Farmers Market 9am - 1pm 2nd and 4th Sat every month at the Community Centre.
There are also several delightful walks around Woodbridge and the surrounding villages.
The attractive market town of Framlingham is dominated by a Norman castle which was the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk
The Mere alongside the castle is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and a circular footpath enables visitors to appreciate the abundance of wild flowers and wildlife. The Town Trail is a great way of finding out more about the town's history and interesting buildings.
Shawsgate Vineyards are nearby
Set on the serenely unspoilt Suffolk coast, Georgian town of Walberswick is a sepia-tinted, English seaside dream. It's a great place for time on the sandy beach, walking, bird watching and cycling.
Anchor Pub has an award winning wine list, delicious food and hosts great events with Food Safari
There is a small ferry boat to take foot passengers across the River Blyth to Southwold Harbour. (April onwards) t: 01502 478712
Southwold Coastal Voyager sea and river boat trips including seal watching t: 07887 525082
The angling boat Panther Charters m: 07710 224165 or h: 01473 890058 can be chartered from Walberswick mainly cod and bass
Traditional Charter offer bespoke birdwatching tours, seal trips and wildlife tours tailored to suit your requirements - day trips or longer t: 07811 469505
The village of Bawdsey is sited at the end of a long road at the mouth of the River Deben. Although slightly remote, the village attracts the holiday visitor because of its location to the waters edge and its wonderful views out across the estuary.
Bawdsey is very much a place to go to get away from it all. One can get homemade and locally sourced lunches and teas from the Boathouse Cafe
There are an extensive network of cycle paths and walkways, which can be followed on the Ordinance Survey Explorer Maps numbers 212 and 231 (available from us on loan or to buy). It's lovely to combine a walk or cycle with a trip on the Deben Ferries with harbour master John White. Deben ferries cross the river from Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey Quay.
The ferry runs seasonally, carrying foot passengers and cycles from Easter to April at weekends only, 10 am to 5 pm, and daily from May to October, 10 am to 6 pm. Wave the bat at the end of the jetty to call the ferryman. The ferry links the Bawdsey with Old Felixstowe, the fishing boats, seafood sheds and Felixstowe Ferry Cafe.
An exciting visitor centre with many interesting events on the site of a famous ship burial of an anglo-saxon king and his most treasured possessions t: 01394 389714
One of the most delightful villages on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and a true historical gem. In the Middle Ages it was a thriving sea port from where Eleanor of Aquitaine set off to ransom her son Richard Coeur de Lion.
The rivers Alde and Ore still flow past the quay and are home to fishermen, boats and birds. Across the river is Orford Ness National Trust Nature Reserve, the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and a former military test site; downstream is Haversgate Island an RSPB Bird Sanctuary, famous for the avocet.
The village is less than five miles from the Snape Maltings world class concert hall, home to the Aldeburgh Music Festival.
Orford has something to offer to everyone; walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax.
Lady Florence lunch and dinner River Cruise from Orford Quay on the Alde and Ore Rivers and passes several historical landmarks and well-known wildlife spots t: 07831 698298
1 Hour River Trips on Regardless from Orford Quay to see wildlife conservation areas and the rspb Bird Reserve at Haversgate Island t: 07900 230579
There are Boat Trips to Orford Ness National Nature Reserve off Orford Quay from 29 June - 2 Oct
t: 01728 648024
RSPB Havergate Island can be visited by boat from Orford. It's famous as a nesting site for avocets, terns and being able to get in close proximity to its brown hares There are Boat Trips which depart hourly from Orford Quay 9:30am to 1:30pm Sat 15 Aug - Mon 17 Aug booking advised t: 01728 648281
RSPB Boyton Marshes
A highly fashionable destination, Aldeburgh remains largely the same as it has been for decades. While fishermen still sell their daily catch from huts on the beach, the high street boasts a number of award-winning restaurants and bistros.
Independent shops and galleries line the street
Aldeburgh provides the backdrop to a rich musical heritage, with Benjamin Britten's world renowned Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts held in June, plus many other musical experiences throughout the year t: 01728 687100 and there is also much wildlife to see in the area too
RSPB North Warren, Aldeburgh
There are many wonderful walks in this part of Suffolk with its Nature Reserves (see Nature section above), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and from the historic villages of the Suffolk Heritage Coast (see Towns, Villages & Historic Sites section above).
The many footpaths throughout the area, are covered in the 212 & 231 Explorer & 156 Landranger OS Maps (available from us on loan or to buy). There are also more than 70 FREE Suffolk walks available from Walking in Suffolk
This is the perfect place for Suffolk Cycling Holidays, with Bredfield being on the National Route 1, which can link up with the on road National Cycle Network along the Coast. This passes through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The quiet country lanes and off road routes provide a delightful cycling experience (Suffolk Cycle maps are available from us on loan or to buy) . Alternatively, plan a route online with Cycle Streets .
For those who want to bring their bikes for the excellent cycling in the area, one of our stables has lockable bike storage. There is also bike hire with a delivery and collection service and guided day cycle routes from our site for Guests through Steve at East Coast Mountain Biking Pre-booking is advisable.
Much of the character of the area is influenced by the sea and rivers and there are boat trips taking place from Orford, Walberswick (please see towns and villages section).
There are also delightful trips with "The Oystercatcher" and "The Jahan" from Waldringfield Boat Yard from April - Sept t: 01473 736260 on the tranquil , wildlife rich (kingfishers, otters and seals have been seen, plus a wide array of birdlife) Deben River to Ramsholt, Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge and Sutton Hoo.
For those with their own sailing dinghies and canoes, there is a wealth of beautiful unspoilt estuaries and rivers to explore:
www.keepturningleft.co.uk/LocalJourney.php and www.eastcoastrivers.com
For the more active learning sailing experience there is;
Alton Water Sports Centre, Stutton
Based in 400 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, Alton Water offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing for members and day access for visitors. They also have an excellent RYA training centre t: 01473 328408
Deben Water Sports Centre, Woodbridge
located on the idyllic tidal waters of the river Deben at Woodbridge; the small centre offers personal safety equipment, changing facilities and teaching area t: 01394 388682
Bawdsey Quay Leisure Centre
t: 0774 7847263
Great gastro food and atmosphere, well located near the historic town centre of Woodbridge and the tranquil Deben River with it's delightful walks.
Quay Street, Woodbridge
t: 01394 382649
Highly recommended by several of our Guests and a lovely 1 hour'sh country walk or 25 mins cycle each way to the picturesque village of Pettistree.
t: 01728 746451
A lovely spot on the beautiful and tranquil River Deben. Good food and well worth the visit.
Ramsholt, Woodbridge IP12 3AB
t: 01394 411209