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It looks fantastic, and it’s incredibly varied. The Suffolk Coast stretches for some 50 miles from Lowestoft down to Felixstowe. Combining the traditional English seaside with places of natural beauty and cultural interest, this coastline offers visitors a huge variety of things to do.

There’s plenty of holiday cottage accommodation along the 50 mile stretch and throughout Suffolk itself, so you won’t be stuck finding a base for your explorations.

 

Natural Suffolk

The Suffolk Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Minsmere is one of the RSPB’s top reserves for rare and well-loved birds. The reserve offers a range of different walks, taking in woodland, wetland and the coastline.

The wild birds you’re likely to see include the Avocet, Bittern, Nightingale and Marsh Harrier. Minsmere is also home to red deer, and the red deer rut, in the

Autumn, provides the spectacular sight of stags fighting over the right to mate with female deer.

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust manages different reserves along the coast, including Gunton Meadow, Carlton and Oulton Marshes and Trimley Marshes. Visiting  these places, you’ll see many different species of wildlife, and experience spectacular views of rural Suffolk.

On the coast at Southwold you can explore inland and visit the Blyth Valley. This is ideal for walking, cycling as well as seeing wildlife. There are plenty of beautiful villages to visit along the River Blyth, and some unique sights, such as the Old Chapel at Walpole, and Holton Mill, with its distinctive white sails.

At the southern end of the Suffolk Coast, at Felixstowe, is the Landguard Peninsula, which includes the Landguard Nature Reserve and Landguard Fort. This stretch of shingle coastline is home to migrating birds and rare flowers and plants, and it’s another great spot for cycling and walking.

 

Best Beaches in Suffolk

No visit to the coast is complete without going to the beach, and Suffolk is blessed with many beautiful beaches. Here’s a selection of the best ones.

At Lowestoft, Claremont Pier has a lovely stretch of sandy beach that also hosts a variety of watersports and provides good access to the East Point Pavilion. Just south of Claremont Pier is another stretch of sand known locally as Victoria Beach.

Aldeburgh Beach combines sand and shingle and is a popular family destination; while the Denes Beach, at Southwold, is a quieter location, close to the mouth of the River Blyth.

Southwold itself is a busy but charming resort town and Southwold Pier Beach is a shingle beach by the 800ft long pier. The gently sloping South Beach at Felixstowe is another popular family spot, backed by a scenic promenade and beyond that, gardens.

If you’re looking for something a bit less busy, then beyond the sand dunes you’ll find a lovely little beach at

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, close to the local nature reserve.

There’s a beach along the Suffolk Coast to suit most tastes, whether you want to get closer to nature, or experience the peculiarly English charm of a traditional seaside setting.