Dunwich Heath in Suffolk is where the Sandlings meet the sea. It is a beautiful huge area with open tracts of heather and gorse, shady woods, sandy cliffs and a long unspoilt shingle beach perfect for families and relaxation. This is the place to come if you wish peace and quiet and a true sense of being at one with nature. The heather in bloom is a must-see along with all the amazing wildlife.
There are some lovely walks clearly marked out ranging in average duration from 1 hour to 2 hours. Along the walks in the Spring and Summer you can expect to see Dartford Warblers as they fly low across the heather, Skuas, Terns, waders and wildfowl. In the Autumn you can see flocks of Starlings, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. You may also be lucky and see Hen Harriers, Merlin and Short-Eared Owls hunting over the heath. Kids are well catered for with a children's nature trail which is a great way to explore the heath and its wonderful creatures all year round. The nature-themed children's activity pack offers fun for all the family and kids will also enjoy the Smugglers play area.
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