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Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB

Cycle along the seafront, take a walk along the many coastal paths or get the adrenalin pumping on a boat ride.

Whether it’s kite-surfing at speed or a gentle round of golf, there’s no better place to get active in the water and on land too!

Ideas for a 3-day itinerary
in Suffolk and Norfolk
Day 1

A national walking trail is being created around the whole of the English coast and the Norfolk section was one of the first to open.  Explore the beautiful unspoilt coastline using one of the National Trail’s specially designed circular walks. Spend the night in Sheringham, a traditional seaside resort with plenty of shops and cafes, known for its carnivals and Blue Flag beach.  Sheringham's Beeston Bump offers a good view inland and of the coastline.

Day 2

Spend today discovering Britain’s ‘magical waterland’. The Broads National Park is the largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway in the country.  Hire a boat, canoe or kayak from one of the many hire centres and explore the inland waterways or enjoy the beautiful landscape on foot or by bike. Overnight in Great Yarmouth – Norfolk’s premier beach resort and one of the main gateways to the Broads – where you’ll find plenty of evening entertainment. 

Day 3

You’ll find Suffolk has a distinctly different feel! Especially in Thorpeness. As you walk around the village you’ll spot a fairy-tale ‘House in the Clouds’. Enjoy a coastal walk in RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve, home to a staggering variety of wildlife, before heading to Dunwich or Saxmundham for a well-earned lunch. In the afternoon explore Orford Ness. Managed by the National Trust, the nature reserve has a fascinating military and Cold War History which can be explored from March to October. 

Fairhaven Garden boat trip, Norfolk (Photo: Broads NPA)
Ideas for a 5-day itinerary
in Norfolk and Suffolk
Day 1

The Stena Line ferry to Harwich arrives early in the morning so make time to have breakfast in the town before driving to Suffolk. We suggest starting your tour with a gentle walk at Flatford Mill in the heart of Constable Country, or perhaps hiring a kayak or boat to row along the river.  Have lunch at Woodbridge before exploring the Suffolk countryside nearby on foot.   Between March and October you can take a boat out to Orford Ness Nature Reserve, a fascinating wildlife area littered with historical artefacts. Check the National Trust site for details of guided walks.  Spend the night in the Aldeburgh area.

Day 2

Hire bikes in Aldeburgh or nearby Sizewell and cycle along the coast to Dunwich.  Make sure you give yourselves ample time for a visit to the Snape Maltings arts and cultural centre, and perhaps take in an evening concert before spending a further night in Aldeburgh.

Day 3

A national walking trail is being created around the whole of the English coast and the Norfolk section was one of the first to open.  Spend the day exploring the beautiful coastline on foot, perhaps using a local bus to make it a round trip.  Spend the night in Cromer.

Cycling along the Suffolk Coast (Photo: Cyclebreaks.com)
Day 4

Explore more of the Norfolk coast on foot today. Alternatively try a round of golf on one of the fabulous coastal courses or have a go at kite surfing.  Spend the night in Great Yarmouth – gateway to the Broads National Park – or one of the surrounding villages.

Day 5

Spend the day discovering the unique wetland of the Broads National Park.  Hire a boat and explore the inland waterways or enjoy the beautiful landscape on foot or by bike before driving back to the Stena Line ferry at Harwich.

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