Distance: approx. 4 miles
Time: 1½ to 2 hours depending on your pace
Terrain: flat with well-maintained paths/track and shingle beach
Stops: The Ship at Dunwich and tea rooms
Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 231
Start point OS reference: 478 706
The walk, starting in the heart of the village, skirts the edge of Dunwich Forest before opening up into magnificent views across the largest freshwater reedbed in Britain. To the north Walberswick and Southwold can clearly be seen on the horizon however even with civilisation in view there is a sense of wilderness, splendid isolation and breath taking beauty.
1. Park at the beach car park in Dunwich and walk back towards the village centre. Keeping The Ship at Dunwich and Dunwich museum on your left walk through the village until you reach St James Church. At this point follow the road round to the right.
2. At Bridge House Nurseries & Tearoom turn right following the Bridleway/Suffolk Coastal Path sign. Keep to the right of all buildings following the well maintained track. You will see a sign ‘Resident Vehicle Access Only’ continue on this track
3. After approx. 20 minutes the track passes Dingle Stone House on your right and then Foxburrow on you left. Here the track turns to the right and through a wooded area.
4. Having followed the track for a short while you will come to a wooden gate. Pass through the gate and you will soon see ahead of you and red brick building (Great Dingle Farm). Before reaching the farm the path turns to the right marked by a yellow and blue Suffolk Coastal Path sign. Follow the path through the reed beds and toward the sea passing through a single wooden gate and behind a mound. (Looking back to your left here you will see ‘Dingle Great Hill’)
5. Having passed the mound the path splits. The Suffolk Coastal Path heads left here toward Walberswick. Our route turns right toward the sea and over Dingle Sluice.
6. The walk returns to the starting point by following the beach or the path behind the shingle bank.
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