Dog Walks – Suffolk – England – Dunwich – Thorpeness – Aldeburgh

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Dunwich Heath and beach
Image courtesy National Trust Organisation Dunwich Heath and Beach Suffolk

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Suffolk is part of East Anglia, East England facing the North Sea, about 100 miles from London and a perfect rural location for a holiday break with your family and best friend.

Dunwich is worth a mention as the beach and heath are owned by the National Trust Organisation caring for this part of the Suffolk coastline.

The beach is actually shingle, but long, wide and continuous and makes a dog walk possible with the backshore being low crumbling cliffs and the start of the heath area being home to much wildlife.

Thorpeness beach is situated in the middle, about 4 miles from Dunwich to the north and 1.5 miles to Aldeburgh to the south, with beaches running the length of the coast between the small villages. There are no restrictions for beach dog walking. The beach has steep shelving from the backshore, however low tide exposes some excellent sandy beaches.

Aldeburgh beach lookout station
Image courtesy Visit Suffolk The Lookout Beach Tower at Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh is a lovely small village situated right on the coastline and close to the beach which is flat, with access straight onto the beach. It has some small shops to visit and noticeably galleries, a golf course, and hotels making it a perfect location for a holiday break or staycation weekend jaunt. The beach is shingle and does have dog walking restrictions between 1 May and 30 September, but perfect out of season.

There is a local vet’s practice at Aldeburgh and several 5 miles or so, just in case of any pet emergency at Thorpeness and Dunwich.

Image courtesy Rural Retreats rental holiday property at Aldeburgh overlooking the local marshes

Rural Retreats offers a number of luxury holiday cottages and houses across Suffolk, particularly dog-friendly comfortable properties at Aldeburgh being just a few minutes walk to the beach. Ideal renting out of season to take advantage of those dog walks on the local beach between 1st October and 30 April.

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Don’t forget to take doggie towels to wipe off the sand at the end of walks and lots of fresh water and a travel bowl for a thirsty dog. Please clear your mess up, leaving no rubbish and you may need both long and short leads and a muzzle if you prefer to use for your dog if the beach area is busy.

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The recent pandemic has bought about new changes to the ways we do things. Post lockdown restrictions may require households not to travel in certain areas of the UK. Read latest government advice. It’s advisable to check with your local council and social media websites before making special journeys. You may find that you are required to pre-book vehicle entry into popular beaches during the summer months.


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