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

Thorpeness Beach

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

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.

Dogs are welcome on the beach, all year round, however there are car parking time restrictions to the area for access to the beach, so do check the National Trust website before making a special journey.

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.

The river Alde meanders and exits to the south, with sailing clubs and home to the local RNLI lifeboat station so you can feel rest assured of water safety along this stretch of Suffolk coast that there’s help to hand in case of any water emergencies.

There is a local vets 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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Before you travel you may like to use our useful Guides if you’re a new pet owner.

Don’t forget to take doggie towels to wipe off the sand at the end of walks and lots of fresh water and 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.

Prices and information correct at time of writing.

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