Dunwich Forest - Newdelight Walks - Westwood Marshes

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This walk complements several others in the area which we have made available through Walkingworld. Whilst never being far from the sea you will not at any stage quite reach the coast. English Nature, the RSPB, Suffolk County Council and other organisations all have an interest in the land over which you pass. If you wish to do and see other things after your walk, there is much very nearby. The village of Dunwich should not be missed and Dunwich Heath, owned by the National Trust, has numerous attractions for those who love the outdoors. For a superb meal of fresh fish, try the beach restaurant at Dunwich, but save this until after your walk because the portions are enormous!

England - East England - Suffolk - Woodland or Forest


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Nature Trail, River, Wildlife, Woodland
11/16/2013 - Martin Aylward

5. The old railway wagon has been removed 10. A field has now been fenced off behind the nissen huts. Do no turn left between the huts, instead bear right after them around the outside of the fenced area, after about 100 metres at the end of this area turn left, and then bear right up the slowly rising broad grass track. At the broad grass track on the left (with a narrower path behind you) the small raised hut is either not visible or has been removed. 11. Instead of turning left keep straight on until you reach a T-juction (although there is a tiny track straight ahead that dips down into a hollow). Turn left here, and keep straight on, then bear right through a gate. This path comes out on the track just to the east of the car park at point 13. This diversion therefore avoids walking along the B1125 for half a mile The section between 14 and 15 is fully open now, the path has been resurfaced

2/2/2011 - Andrew Somerville

In late January 2011, the section between points 14 and 15 was closed due to an unstable river bank. Notices on the walk indicate that there is currently no plan to reopen this section beyond the optimistic comment "until weather improves". Diversions can be sought either on the north side of the Dunwich Forest or up towards Walberswick and back along the beach. Unfortunately this means that you miss the marshes section of the walk - from point 13. Please note also, that logging is currently in operation in Dunwich Forest while this was not an issue at the time of our walk, there was potential for sections of the forest to be closed at short notice.

2/6/2010 - Judy Brua

Very nice walk, varied. Feb 2010 at waymark 3 we came to a house with a birdfeeder, and not only were there birds there but a muntjac deer too. And then later in the forest, maybe waymark 10-11, we saw 5 wild ponies. Someone we met said there are 30 in the forest. The footpath at waymark 13 has a notice saying closed until 31 Jan 2010, and there is still a fence across it just when you get to waymark 14, but you can get around it. But from waymark 14-16 it is VERY muddy, but I am sure it will improve as spring goes on. Great walk.

4/16/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thanks to Adrian Perkins for updating this walk, April 2009.