The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a protected area with a stunning, diverse landscape. The location is special because it is immensely varied, including a stretch of coastline, marshes, the estuaries of several rivers, forests, heath and farmland. The diversity makes it a significant area and earned it the protection it deserves.
The varied landscape in the area makes it home to an incredible array of different wildlife, including many rare or scarce species. The geology and fact that the location has been protected from human intervention for thousands of years has allowed this, meaning that all of the different habitats remain unspoilt. There are three Nature Reserves in the area with rare flora and many sites of special scientific interest too.
The area is attractive to nature lovers and gives them the opportunity to explore a diverse landscape and see some amazing wildlife. It is not uncommon to see people armed with cameras ready to document their trip and the things they see.
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is also a really good location for walkers. There are three long distance footpaths in the area to choose from. The Suffolk Coast Path is one of the most popular and stretches 50 miles from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. The trip takes people through the diverse landscape, including along the cliffs, beside the rivers and across the heath. It passes through several picturesque towns and villages on the way too.
Walkers that also want the chance to see a lot of rare wildlife should take to the Sandlings Walk. The path is 55 miles long, starts off at Rushmere Heath in Ipswich and ends in Southwold. It takes people through the lowland heath, one of the rarest types of habitat in Britain so there are plenty of opportunities to spot fauna.
If you are planning a visit to the area, Ipswich is a great place to start your exploration. It is the largest town in close proximity to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths and puts visitors in a great location. You’ll also have the chance to stay in quality accommodation during your visit. The Claydon Hotel is a fantastic hotel in Ipswich, under half an hour’s drive away from the AONB. We offer luxury rooms, quality facilities and a relaxed atmosphere that visitors will love.