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Explore Tunstall Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Walkers on a woodland trail






Tunstall Forest is a part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It consists of coniferous plantations, broadleaved belts and heathland areas which link up with both Tunstall and Blaxhall Common. These areas are very good for ground nesting birds such as the Nightjar and Woodlark.

Harvesting Operations this Autumn and Winter

Timber harvesting will be carried out this Autumn and winter as part of Tunstall's sustainable forest management.  To help you plan your visit and avoid the work areas please use the Harvesting Operations Map.  You can also visit the East District Forest Operations page for more information. Always obey warning signs around the forest as the map can change at short notice.


Tunstall is very popular with walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

Mountain Bike Trail

Tunstall Forest has a 10 mile red graded single-track mountain bike trail available to the public managed by 'Tunstall and Rendlesham Off-road Group.
The trail begins from Sandgalls car park in the north of Tunstall (off the Tunstall to Iken Road).

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Completed the Viking Trail today with my 12 year old son. It is a terrific trail: twisty, turny and challenging. The course has been well thought through, deconflicts with walkers and the signs are easy to follow as you whiz by. The Forestry Commision and enthusiastic biker experts have clearly put their heads together to produce a thoroughly enjoyable course. Thank you!

Martin , 30/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Tunstall Forest - I walk as often as I can with my now dog JOSH. Its the best stress buster ever and I love the forest . I walk Josh (a rescue dog) on a 8 metre lead otherwise he will just hunt. I really get fed up with people that know nothing about dogs but think their all experts asking why my dog has to be on a lead. His on a lead because I care about him and other dogs. If you care about your dog put him/her on a lead if another dog is coming towards you on one. Simple

Mark, 15/Nov/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

Enjoyed the mountain bike Viking Trail - a very twisty, well signposted single track course. Directions from the A12 to Sandgalls Car Park would be a useful addition to the Viking Trail Map, plus the map's orientation should be North up, not South.

Rob, 20/Jun/2015
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Last updated: 11th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1069 Tunstall to Snape road.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TM382559

Get directions


Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1069 Tunstall to Snape road.
Discovery Pass
Available for use at Rendlesham Forest.

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