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Dunwich Forest is a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved woodland and is accessible from Dunwich village and is a part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The forest links into some wonderful conservation areas of marshland and wetland and is great for walkers. North Dunwich Forest has a circular walk. Park either in the Newdelight Walks Car Park or the New Car Park and follow the waymarked trail.

Dunwich Rewilding Project

Dunwich Forest is currently undergoing a process of 'rewilding' with a long term plan to recreate and regenerate the natural landscape that existed prior to the conifer plantations.

The managment of the forest is now a partnership between the Forestry Commission, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSBP.  The more northern area being managed by SWT and grazed by a herd of Dartmoor ponies.

The heathland habitat to the south is being managed by the RSPB. The area covered by heathland will increase as conifer crops are gradually harvested and areas of deciduous trees are allowed to revert to heather. 

Lowland heath is one of the rarest of all Britain's wildlife habitats and is vital to the survival of many rare species of birds, reptiles and butterflies.

What do other visitors say?

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As a horse rider I would find a map of Dunwich forest would be useful showing the access points

Jane Powell, 21/Nov/2014

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1125 from Westleston to Blythburgh road to Dunwich.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TM467710

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Alice Greenacre

0300 067 4965

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Off of the B1125 from Westleston to Blythburgh road to Dunwich.
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Available for use at Rendlesham Forest.

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