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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 Hog's Grove Car Park and follow the waymarked trail.

Horse riding

Horse riders are welcome in the forest. Please be aware that husky training takes place within the northern part of the forest before 10:30am and after 16:00.

Harvesting Operations

 There are currently no harvesting operations taking place.

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, with the more northern area being managed by SWT.

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?

Dear Sir/Madam,

Firstly, thank you for the hard work that your organisation does, not only in Dunwich, but all over the UK.

My question is a simple one; do you allow camping in the woods? I mean solo camping, not groups of people?



Scott, 9/Oct/2017

Thank you for your positive comment. To answer your question I'm afraid camping is not allowed anywhere on Forestry Commission land with the exception of dedicated camp sites.

Forestry Commission Response

Does the car park have a height restriction - we have a motorhome? We would only want to park, not camp, so we could walk/cycle.

Brett, 22/Sep/2017

The first car park on your right as you drive from Dunwich village towards St Helena does have a height barrier but the second car park further along the same road does not. This car park will be on your left.

Forestry Commission Response

There is a car dumped and vandalised in the bushes on the left hand side of the entrance to the righthand side car park-picnic area (right side of road if you are approaching from Dunwich). it has had its number plates removed. Surely some one is responsible for removing what amounts to a fly tip. Suffolk coastal did not want to know.

gill weidmann, 17/Jul/2017

We are aware of this and are in the process of getting the vehicle removed.

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Last updated: 29th September 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Parking
  • Off of the B1125 from Westleston to Blythburgh road to Dunwich.
    There is also an area designated for horse box parking.
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.
There is also an area designated for horse box parking.
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