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Explore Tunstall Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.9/5)

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

Timber harvesting will be carried out in 2018 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).

Please be aware that there is currently a diversion in place on the Viking Trail due to harvesting operations.

What do other visitors say?

is it possible to rent mountain bikes to do the viking trail

frances golding, 23/Aug/2018

We do not have bike hire facilities at Tunstall Forest.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a excellent ride round Viking trail for first time today and we really enjoyed it and will be back soon

Kevin &mandy, 17/Jun/2018

We are glad you enjoyed the trail.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent route. The PDF map to find the car park is confusing. IP12 2JY will get you to the equestrian centre. From Ipswich direction, turn right after the centre an you'll find the car park off that road to the right.

Graham M, 29/Oct/2016
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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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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.
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Available for use at Rendlesham Forest.

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.