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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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.

Harvesting Operations


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 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?

1 Star 1 Star

Have to agree with Gwen you've destroyed the forest its more of a moody wood.

Tim, 26/Mar/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

Which part of "forest" are you having trouble with? I walk here daily and over the last 3 years you cannot cut down the trees fast enough. Not only are you intent on turning the forest into heathland (i.e. An impassable area smothered in bracken) but you are destroying existing paths and turning the ground into a quagmire in the process.

This fixation on heathland is bizarre. there is no shortage of moorland in the uk and very little to differentiate between the heathland and moorland.

Gwen , 15/Feb/2017

Thank you for your continued interest in Dunwich Forest. Please reference the formal letter about our forest management sent to you directly by our Beat Forester.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Beautiful area.

Anderson, D, 6/Oct/2016
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Last updated: 25th March 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.
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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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