while the natural splendour of Dunwich Heath is still intact (see
Walberswick Nature reserve for more information about these areas)
Settled between Walberswick and Southwold, Dunwich is a perfect location to launch a birdwatching expedition, as it is nearby to the birdwatching areas of Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere.
If you're out for a day at the coast with the family and pets, there are several Dog Friendly Beaches in the area, a gorgeous Coastal Path walk running parrell to the coast which runs for about 3 miles from Dunwich to Walberswick.
Dogs are allowed on this path throughout the year, but must be kept on a lead as it's part of a nature reserve - see Walberswick Nature reserve.
After all that exercise you'll need somewhere to recuperate and what better place than The Ship, which also provides accommodation for those too tired to leave. Colin, the chef, has been at The Ship for 17 years now, and is justly famous for his fish and chips - but there's plenty more to enjoy on The Ship's menu: steak and ale pie, lamb, pea and mint casserole, bread and butter pudding, chocolate roly poly and much more which are all accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.
The Ship is also ideally located to use as a base to explore this lovely area of the Suffolk Coast.
(image courtesy of Sylvia Speak email@example.com)
“Good but pebbly beach - free car park next to good cafe, public toilets. The cliffs are under constant scrutiny by groups of schoolchildren .... tumbling down on to the beach (the cliffs, not the kids, hopefully). My last visit (in July 2008) saw lots (!!) of jellyfish, my visit in 2012 just me and Lucy dog (windy June),”
- LondonMzFitz, June 22nd 2012