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Countryside

You'll find various descriptions of our wonderful countryside, here:

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Scenes from the River

One of the nicest ways to see the Suffolk countryside is from the river. You get to see it from a completely different angle and you may get to see some unusual wildlife up close too.

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Visit Constable Country

Constable Country' is a term widely used to describe the birthplace of one of England's most famous artists, John Constable. But where exactly is this area and what does it mean?

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

The Shotley Peninsula falls within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Shotley

Shotley is about nine miles to the south of Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town. It lies at the southern tip of the Shotley Peninsula, which itself lies in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Cycling and walking in the Heart of Suffolk

We think the Heart of Suffolk is the perfect place for a leisurely ramble or bike ride. The landscapes are gently undulating, the countryside is beautiful there are many footpaths and the country lanes are quiet. The tourist information centres have a wide selection of walks leaflets, cycle routes and maps if you want to plan your route, or you could just start walking or hop on your bike and see where the breeze takes you.

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Heart of Suffolk Countryside

Walking through our gently undulating countryside is one of the pleasures of visiting the Heart of Suffolk. The Suffolk countryside is varied with many ancient woodlands that are conserved by The Suffolk Wildlife Trust. We are also fortunate to have two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Heart of Suffolk; The Dedham Vale AONB and part of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. These areas are of special interest and a lot of work goes into conserving them for wildlife and the enjoyment of future generations. Please contact one of our tourist information centres for walks leaflets and maps. 

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Off The Beaten Track On The Shotley Peninsula

Tucked behind some woodland, beyond the old gatehouse in Woolverstone Park, a 16th century Tudor folly stands tall and proud, overlooking the River Orwell. Now owned by the Landmark Trust and used as self-catering accommodation, Freston Tower is thought to be the creation of merchant Thomas Gooding in 1578. With 26 windows and an open turret perched on top of six floors, it was most probably used as a rather elegant lookout for ships arriving with goods to trade.

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Thornham Walks

Thornham Walks

The 12 miles of waymarked footpaths on the Thornham Estate are known as Thornham Walks and a surfaced path, suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs, leads for half a mile to the Thornham Walled Garden and takes the walker past the newly refurbished bird hide, the pets' cemetery, along the Thornham Rock Trail to the Victorian Folly. For lots of images of the site and all the activities on offer, please visit the Thornham Walks Facebook page.

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Stour Valley

Dedham Vale and Stour Valley

The Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the smallest in the UK with an area of 90 square kilometres. It's the area's cultural heritage that played an instrumental role in securing this designation and the vale is inextricably linked to John Constable and the area within the AONB known as 'Constable Country'.

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Countryside

Walking through our gently undulating countryside is one of the pleasures of visiting the Heart of Suffolk. The Suffolk landscape is varied with many ancient woodlands that are conserved by The Suffolk Wildlife Trust. We are also fortunate to have two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); The Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast and Heaths. These areas are of special interest and a lot of work goes into conserving them for wildlife and the enjoyment of future generations. Please contact one of our tourist information centres for walks leaflets and maps.

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Half-timbered houses, thatched cottages and fine medieval architecture...

Our county is well known for its elegant towns and pretty villages and we think we have the prettiest Suffolk villages of them all! Names such as Lavenham, East Bergholt, Chelsworth and Eye are instantly recognisable to many people and conjure up images of thatched roof cottages, medieval architecture and quintessentially English village life. Have a browse through the information about our Suffolk towns and villages and discover the fascinating history that lies behind the pretty facades. Please roll your mouse over each image below and click on it for further information.

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Gentle landscapes, meandering rivers and ancient woodlands...

Walking through our gently undulating countryside is one of the pleasures of visiting the Heart of Suffolk. The Suffolk landscape is varied with many ancient woodlands that are conserved by The Suffolk Wildlife Trust. We are also fortunate to have two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); The Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast and Heaths. These areas are of special interest and a lot of work goes into conserving them for wildlife and the enjoyment of future generations. Please contact one of our tourist information centres for walks leaflets and maps.

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