Walking

Walking trail

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Mount Pleasant farm walk, Suffolk

Walking trail

Dunwich Heath offers you peace and quiet and a true sense of being at one with nature. A rare and precious habitat, it's home to special species such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark and ant-lion. Along the walk you'll pass Dunwich museum, Mount Pleasant farm and Greyfriars monastery.

Ideal for families.

Map

Map route for Dunwich Heath Mount Pleasant farm walk

Start:

Dunwich Heath information hut, grid ref: TM476685

1

From the information hut, walk across the road towards the blue finger post. At the road, turn right, walk roughly 130 feet (40 metres), then take the track on left past Heath Barn.

2

As you walk past the nightjar sculpture on your right, take the sandy path on your right across the heath, indicated by a wooden post with a purple band.

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Pic of Dunwich Heather and Gorse with Coastguard cottages in distance

3

After about 10 minutes walking, the path bears left. Take the path on the right, signposted 'Public footpath/Suffolk Coast Path'. The path is noticeably narrow here as you now leave National Trust land and walk through privately owned heathland.

4

The path comes to a four-way crossing, continue straight along the footpath. Note the National Trust Mount Pleasant farm sign.

Mount Pleasant Farm sign at Dunwich

5

At the end of the path you reach a road. Cross straight over and continue along the footpath, which is quite wide and stony. At the bottom of the track follow the path to the right, signed Suffolk Coast Path.

6

When you reach the road, continue straight up the road following the Suffolk Coast Path/Beach car park sign, and keeping St James' church on your right. You're now walking through Dunwich village.

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Dunwich Museum

7

Just past the Ship Inn, take the Suffolk Coast Path (near to the beach road sign) and follow it around the perimeter of the Greyfriars ruins.

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Dunwich Greyfriars Monastery ruins

8

When the path reaches the corner of the road (Greyfriars house sign on your left), continue up the road for about 330 feet (100 metres), then take the footpath on your left and continue until you reach the road.

9

At the road, cross directly over and take the path to your left (near to a bench). Walk along this path, which borders Mount Pleasant farm, until you reach the half-open metal gates.

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Shot of Dunwich Mount Pleasant Farm

10

Go out of the metal gates, turn right and walk along the road for about 165 feet (50 metres), until you see the footpath and Dunwich Heath sign on your right. Continue along this footpath.

11

After about 655 feet (200 metres), the narrow path opens into a small grassy area. Bear left and you'll come to the property entrance road and sign. Cross straight over and continue along the path, with the cliffs and sea on your left. This will take you back to the coastguard cottages and information hut.

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Dunwich Coastguards Cottages from a different viewpoint

End:

Dunwich Heath information hut, grid ref: TM476685

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Dunwich Heath and Beach, Mount Pleasant farm walk, Suffolk

Terrain

Fairly easy terrain, following footpaths and short stretches of road. One small section of wooden steps and some muddy tracks during wet weather. Dogs welcome, but must be kept under close control during the bird breeding season.

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Mount Pleasant farm walk, Suffolk

Contact us

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Mount Pleasant farm walk, Suffolk

How to get here

Address
Dunwich Heath, Suffolk IP17 3DJ
By train

Darsham, 6 miles (9.6km).

By road

1 mile (1.6km) south of Dunwich, signposted from A12. From Westleton to Dunwich road, 1 mile (1.6km) before Dunwich village, turn right into Minsmere road, then 1 mile (1.6km) to Dunwich Heath. National Trust (NT) car park by information hut; NT members free.

By foot

Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Path and Sandlings Walk.

By bus

Coastlink from Darsham or Saxmundham; booking essential, ring 01728 833526.

By bicycle

On Suffolk Coastal cycle route, see Sustrans website.

Dunwich Heath and Beach, Mount Pleasant farm walk, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Pay and display car park (free to NT members)
  • Food and drink: Clifftop tea-room, picnic area
  • Shopping: Coastal-themed gift shop
  • WCs: Toilets in building close to the coastguard cottages
  • Children's play area