Walk the trails on Orford Ness

After your welcome by an experienced ranger, follow the waymarked trails through the internationally rare and protected vegetated shingle, salt-marsh, mud-flats and brackish lagoons. See the wide range of birds and plants on the Ness. The Red, Blue and Green routes are open.

Self guided trails

Red Route - open

Walk the main route in spring and summer or wait until after the breeding season for more trails to open. The red route, mainly on tarmac roads, is open whenever the site is open to visitors. It passes through the site of the WWI airfield , now home to marshland birds.  It then crosses Stony Ditch on the Bailey Bridge to the vegetated shingle habitats where some paths are shingle and uneven.

For more information about the buildings you pass, follow the link below. About 5 miles (8km) but can be shortened.

Blue route - now open

Open seasonally once young birds have fledged from Airfield Marsh, the blue route is a peaceful extension of the red route. Although a concrete road this route can be flooded after heavy rain.

It will get you closer to some of the military structures used in the First World War, including those associated with radar. About 0.5 mile (1km) extension to red route. Call 01728 648024 to check if open before visiting.

" an island of secrets that’s its own work of art"
- Laura Cummings, The Observer. 2021

Green route - now open

Open once the breeding season is over, the green route will take you out into King's Marsh. This peaceful and remote trail will also take you close to the Cobra Mist site.  This route is uneven and muddy in places.

There's no access to the Cobra Mist site itself, as it's not cared for by us, but there’s still lots to see. About a five kilometre (three mile) extension to the red route. Call 01728 648024 to check if open before visiting.

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