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A woman walking through the heather at Dunwich Heath, with the heather in bloom
A woman walking through the heather at Dunwich Heath | © Justin Minns

Dunwich Heath pink trail

Follow the pink trail for the best views of the heath, and best chance of spotting our main bird species here, the Dartford Warbler.

Accessing Dunwich Heath

This tranquil heath stands on the Suffolk coast and is open daily for most of the year. For access to this walking trail, you will need to be a National Trust member or pay the car park fee.

Total steps: 4

Total steps: 4

Start point

Start the trail opposite the coastguard cottages, where the holiday cottage parking is, and follow it north.

Step 1

Follow the trail north, ignoring any turnings off, until you reach a fork in the path. Take the left hand fork.

Step 2

Follow the trail west through the woods, until you meet a crossroads. Continue straight over.

Step 3

Keep following the trail west, until it curves around to the left and heads south. Follow the trail south then, as it curves around to the left again, head up the steps and continue on the trail eastward.

Step 4

Keep following the trail east until you reach an open space just before Heath Barn.

End point

The trail finishes just before you reach Heath barn. Head around to the right of the barn for the toilets and continue beyond to the car park and coastguard cottages.

Trail map

The walk map for Dunwich Heath
The walk map for Dunwich Heath | © National Trust

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