Exhilarating winter walks

From ancient woods to windswept marshes, our nature reserves are as varied as the animals and plants that live on them. These places are real countryside, and in winter may well come with lashings of mud!

Lapwing by Phil MacleanWinter wildfowl and waders:

Alde Mudflats

 

Visit when the tide is out when the mudflats and their laish feast of invertebrates, are fully exposed

Carlton & Oulton Marshes

 

Birds in abundance on the marshes and scrapes. 2000 pink footed geese, 600 wigeon and surprises every year

Dingle Marshes

 

Start from Dunwich beach and enjoy contrasting worlds on either side of the shingle ridge

Hen Reedbeds

 

Enjoy a front row seat in the new hide or a bird's eye view from the river wall

Lackford Lakes

 

Wildfowl galore and a winter gull roost with up to 28,000 birds. Linger in the hides and then warm up in the visitor centre, open Tuesday to Sunday

Snape Marshes

 

Stunning views over the River Alde and plenty of local pubs to defrost your fingers afterwards

Trimley Marshes

 

Panoramic views over the Orwell estuary, hares in the snow and birds in close-up from the hides. There is a 2 mile walk or cycle from the car park to the reserve

Hare by David TiplingFrosty landscapes:

Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale

 

The twisting paths and tree cloaked valley give this lovely wood an air of mystery

Blaxhall Common

 

As the frosts descend the heath is transformed into a filigree of white - beautiful and bracing!

Bradfield Woods

 

Step out into one of Britain's best known and most treasured ancient woodlands

Knettishall Heath

 

Knettishall HeathHear the echos of the past as the wind whistles through your hair atop the Bronze Age round barrow

Lound Lakes

 

The most northerly point in Suffolk, this is a wonderful outpost of great scenic beauty and considerable wildlife interest

Redgrave & Lopham Fen

 

There's something exquisitely raw about the fen in winter - the closest to a wilderness experience Suffolk can offer

Sutton & Hollesley Commons

 

Stretch your legs over the largest heath in the South Sandlings - a glimpse into an unbroken landscape of the past

A gentler stroll:

Framlingham Mere

 

Stroll around the mere in the shadow of the castle and be tempted by one of the coffee shops on Market Hill

Groton Wood

 

Lovely circular walk through the best small-leaved lime woodland in Suffolk

Mickle Mere

 

Frosty spider web by Zsuzsanna BirdBarely a walk, but fantastic birding! The hide is just 100m from the car park at Pakenham watermill

Lackford Lakes

 

The kingfisher trail offers a 20 minute wheelchair friendly stroll, a choice of hides and a warm reception in the visitor centre