Suffolk is a great destination for a holiday with your four-legged friend, with plenty of walks from coast to countryside and pet-friendly pubs too, there’s plenty to see and do during your stay.
At Best of Suffolk, we believe your dog needs a holiday too, which is why they holiday for free with us. With a wide range of pet-friendly properties available, sleeping between two and 26 we’re sure to have your perfect holiday accommodation.
Here, the team at Best of Suffolk share with you their favourite places to visit with their dog.
The beautiful market town of Framlingham is great to visit all year round, and there’s a great walk you can enjoy with your dog too – taking in all the town has to offer.
Starting at The Crown pub, the walk takes you around the castle where you can enjoy stunning views over the mere. Making your way across the bridge at the back of the castle, you can access the mere with lots of wildlife, and sometimes you can even spot a few cows. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can follow the footpath at Framlingham sports field and take a longer walk.
Rendlesham Forest is another great place to spend some quality time with your dog. If you’re into the supernatural, then the UFO trial, which is about three miles long is a must. Great for kids and dogs alike, it takes you to the parts of the forest which in December 1980 was said to have witnessed a UFO sighting.
The Phoenix Trial is perfect for those smaller walks, just .75 of a mile, or if you want to go further the three-mile trail takes you to some lovely parts of the forest. And, if you’re feeling particularly energetic you can walk a couple of the bike trails, The Tang Trial is six miles, and The F.I.D.O which is approximately 10 miles.
While Rendlesham Forest is excellent for exploring the Suffolk countryside we do recommend you take plenty of drinks and snacks with you as there isn’t anywhere to purchase these along the way.
Minsmere to Dunwich
Another of our team’s favourites is the ‘Eels Foot Minsmere and Dunwich trial’, a five-mile coastal walk which takes in some great views, sees an abundance of wildlife throughout and of course if you feel adventurous provides the potential for a cool down in the sea when you get to Dunwich Heath.
It is worth noting, there are places during the walk that dogs will need to be kept on a short lead, due to the wildlife – but don’t let this put you off.
Starting and finishing at the Eels Foot pub, it’s perfect to enjoy a refreshing drink or a bite to eat after your walk, and of course, dogs are welcome in the pub too.
Another of the team’s favourite walks starts at the top of Church Farm Caravan Park in Aldeburgh.
As you amble along the disused railway track, with fields to one side and the marshes to the right, you’ll have the chance to see wild ponies grazing in the marshes and a visit in the spring may see some foals too. Greylag geese fly overhead in their inspirational formations and you can often spot a red deer too.
Halfway between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness you can take the path which cut across to the coast, coming out at the sluice gates, or carry on to Thorpeness if time allows. The path takes you to the coast road which you can cross and walk back to Aldeburgh along the coastal path, bordering the pebble beach, admiring the flora and fauna, and when lucky, seeing the fishing boats going out for their morning catch.
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