The Local Area


The Suffolk Heritage Coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and what better way to discover it than to go out walking across the many commons and heaths. There are walks for all abilities from small circular walks to long-distance footpaths such as The Sandlings and The Suffolk Coast Path. Close to Leiston is Kenton Hills, an area of mixed woodland with many walks between the car park and the beach. Thorpeness and Aldeburgh can both be reached using off road routes along the old Aldeburgh railway track from Leiston.

Suffolk Coast Path

The start to the UFO Trail in Rendlesham forest

The Suffolk Coast Path is a 60 mile long distance footpath that runs the length of the Suffolk coast from from Felixstowe to Lowestoft taking in some of the most characteristic landscapes of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The path also includes the Orford Loop which provides access through to Orford. Alternative beach walks, providing the tide is right, can be undertaken throughout.

The Sandlings Path

The start to the UFO Trail in Rendlesham forest

The Sandlings is a 60 mile trail from the eastern fringes of Ipswich to the unique seaside town of Southwold and passing through the remaining fragments of beautiful Sandlings Heath. The trail leads through Rendlesham, Tunstall and Dunwich forests and also includes riverside walks at Woodbridge and heathland walks across Rushmere Heath, Sutton Heath, Thorpeness Common and Dunwich Heath.

Rendlesham UFO Trail

The start to the UFO Trail in Rendlesham forest

Not many counties can boast a circular walk based around the alleged landings of a UFO. Not far from Leiston is Rendlesham forest, where, in the winter of 1980 senior air officers based at the US Airbase of Bentwaters have testified to witnessing a UFO land within the surrounding forest. The US Air Force have since left the base and the Forestry Commision have made a 3 mile circular walk around the area where the alleged landings took place. It is well worth the visit as even if you do not witness any UFOs, the forest is beautiful in itself.