On Saturday 15 September 2012, walk for water so others don’t have to.

Thorpeness to Dunwich

This section runs along the shingle beach for almost the entire section, with a slight diversion inland before entering Dunwich. 2 miles north of Thorpeness lies Sizewell Nuclear Power Station. There are two sites; Sizewell A, which is in the process of being decommissioned, and Sizewell B, the newest nuclear station in the UK. Be sure on this section to avoid the Sandling Way, which runs alongside the Coast Path for some, but not all of the way. The path runs along a section of beach bordering the Minsmere RSPB reserve. Facilities in the visitor’s centre are free, but there is a charge to explore the reserve itself. http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere/index.aspx . Just north of Minsmere is the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre, complete with tea room and gift shop. The heath is home to many rare bird and plant species, including the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Woodlark. Dunwich was once a bustling town, home to more than 4000 people, and with a history dating back to the 11th Century. However, a series of severe floods in the 13th and 14th centuries began a process of destruction that led to its almost complete abandonment by the 19th century. There is a small museum revealing the history of this “decayed and disfranchised borough".

Distance: 
7.0 miles / 11.0 km
Estimated Walking Time: 
2 - 3 hours
Difficulty: 
Moderate
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