Dunwich Heath (National Trust)
2 miles away from The Westleton Crown
Designated a site of special scientific interest and an important conservation area Dunwich Heath is teeming with wildlife, unspoiled, and exceptionally beautiful. You can enjoy wonderful moorland and forest walks with coastal views. Dunwich Heath explodes into colour every year as the heather comes into bloom. The area is surrounded by ancient salt marshes and wide river estuaries.
Dunwich Heath is owned by the National Trust and you can find more information on their website National Trust – Dunwich Heath and Beach.
Today Dunwich is a tiny and peaceful village with a great pub, The Ship at Dunwich, but at its peak in the 13th century it was the capital of East Anglia and had six churches, two monasteries and even a mint. Then a fierce storm changed Dunwich’s fortune and washed most of it into the sea.
Several of its most famous landmarks are believed to be haunted by its long gone town folk, and legend has it that ghostly church bells can be heard tolling beneath the waves.