With winter in full swing, it can be one of the best times to visit the beautiful Suffolk coastline for a walk without having to battle through the crowds. 

From nature reserves to pristine beaches, here is a round-up of some of the most scenic spots on the Suffolk coast.

Orford Ness

East Anglian Daily Times: Orford Ness is trapped between the River Alde and the seaOrford Ness is trapped between the River Alde and the sea (Image: Simon Parker)

Orford Ness is a National Trust Nature Reserve only accessible by foot or by boat, helping it remain untouched. 

For those interested in history, Orford Ness is well known for the pagodas, the beacon and the transmitting station, all of which remain on the beach.

The village of Orford is also well worth a visit and has just been named one of the best foodie locations in the county by The Guardian newspaper.


East Anglian Daily Times: Thorpness beach is quieter than neighbouring AldeburghThorpness beach is quieter than neighbouring Aldeburgh (Image: Newsquest)

Thorpeness Beach is just a short walk down the coast from the slightly more busy town of Aldeburgh. 

While the stone beach remains quite quiet all year round, it is the picturesque fantasy village that draws visitors to this part of the coast. 

Designed by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie in 1910, parts of the village and boating lake take inspiration from the children's book Peter Pan, and it often features in TV shows about the Suffolk coast.

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East Anglian Daily Times: Dunwich Heath is right next to the beachDunwich Heath is right next to the beach (Image: Newsquest)

Those looking for a beautiful walk should look no further than Dunwich, which has the best of both worlds: an expansive heath and a quiet beach.

Protected by The National Trust, Dunwich is popular all year round for those looking for a scenic spot to while away a few hours. 

There are good pubs in the area too - including The Ship, which has won several awards.


East Anglian Daily Times: Walberswick is Southwold's quieter sisterWalberswick is Southwold's quieter sister (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Walberswick is a natural sandy beach that is popular with locals in the summer looking to escape the far busier beaches of Southwold. 

In the winter the dog-friendly beach is a favourite for those looking to wander along the coastline and enjoy the picturesque seaside village. 

Walkers can catch the ferry from Walberswick to Southwold for a fish and chip supper.


East Anglian Daily Times: Maggie Hamblin's sculpture draws people to Aldeburgh all year roundMaggie Hamblin's sculpture draws people to Aldeburgh all year round (Image: Newsquest)

People travel far and wide to have a look at Maggi Hamblin's scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach. 

The stone beach makes it an ideal winter walk location, with the colourful houses along the seafront making Aldeburgh picture-perfect all year round.