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Hex Cottage at the Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk

GO WILD IN SUFFOLK

Wildlife is all around in Suffolk, from buzzards soaring over The Brecks to red deer stepping silently through the forests. With so many rich landscapes to explore, Suffolk is the perfect place to step into the wild, and have a holiday you’ll never forget.
Thetford forest Suffolk (c) euphroSet out on a wild walk through Thetford Forest at Brandon Country Park

WILD SWIMMING AND WILDLIFE SPOTTING IN THE BRECKS

Anyone who’s wild at heart will find plenty to do in The Brecks. One of the rarest and sunniest landscapes in the UK, The Brecks are ripe for for adventure. The three nature trails at Brandon Country Park are a perfect example, each one offering something new: the Red Trail with its Muntjac deer, birds and squirrels; the Purple Trail on which you can discover the park’s famous arboretum and magnificent Beech Avenue, keeping an eye out for buzzards and sparrowhawks; and the Orange Trail, which is longer and tougher, but lets you explore the deeper beauty of the forest, before arriving at a supposedly haunted mausoleum.
 
Thetford Forest in The Brecks is also the perfect place for a wild holiday. As well as walking and mountain biking trails through the forest, you can spend a day in the treetops with Go Ape, or speed along the forest floor on a Go Ape Segway Tour.
 
Finally, what wilder way to end your holiday in The Brecks than by wild swimming in the Little Ouse river at Santon Downham? You can enter the river at St Helen’s picnic site and swim 6km down the tranquil, tree-lined river until you reach Brandon, keeping your eyes peeled for kingfishers. Remember that wild swimming is always undertaken at your own risk, and to check weather conditions before you go. Watch Visit Suffolk's 'Wild' film here all about wild swimming
Birdwatching at RSPB Minsmere © Rod EdwardsSuffolk is fantastic for birdwatching

ADVENTURES UNDER SUFFOLK'S SKIES

The Suffolk Coast is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretching from Benacre in the north to Felixstowe Ferry and the Shotley Peninsula in the south.  

An annual wildlife spectacle in the area is the red deer rut and is one of the most natural encounters you can experience in the UK. Joining a knowledgeable guide you can take a 4x4 safari drive into the rutting fields at RSPB Minsmere for a chance to get closer to the action.  

For a different type of bathing in the wild, why not try some forest bathing at RSPB Minsmere?  Sounds intriguing doesn't it but it is truly an experience where under a canopy of trees you can de-stress and re-connect back with nature. 

Get away from the city lights you will soon be able to see the stars.  Suffolk's wide skies provide the perfect backdrop.  Discover which stars are which on a stargazing evening on 21st September at St Peter's Brewery at South Elmham.     

Happy Days Retro GlampingMake an airstream trailer your home for the week at Happy Days Retro Vacations in Saxmundham

SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN SUFFOLK

Sleeping with a starry sky above you and waking to a woodland shower soundtracked by the sound of birdsong is what wild holidays in Suffolk are all about. There are many fantastic camping and glamping sites across the county, such as the luxurious Secret Meadows in Woodbridge, the 60s-styled Happy Days Retro Vacations and Boundary Farm both near to Saxmundham.
 
For a wild holiday with all the mod-cons, you can rent a leisure home at Cakes & Ale Holiday Park in Theberton, or make yourself at home in either a pod, a woodland lodge or their very own take on a Hobbit Hole at West Stow Pods near Bury St Edmunds.  More traditional camping can be found at the picturesque Outney Meadow Caravan park on the River Waveney at Bungay.  Sheltered by trees, you can also fish, canoe and hire bikes here.

LUXURY STAYS IN THE SUFFOLK WILDERNESS

At the Wilderness Reserve in Sibton, wild holidays are as sumptuous as they come. In one of the dreamy cottages dispersed across this vast estate, you can snuggle down in comfort for the night and wake to the sight of beautiful parkland full of deer, wildflowers, butterflies and birds. As well as archery, tennis, and wine tastings, the Wilderness Reserve offers many activities to bring you closer to nature: you can sip warm cider by a bonfire in the woods, take a wildlife walk around the estate, or get up at dawn for a morning chorus tour led by a local ecologist.
 
At The Suffolk Escape wake up only to the sound of the wildlife on the lake next to your cabin.  The luxury log cabins on this rural retreat in the heart of the Suffolk countryside promise true relaxation.  Enjoy sitting by the chiminea on summer evenings or by a cosy log fire in winter 

 

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