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“History & Nature at its best”

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve
Ranked #4 of 36 things to do in Woodbridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.
Reviewed August 1, 2009

Get your walking shoes on, pack plenty of water, some snacks, and a good camera. This is a great day out. What makes this so great? Firstly you are blown away by the beauty of this desolate place. Nature is claiming back this spit of land. Surrounded by water, with lots of little inlets trickling through the marshes, this is a fantastic spot for birds. Egrets, Herons, Oyster catchers, shell ducks and Marsh harriers are just a few that we spotted - and that was off season! (Spring time for nesting must be amazing). But thats not all, the myriad of broken tracks lead you around the spit towards different historic buildings, from the Victorian Lighthouse to an A.W.R.E. lab to WWI accommodation. This piece of land was instrumental during the Cold War - and my only regret is that the NT is letting those buildings deteriorate naturally, It would have been good to save at least one of the labs. Save a minimum 2 hours for this trip - but if you really want to read all the information available in the displays and take in the all the walks -you will be closer to 6 hours on the spit. (we were the first on at 10 and close to the last off at 4:30). There is still explosives being found monthly, so not really a place for young children (there is no fences, just the warning to stick to the paths). But for teenagers up - a great day out!

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