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All reviews military history shingle beach national trust orford ness cold war red route runs every minutes boat ride different routes great walk bird life picnic lunch nt members sunny day shepherd radar desolate
I must say at the outset that this is not for everybody - and almost certainly not for 99% of kids. It can be quite desolate & bleak in places, especially if the weather is not good. We experienced it in sunshine, overcast, a little...More
We got the ferry over, runs every 20 minutes from 10 am and doesn't get busy quick at the weekends. Once you arrive you can choose the green, blue or red route. Red takes you round all the buildings including the lighthouse and the others...More
The ferry across was very calm and what a surprise awaited us, a huge expanse of land, spotted several wild animals along with the resident sheep. We were lucky to watch the bird ringing, an interesting experience, especially for the younger members of our party...More
Although we tried to arrive early, we were still on the 4th ferry of the day (so time for a coffee in the nearby tearooms). A windy day, but not at all choppy on the short boat ride across - it could very easily be...More
We visited today and was surprised how quiet it was. We left our car In the castle car park as parking there is £2 for the whole day. We had a lovely walk around looking at the boats, sadly as it was Monday most places...More
Orford Ness is a shingle spit off the Suffolk coast, accessed by National Trust-run ferry. It’s a unique barren landscape – a must for bird watchers and photographers. There’s a 5-mile route to walk - the area is littered with military relics. A unique experience.
Worth a detour, in fair weather, to experience such a rare landscape. Also consider the other protected (ex military) site which served from the early experiments with radar through the cold war. Extraordinary combination of wildlife, landscape and history.
Orford Ness is a fascinating place to visit. If you enjoy walking and nature with some history thrown in, then this is just the place to go.
There are 3 routes over the Ness that you can take depending on what you are most interested...More
We wanted to walk over the Ness because we love Dungeness but ferries were not operating on day we were in Orford. In main season ferries run Tuesday - Saturday from 10am but only on Saturday for mid-season. Cost is £10 for non NT members...More