Why our furry-friends love Suffolk

8th May 2017

Holidays are meant for the whole family, even our four-legged friends. We know that it can sometimes be hard to find dog-friendly places to visit and accommodation, however Suffolk is very dog-friendly and so are we here at The Ship at Dunwich! Here are 3 reasons why dogs love Suffolk and The Ship:


Here at The Ship at Dunwich, we welcome our furry-friends with open paws, and so does our sister inn, The Westleton Crown. The Westleton Crown, located on The Suffolk Coast, will greet your canine companions with a bowl of water, dog biscuits and a blanket. Both hotels invite well behaved dogs to stay the night or two in one of the dog-friendly rooms and dine with you for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We even treat our doggy friends with a sausage for breakfast and lots of attention. Both inns have a charming garden where your dog is free to walk or play anytime. Just a short stroll away you can enjoy the stunning Suffolk countryside and a selection of fabulous long walks on heaths and in forests or on the all year-round dog friendly Dunwich beach.


Suffolk’s forests and heaths are perfect for long walks, and with wildlife all around there will be plenty to keep your dog’s interest. Westleton heath as well as Dunwich heath are both lovely Suffolk walks. Westleton heath includes both heath and forest with plenty of paths through woods, over streams, across fields and through moorland. Please be aware that in summer, part of Westleton heath is lead only, but there is still plenty of areas that allow off lead walking. Dunwich heath is dog heaven! There is a range of walks through heathland and woods. From March to September, some areas are also lead only but there are always places you can let dogs off their lead. We would recommend our Inn to Inn walk that allows you to explore both Westleton heath and Dunwich heath, this is the perfect walk if you and your four-legged friend what to explore the beautiful Suffolk Coast. There is a number of other great dog-friendly places to walk in Suffolk such as Rendlesham Forest. Rendlesham Forest has circular trails that takes you through forest, heathland and wetland, and plenty of area for your dog to explore. Another great place to walk in Suffolk with your dog is by Ickworth House, there is several coloured paths to choose from, not only will your dog have a fantastic time exploring, but you also get to see the spectacular view of Ickworth House.

The Ship at Dunwich, a dog-friend inn
Ralph & Roger enjoying The Ship's famous canine hospitality


The Suffolk coast offers 50 miles of heritage coastline, perfect for any pups that love to get mucky and have a paddle. Dunwich beach is a fantastic all year-round dog-friendly beach and is just minutes’ away from us here at The Ship at Dunwich! This beach is a wide-open shingle beach offering plenty of long walks. If you choose to walk in a northerly direction you will reach Walberswick. Walberswick beach is a long sand and shingle beach that is backed by grassy dunes, and surrounded by marsh and heathland, the ideal place for your dog to go exploring. From Walberswick beach you can reach Southwold over the river (the ferry in the summer months does take dogs). Southwold beach is a pier beach with clean water and sand, perfect for a paddle. The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, and is backed by a promenade, with colourful beach huts. If you were to head south from Dunwich beach, you’ll walk past RSPB Minsmere and then onto Sizewell beach. Sizewell beach is another great dog-friendly beach with plenty of areas for your dog to roam, explore and paddle.