Path through Rendlesham Forest, near Blaxhall

Walking and Rambling in Blaxhall


Blaxhall offers easy walking routes for everyone and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy bird watching. The area is also popular for taking a gentle stroll from Snape to reach the ancient pilgrimage site of Iken Church. Get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the Sandlings with a walk or pedal around Rendlesham Forest. It's fantastic for families with an adventure playground, easy-going trails and a bike park. Fascinatingly, in late December 1980 there were a number of reported UFO sightings here. Since then Rendlesham has been known as Britain's Roswell. Take the dedicated trail to discover more.  After the Great Storm of 1987 the nearby Tunstall Forest was, locally, re-named Tunstall Common due to 300,000 of the 30ft+ trees being felled by 100mph winds!

What makes it special

  • Popular area for bird watching
  • Spot a UFO!
  • Adventure playground and bike park

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Walking and Rambling in Blaxhall

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Map references

OS Map: 156, and Explorer 212

OS Grid Ref: TM368570

Lat/Lng: 52.160774, 1.461795

Contact information

Other things to do nearby


Cycling in Blaxhall

The area offers very leisurely cycling as the countryside is mainly flat - making it great for families. Children will find the routes easy and great fun.


Watersports in Blaxhall

YHA Blaxhall is only eight miles from the sea. Nearby Blyth estuary offers a range of water sport options, or if you fancy hiring a boat the Norfolk Broads are just a short distance away.

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is home to a concert hall, fabulous shops and a thriving art scene with a number of galleries.

Orford Castle

Orford Castle

Discover the secrets of one of England's most unusual keeps within the chambers of this fascinating polygonal tower. Visit the English Heritage website for Orford Castle.

Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest

A UFO trail to awake your imagination and take you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980. Visit the Forestry Commision or the Visit East Anglia websites

Orford Ness

Orford Ness

Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit and discover a landscape and history that will both delight and intrigue.  Wander along Orford Beach and look at the old Atomic Weapons

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle

A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. See the English Heritage website for more details

Sutton Hoo, ancient Anglo-Saxon helmet and mask

Sutton Hoo

Well worth a trip to walk round the ancient burial mounds, visit the exhibition centre, and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon King and his treasured possessions. Vi

Minsmere Reserve

Minsmere reserve

Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. Visit the RSPB website