Shingle Street


  • OS grid reference: TM059334 (Explorer map 196), Nr Orford, IP12


  • 18-Feb-16 to 18-Feb-21

  • Open Access but check weather conditions

  • All ages

Shingle Street is a small hamlet in Suffolk at the mouth of Orford Ness, situated between Orford and Bawdsey- watch out for terns and seals.

From the Martello tower that marks your start, built to protect England from invasion during the Napoleonic wars, to second world war pillbox defences, this walk has an impressive military pedigree. Just up the coast is Orford Ness, where the first experiments with radar were conducted in the 1930s, while Shingle Street itself has been the subject of fevered speculation ever since it was evacuated in 1940. Conspiracies include rumours of a German landing and a shoreline littered with burning bodies, schemes to protect the coastline with an impenetrable barrage of flames and the testing of experimental chemical bombs. Weapons testing did result in the Lifeboat Inn being blown up.

Informal car parking, no toilets or refreshments.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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