Orford Ness Beach (Orfordness)

The technical description of Orford Ness as a cuspate foreland shingle spit doesn’t really do much to explain the uniqueness of this atmospheric spot on the Suffolk coast.

Much of the mystery of Orford Ness relates to its past as a military research establishment. There are still plenty of reminders of this with buildings such as the Bomb Ballistics Building, the Black Beacon and the ‘pagodas’ lurking behind the beach.

Along with this secretive military past go any number of rumours and conspiracy theories. These include UFO sightings and the cover up of a war-time Nazi landing.

Another iconic feature of Orford Ness is the abandoned lighthouse which is sadly set to be swallowed up by the sea in the not too distant future.

The beach, and nature reserve onto which it backs, are now owned by the National Trust. There aren’t much in the way of facilities here but the village of Orford is only around a mile away.

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Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force

Orford Ness is a nature reserve with fragile habitats so dogs are not allowed (assistance dogs are welcome)

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