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Orford Ness

Orford Ness Review

A short boat ride beyond Orford Quay lies mysterious Orford Ness, Europe's biggest vegetated shingle spit. A 5-mile-long path takes you through beaches and salt marshes to see migrating and native birds and to discover the secret past of the spit—from 1913 until the mid-1980s it served as a military site. The first experiments with radar were carried out here in the 1930s. If you'd rather sit than walk, take the tractor-drawn trailer tour on the first Saturday of the month, July through September (reservations essential).

    Contact Information

  • Address: Orford Quay, Orford, IP12 2NU
  • Phone: 01728/648024
  • Cost: £8.50
  • Hours: Late Mar.–June and Oct., Sat. 10–2; July–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 10–2
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  • Location: Orford
Updated: 05-30-2014

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