A – Z of Locations: O is for Orford

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

O is for Orford / Orford Ness

Orford Ness shingle spit

Orford Ness is a shingle spit linked to the mainland at Aldeburgh, stretching along the coast to Orford and divided from the mainland by the River Alde. It is ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, this National Nature Reserve sees rare and fragile wildlife thrive where weapons, including atomic bombs, were tested and perfected.

To reach the shingle spit you need to take a National Trust ferry ‘Octavia’ and once there you can follow trails through a stunning landscape and ex-military testing areas, buildings and displays.

Orford itself is one of the prettiest villages on the Suffolk Coast with a castle, pretty cottages and welcoming pubs to the picturesque quay offering river cruises.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

31 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: O is for Orford”

  1. “this National Nature Reserve sees rare and fragile wildlife thrive where weapons, including atomic bombs, were tested and perfected.” Well, that wasn’t a second half of a sentence that I was expecting. Seems horrific to imagine such a pretty place being a location for testing weapons of mass destruction. Beautiful photos.

    1. It is a bit of a shock I agree. If you follow the link in my reply to Bushboy then you will find that the place has quite a unique history.

  2. Interesting to know that wildlife can thrive after an atomic bomb test. This just proves how strong and resilent the natural environment is. I hear similar stories in places like Chernoble, the animals etc are slowly returning. What exactly is a Shingle Feature? Geological Formation? I really like your photos of the Boats and Clouds.

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