The North Warren reserve lies on the Suffolk coast on the north edge of the town of Aldeburgh and to the south of Thorpeness. Thousands of ducks, swans and geese use the marshes in winter, while spring hosts breeding bitterns, marsh harriers, woodlarks and nightingales.
Travel by public transport
A demand-response bus service can be requested (at least 24 hours notice) to provide access to the reserve from the railway station. Details of the service can be found by calling 0345 606 6171.
The south-eastern car park (Thorpe Road Car Park) enables access to a tarmac path running north. This provides views across the southern marshes of the reserve.
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Getting around outside
Designated Walking Trail
· Network of public and permissive paths, largely on flat ground or moderate inclines.
· The south-eastern section of the shore path is wide and surfaced. The remaining paths are narrow in places and with uneven surfaces. There is a short section of boardwalk on the western edge of the reedbed.
· There are five benches spread around the trails, two with backs and armrests.
· There are two information boards, one mid-way along the eastern edge of the grazing marsh opposite the small car park and one at the viewing point at the eastern edge of the reedbed.
· Raised viewing platform 0.12 miles/0.2 km overlooking south marsh. Accessed via a short boardwalk and steps.
· Raised viewing platform 0.27 miles/ 0.45km overlooking south marsh. Accessed via a short boardwalk and steps.
· Raised viewing platform1.2 miles/1.9 km overlooking north marsh with fixed height viewing slots, but at a relatively low level. Accessed via steps.
· Raised viewing platform 1.8 miles/2.9 km, and bench overlooking the reedbed. Accessed from a boardwalk and steps.
Nearest toilets, including accessible WC and baby changing facilities, in Aldeburgh (½ mile/0.8km) or Thorpeness Mere 2 miles/3km.
Nearest refreshments, including hot food, in Aldeburgh (½ mile/0.8km) or Thorpeness 2 miles/3km.
Customer care support
· All-terrain wheelchair can be booked in person at 48 High Street, Aldeburgh or via Aldeburgh Tourist Information Centre on 01728 453637. This is picked up from the East Suffolk Council pay-and-display car park at the south-east boundary.