Felixstowe is Britainís largest container port, and the town of Felixstowe a pleasant small holiday resort. North of the Deben estuary, in the forests, can be found the Bentwaters Cold War Museum, plenty of recreational facilities, and even oyster beds on the Butley River.
The coast of this part of Suffolk is unique. Orford Ness is an eleven mile spit of land running south from Aldeburgh, a breeding ground for seabirds, and home to a former top secret military radar establishment. Aldeburgh itself is a pleasant town, with a small beach fishing fleet. A sculpture lies on the beach, The Scallop, in the shape of a scallop shell, dedicated to composer Benjamin Britten, who started the Music Festival held annually at nearby Snape Maltings.
Past the nuclear power station at Sizewell lies the small village of Dunwich. The town of Dunwich, once a flourishing port, was swept away by the sea following a breach in the sea defences. All that remains of the thirteenth century town is part of the churchyard and Greyfriars Priory. To the north is Southwold, an elegant town. This whole coastline is backed by heathland where banks of purple heather, yellow gorse and the ubiquitous fern are complemented by extensive woodlands, criss-crossed by sandy trails.
Lowestoft, the easternmost point of the British Isles owes its existence to seafaring. At the mouth of the River Waveney and Oulton Broad, it is a fishing and seaport. Its lifeboat station was founded in 1801, 23 years before the Royal National Lifeboat Institution came in to being.
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