The Freston Boot is situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) within the Shotley Peninsula.
We are right on the edge of Freston Wood, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of the most spectacular Bluebell woods in Suffolk.
The woods are obviously at their best in mid-late spring, when not only bluebells but also thousands of wild garlic flowers are in bloom. Walking through in other seasons is nearly as enchanting, especially when you can finish at The Boot for a drink and a meal.
You can see the route on this map.
We’re labelled (PH) towards the bottom right of the map, just below the number ‘2’.
For full details of the routes and other points of interest, you can download this pdf, part of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Explorer series.
We’re also only a short walk from Freston Tower. Located within Freston Park, close to the shores of the Orwell, the tower is historic building owned by the Landmark Trust. It was built in the late 16th century by Thomas Gooding, a wealthy Ipswich merchant and is now a holiday let, so there’s no admission into the building, but it’s still an interesting spectacle from the outside.