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Boyton is a small civil parish in Suffolk, otherwise part of East Anglia. It contains at the most a population of 150 inhabitants, but also attractive for having nearby the RSPB Boyton Marshes and Orford Ness; it is part of the Suffolk coast, an area of outstanding beauty. This area of East Anglia is considerably one of the most pretty, stunning and inspirational places in the UK, thanks to its surroundings and people.

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Boyton has a population of 147 people according to the 2011 census, but it has started to decline in recent years.

Agriculture is the only economy existent in the area, the places around are fields and woods inhabited by local wildlife.

Noise is non existent totally in the area, leaving only the sounds of deers that can occasionally pass through someone's gardens. Also seagulls and other birds can be heard.

Boyton never became crowded in History and never will be really, with the population barely over 100 and is decreasing; also for curiosity, even the local people of nearby like Woodbridge or Framingham mostly don't know this parish.



Boyton has a quite mild area, but it should not be discounted that it would not be freezing; because it's next to the sea, it can have mild temperatures compared to the rest of England in winter, but it can become cold very with icy flows; often because of the winds from Scandinavia.

The autumn and early spring tend to be the Wettest times of the year, but it can be rainy at any time in this area.


Ancient times[edit]

Already since the Mesolithic times, Boyton and its surroundings had prehistoric tribes roaming around the Marshes for fish and animals, as a piece of evidence in Boyton was found an Bronze age golden torque that can be seen in British museum.

Presumably also the Iceni and the Trinnovantes roamed in the area; alas nothing is left since those days apart a few vases and ancient artefacts.

Medieval Times[edit]

When the Romans left, Anglo, Saxons and some Frisians and Franks came from the Friesland, Jutland, Northern Germany, Götaland, Skåne and South Norway, because being on the other side of the North Sea it was one of the most obvious places to invade when the romans went back to Rome.

An Anglo-Saxon settlement in fact has been identified on Burrow Hill (North East of Boyton) once an island.

Not a lot is known of Boyton in the Dark ages, its name came in fact from the Dark ages, in fatc it was called in the old days Boituna in Domesday book, the proposed derivation of the modern name is the Bay Town from the proximity of the village to Hollesley Bay.

In those days the sea was incredibly near with the coast under water and some nearby hills were islands.

One of the most important evidences is that in the North East section of Boyton it was found an important Anglo-Saxon settlement.

Modern Times[edit]

Till the 1700-1800 fishing and agriculture was one of the main exports, while smuggling was one of the most common parts in everyday life in Boyton and the Suffolk coast, which lasted from 1750 to 1850.

During the two World Wars the agriculture and population declined due to the trustees volunteering to help in the war.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

There is one mane way to get in in Boyton; the nearest is from Orford, you start from front street passing the King's head and continue till you turn for Ipswich road, keep straight n the road for Sudborn road till you see a roundabout and turn left for the B1084, then cut through Chillesford then going for Orford road.

You'll pass through Butley for Church road then turning again left at Butley Abbey, keeping on Church road, then turn left at Capel St. Andrew, after that turn don't change road till the second turn, then turn left keeping straight and you have arrived; all this will take 15 minutes without traffic.

By horse[edit]

It is possible to get to Boyton also by horse.

There are stables and horse clubs in the area which do permit you or give you a chance to ride on a horse and arrive in Boyton, with another person of the club to control the horses. Proposing that because Boyton is really in a isolated place, it would be very nice and a charming experience for your holiday.

Of course you have to take the same route by car.

Get around[edit]

Boyton is so small that it is possible to walk through the village in only 9mm on foot.

Boyton is surrounded by fields and woods, like Rendelsham Forest; in fact there are foot paths almost in everywhere; making a real paradise for walkers, cyclists and hikers. The only things that mite block you or are in the way are deers, which there are many including white hearts; but also badgers and foxes are not rare at all.

Of course mud is a tricky problem, because being on an sandy soil, it can become quite a problem fro walkers, it is advised for mud boots, like Wellingtons.

Hills are almost non-existent in the area around Boyton, so it won't be difficult for walkers to walk around. Of course horses are allowed in the woods with the horse raiders.

  • Suffolk Punch Trust [1]

See[edit][add listing]

Being a small hamlet considering its proportions, it may have some attractions inside the village or around, but certainly not as many as Rome.

There one main attraction to see around Boyton, which are is:

  • St. Andrew's Church [2], a very old church with a Norman doorway which is in itself a very old and Historical building for Boyton.
Church of Boyton


The top spots to see the fauna is of course Rendelsham Forest, with its tall trees and paths, there you can spot lots of deers which are normally seen at dawn and dusk, it's a rarity to spot them in the day; but if you want to see them at that time, you must go to the thickest part of the forest.

Also bunnies, hares, badgers and moles can be seen in the forest.

To the marshes and coast flora (NOTE: Wild Flowers cannot be picked up, neither the shells or anything else that is part of the coast, only the locals of the coast can, but it is restricted). Some of the plants in the dykes and pools are patches, reed, sedge with patches of hedgerow, scrub and bramble.

Damp grazing marshes and pools are important for breeding Redshank, Lapwing and Avocet, while winter is good for ducks and gees. Harrier and Barn Owl can be found all year round with Hen Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzards during the winter too.

Summer is the time when all birds and migrators can be seen, like the Yellow wagtail, Avocet, Redshank, Lapwing, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier. Rarities at the site include Sandhill Crane, Glossy Ibis and even the White-tailed Eagle.

Also grey Seals can be seen in the summer in the marshes.

The Landscape is breathtaking, if not majestic with its coast and marshes which is fantastic for photography.

Animal Spotting Places
Boyton is constantly full of White Hearts, seals, whales if lucky ad other animals, in fact, there is not a chance of having a journey in or out of Boyton without seeing a wild animal, here are the top places to see them:


  • Rendelsham Forest; in deeper parts would be better
  • Boyton; the village it self has visitors at night going through the road or even in a garden.


  • RSPB Boyton Marshes&River Alde; an outstanding if not striking area where grey seals in the summer gather along the coast.
  • Butley Foot Ferry; in summer 3 times a year there is a foot ferry from the 1500, probably the oldest ferry in the British Isles still in use, where quite often, while passing through an occasional seal might pop up for air.

Bird Life

  • RSPB Boyton Marshes; a paradise for bird watchers, full of birds from North and South, one of the best places to spot birds, but on right time.
  • Bawdsey hall, another secret place where not only lots of animals, but also an amaizing amount of birds, with becoming a photographer's hidden secret.


  • Shingle street; a isolated place where whales can be seen a twice or five times a month, seen from quite a distance, depending on how near and fast they are.

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  • RSPB Boyton Marshes- [3];

A Naturalists paradise (and walkers) full of paths and wildlife and stunning scenery which can be enjoyed on foot, by horse or by bicycle.

  • Fishing in the Butley River is allowed. You can also do deer spotting; there are so many, go spotting early or late in the day.-- 11:21, 31 October 2015 (EDT)

Walks&Foot Paths[edit]

Boyton and the Suffolk Coast and around are true paradises for walkers which can become incredibly relaxing and to enjoy all the time.

Start at the last houses on the Western Side of Boyton, walk till you are where the road to the RSPB Boyton Marshes starts, but don't go there, turn left. Keep going till you're at a round about and turn right. Keep on walking and stay on that road till ferry farm, go straight on till you have arrived to Butley Ferry. After you have gone through the river by ferry head to Gedgrave Hall; Note that you will have to use acompuss or a map because there is no road from Butley Ferry to Gedgrave Hall, but it will take only 20mm so don't worry. From Gedgrave Hall walk straight on without turning around. When you've arrived near the Methodist Church in Orford at a corner turn around left till you see Orford Castle. Spend a few hours there to see the castle and have lunch at Pinney's of Orford. After had lunch go through Quay Street then front street then walk straight on the Ipswich then Sudborn Road. After you have entered Snape road keep and you have arrived in Sudborn; but don't stop! Keep on Snape road and you have arrived in Snape Maltings. After spending an hour or two shopping and having a snack and seen the shops continue the walk. After you had your visit follow the B1069 till Tunstall Forest Livery, there left for the Walk Farm Road. Continue on Mill lane till you will a be on a bigger road, then turn right. Keep on the same road till you're on the 1084, and walk on this road till you've arrived in Butley. From Butley carry on walk to church road and keep on going, then at the first crossing at Capel St.Andrew turn leftand stay on the same road till you have arrived in Boyton.

Start in Boyton from where you are and turn left and keep on the same road. At the first crossing turn left on the Boyton road. At a certain point it will become Duck corner but don't turn yet; but by the third crossing you see (now you're in Hollesley) left again. Continue on Rectory Road, then at the first crossing after Hollesley turn left and then keep on shingle street. After having arrived you might want to spend an hour or three having a picnic on this wonderfully wild beach, then at the end you can turn back again and do the same road.

Butley Ferry[edit]

Butley Ferry is the oldest ferry still in use in Britain, from the 16th century. It is located on the river Butley.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Restaurants are non-existents in Boyton, which is a real pity. Not even picnic areas exist for being so rural, it is obliged to go to the nearest restaurants in the area:

  • The Shepard and Dog Inn [4] (Only 6mm from Boyton) ☎ 01394 411855. Serves from Fresh Leek&Potatoe Soup to Parma Ham to Roast Rib of Scottish Beef to iced raspberry parfait, plus wine list and bar menu; 2 courses £20-3 courses £24.

Tuesday-Saturday Lunch and Dinner.

  • Pinneys of Orford [5] (18mm from Boyton) ☎01394 450277. Serves fish in a nice approach of design and taste and quality; from the beginning of April to the end of July:

Wednesday to Saturday evenings; Throughout August:Every evening; From September to the end of October: Wednesday to Saturday evenings; From the beginning of November to the end of March:Friday and Saturday evenings only; Dinner orders are taken from 6:30pm to 9:00pm; Saturday orders taken from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

  • The Sorrel Horse [6] (13mm from Boyton) ☎01394 411617 .

Monday evenings is Curry night with a different dish served each week, together with a drink for ONLY £6* per person; Tuesday evenings it's Dingley Dell Bangers & Mash with a drink for ONLY £6* per person; Thursday lunch & evening - Fish and Chips for £7.75, eat-in or take-away; Friday lunch & evening - Fish and Chips for £7.75, eat-in or take-away; Sunday lunch, afternoon or evening - enjoy a choice of roast dinners with all the trimmings.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Unfortunately there are no shops available at all in Boyton, if there are any, it's the pantry's which sell the local produce from the local people, normally 50p or £1 each product.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is only one establishment for sleep in Boyton.

  • The Old reading room [7]; Offers a small cottage with a double bedroom, bath, kitchen and living room and burning stove. ☎01728 638058.Prices depend on time of year.


It is advised to the traveler that if the isolation is too much and it can become a problem, in a place where there is a bad line calling and not good internet you might be considering going to internet café's nearby:

  • Wild Strawberry Café [8] ☎01394 388881

There can be problems that you will encounter when you are visiting this area, the following are:

  • Total Isolation, some people might find the Suffolk Coast too lonely in isolation or even dreadful at the thought of living with nearly nothing compared to the city.
  • No Technology, some travelers might be stunned to the sight of little technology available in the area where they are.

Of course this won't happen in big cities like Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds or Stowmarket, but apart from these quite urban and civilized areas, but often happens in the rural places, which Suffolk is mostly full of with the lack of TV for example.

  • Café Nero [9] ☎01394 387146

Sending letters might come supportive for the family and friends also should be used:

  • Woodbridge Post Office [10] ☎01394 382080

Get out[edit]

There are lots of interesting outdoor activities to do and see; attractive destinations with history in them are nearby that may take you back to this hidden gem.

  • Ipswich is the capital of Suffolk, the top places to go are the Harbor, Ipswich Museum, it also has cinemas, Art Galleries, nice Parks and it's market.
  • Sutton Hoo is a burial site where a Anglo-Saxon King is still buried, it also has an exhibition and a café.
  • Orford Castle, was built by Henry II on the Suffolk Coast between 1167 and 1175 to consolidate the power in the area.
  • London is an electric city which is only 2h 35mm from here, it is an exiting place to spend the day and to experience a different way of life from Rural Suffolk.
  • Framingham Castle, a Tudor Castle with Historical importance inside a lovely town.

This Castle is very old and important and most of all Beautiful (Bloody Mary declared herself queen and war against Lady Jane Grey here).

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