Suffolk Countryside to Explore this Spring and Summer
Suffolk is quite rightly well-known for its varied natural coastline and coastal towns such as Aldeburgh, Southwold and Felixstowe. However the countryside of Suffolk can be equally as rewarding for those seeking peace and tranquility in a natural landscape.
It’s a well-kept secret, but Suffolk stretches into an area of East Anglia now known as ‘The Brecks’. This flinty ground straddles the west of Suffolk and Norfolk from close to Stanton across to Mildenhall and beyond. It includes Thetford Forest, Britain’s largest lowland Pine forest, and this brings with it miles and miles of walking and off-road cycling trails. The forest is also home to the less common Red Squirrel and the hard to find Nightjar. Cycles can be hired from the ‘High Lodge’ forest centre, and there’s a high ropes course as well if you dare to view from above.
John Constable’s most popular paintings were landscapes of Suffolk, particularly along the Stour. This wildlife-rich river meanders through Sudbury, Bures and Dedham. All are colourful locations full of history, and each a starting point for rewarding riverside walks. Sudbury is a charming market town which prospered in the wool-trade period, along with the nearby historic villages of Long Melford, Lavenham and Clare. The home of Constable’s most famous painting is the National Gallery, but for the location of ‘The Haywain’, head for Flatford, between Ipswich and Dedham.
The Suffolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are universally popular (even getting a mention in a Bowie hit!). But it’s not so well-known that the ‘Broads’ span across the border to the edge of the Suffolk town of Beccles. Beccles is a great starting point for exploring the area by day-boat, or taking waterside rambles. Further upstream you’ll find the market town of Bungay, set amongst the countryside surrounding the river Waveney.
Our central location at Upthorpe Lodges is ideal for those wishing to go out and explore. If you can bare to be away from your lodge for a while, then why not follow these links to explore more of our lovely area: