Suffolk has Sun, Wide Skies and Natural Coastline – a Summer Treat
Suffolk has many attractions all year round, but the wide skies and long beaches make it the ideal summer destination for those seeking relaxation, fresh air and sun. One of our favorite days out is to visit the coast. We travel the country route from here at Upthorpe Lodges, via Harleston and Halesworth, to Walberswick at the mouth of the river Blyth. Walberswick is a charming seaside village overlooking a small fishing harbour and sand dunes to the east. Traditional country cottages decked with roses and honeysuckles sit close to the main street leading to the beach, and for those wishing to linger there’s a couple of pubs and two or three cafes.
Southwold ferry crosses the Blyth between Southwold and Walberswick.
But for us, Walberswick is the starting and finishing point for a varied and interesting walk which includes a ferry crossing by rowing boat. Upon disembarking we head for the beach at the south end of Southwold. Avoiding the temptation to purchase some freshly caught seafood from the fisherman’s huts on the river bank, we head for the beach. The beach itself is a nice mixture of sand and pebbles, but this approach provides a constantly changing view of the town. The colorful beach huts and its stylishly refurbished long pier are images replicated in the galleries both here and along the coast.
Pubs and Cafes
There’s plenty of choice for lunch venues and this time we’ve chosen Coaster’s cafe where the food is delicious. Suffolk has some well-known brewers and it may not escape your notice that Southwold is home to Adnams. There’s a good range of Adnam’s pubs serving food all day, but you’ll also find Greene King and Aspalls are served in the town too. After a welcome rest from having walked part of the journey seeking shells on the beach, we wind our way back to the cliff tops passing old canons and close-up views of the lighthouse along the way. The pier is a popular visitor attraction which has all that you might expect but with a touch of style.
Round the Town
We enjoyed fresh fish from the Suffolk coast.
Just beyond the pier to the north, and we are guided by a footpath sign which leads us inland along a raised bank set amongst marshland and reedbeds. We’re delighted to see Reed Buntings and Herons plus some attractive cattle making use of the lush grass. We soon round the town and catch sight of the harbour once again. Alas we’re too late to catch some fresh fish so we take the foot bridge across the Blyth this time and for a short distance we follow the path which was once the railway route, before veering towards Walberswick church where our car is parked. A summer treat for sure.
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Many of our guests are not just attracted to us because of our luxury lodges and hot tubs. Some are also attracted by the great wildlife which can be found in Suffolk’s hidden corners, rivers, lakes and coast. For the last three years we have supported the annual Suffolk Wildlife Trust photographic competition. In 2017 the winner of the ‘public vote’ won a two-night stay at one of our lodges. Colin Barley won our prize with his outstanding image of a hedgehog at night. We were particularly pleased as we have been doing our bit for hedgehogs this year. We’ve provided gaps under fences and saucers of water. Plus, we avoid using garden chemicals and a number of guests have spotted hedgehogs!
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Suffolk Wildlife Trust does fantastic work throughout our rural county with some special wildlife sites close to Upthorpe Lodges including Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Lackford Lakes, Knettishall Heath and Bradfield Woods. If it’s just a refreshing country walk you’re looking for then these venues won’t disappoint but if you are more serious about watching wildlife then these places are special for different reasons. If you want to experience some coastal scenes and possibly see Avocets, Bitterns and Marsh Harriers then the east of Suffolk is easily accessible as well.
Though Suffolk’s bird life is the most popular wildlife attraction we also have some great woodlands and meadows, estuaries and heathland to boast about. If you want advice as to where to find the best wildlife spotting in East Anglia then just ask and we’ll be happy to advise.
More information can be found at: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/
Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast, is well-known far and wide, but there are many other great locations in East Anglia and especially Suffolk for getting close to nature. Regular visitor to Upthorpe Lodges, photographer Robert Fearn from Nottinghamshire, captured this alert looking pair of stoats whilst holidaying in Suffolk in 2016. He was persuaded by a friend to enter the annual Daily Mail photography competition and his was his winning photo. Robert spotted the stoats on a log pile at nearby Lackford Lakes. We also have other Suffolk Wildlife Trust locations not far away, at Ixworth, Redgrave and Knettishall.
At Ixworth, Mickle Mere is a water meadow submersed for most of the year, hosting regular visitors such as Barn Owls, Egrets and flocks of geese. There is a single hide accessed a little way from Pakenham Water Mill , a great and unusual local attraction. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is situated on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, a sheltered reserve with a circular walk. Knettishall Heath is a favorite place for local dog-walkers and young families, and is quite atmospheric on a misty morning.
Lackford lakes is particularly varied with the occasional Osprey dropping in, and if you’ve never been close to a Kingfisher then it’s hard to think of a better opportunity than here. There’s a great visitor centre with large viewing windows and plenty of info for novice wildlife watchers, plus binoculars can be borrowed too.
Roberts work can be viewed at https://www.robertfearnphotography.co.uk/
Pakenham Water Mill: http://pakenhamwatermill.org.uk/
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Mickle Mere: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/micklemere