Saturday 18 April 2015
Harwich to Hollesley, Suffolk
Run Cottage Touring Park
I was treated to another lie in this morning on another glorious day.
I even had time to consume a sumptuous full English breakfast at the hotel because the first ferry to Felixstowe didn’t leave until 10.15 am.
Harwich Harbour was a little choppy as it was really windy and I got sprayed with the builders tea brown water of the North Sea a few times. Refreshing. It was nice to finally leave Essex behind and feel like I’m getting somewhere. The walk through Felixstowe was nice, yet more military history and some rather grand houses as I moved further away from the port.
I had to get another ferry across the Deben River to Bawdsey and then I spent most of the afternoon trudging slowly along shingle beach, which is hard work but a good workout. I passed 7 Martello Towers today, some of them must have been on Grand Designs as they looked like people’s homes. I spent most of the afternoon on my own, not passing anyone and walking headlong into a strong wind, which was quite peaceful really. It wasn’t until Shingle Street, a long stretch of shingle with a small village, that people started appearing; lots of kite surfers taking advantage of the combination of wind and sun.
Just as I left Shingle Street I happened across a group of sea kayakers who had set up camp on the beach. They are doing a 14 day challenge to raise money to save turtle doves. Www.dovestep2.wordpress.com. Good luck to Jonny and his crew.
After luxury last night it’s back to camping tonight.