Day 13 Bye Bye Essex, Hello Suffolk

Saturday 18 April 2015

Harwich to Hollesley, Suffolk
13 miles
Run Cottage Touring Park

I was treated to another lie in this morning on another glorious day.  

Looking across at Felixstowe as the sun rises
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.  

the ferry landed at Felixstowe with one of several huge container ships in the background
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.  

Lots of kites out at Shingle Street and a path of shells laid to mark the way to the Lifeboatmen Cottages
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. Good luck to Jonny and his crew. 

After luxury last night it’s back to camping tonight. 

7 thoughts on “Day 13 Bye Bye Essex, Hello Suffolk

  1. jstumm April 18, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    Have you any idea how many counties you will pass through? Evelyn and I studied the map today, she gave you quite a few short cuts, including choping off most of Scotland! She was a bit in awe of the size of the task at hand 😊


    • Lucy April 18, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      I haven’t counted. Maybe you can tell me?


      • jstumm April 18, 2015 / 8:09 pm

        I think 55, depending on which corners you cut, and how high uprivers you go. Will start keeping track now…


      • Lucy April 20, 2015 / 8:26 pm

        I have a question for your students: why do we build our power stations by the sea? Perhaps they can write a reply in their best English.


  2. chris frazer April 19, 2015 / 3:27 am

    Beautiful county….sounds fabulous. When will you reach north Norfolk? Specifically the town of Weybourne just outside of Sheringham… Aunt has a B&B 100m inland from the coast? Take a look……

    On on Marshal of the Air (Retd)………


    • Lucy April 19, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      Looks lovely, but is over my budget and fully booked. Shall I pop in and say hi?


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