Day 16 Suffolk’s Contrasting Landscapes

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Dunwich to Kessingland
17 miles
Camping at Kessingland Park Resorts

Another beautiful sunny day; if only this weather could go on all year. I managed an early start and headed for the small village of Dunwich, which is famous for most of the town now being under the sea. It has a beautiful relic of a 15th Century Friary.  

Dunwich 15th Century Friary
 I spent most of the morning walking through woodland with views across the marshes, which was really very pleasant. The walk between Dunwich and Southwold, via the somewhat inland coastal path as far as Walberswick, is well worth the effort. I rewarded myself with a late breakfast at the Walberswick tea rooms. As I sat in the sunshine eating a sausage bap and contemplating the wonderful scenery I reminded myself that I need to think of this morning when I’m cold, wet, hungry, have nowhere to stay etc as this is one of the really good moments. 

Unfortunately the foot ferry across the River Blyth between Walberswick and Southwold only runs at weekends so I was forced to walk to the Bailey bridge, adding 30 mins.  

looking up The Blyth from Walberswick with the fishermans shacks and Southwold in the background
Looking back across The Blyth at Walberswick
I stopped on Gun Hill in Southwold to admire the view out to sea, where the 1672 Battle of Sole Bay was fought between the English (augmented by the French) and the Dutch; there were no winners. If you ever listen to Blyth 105 FM they have the best radio studio with a cracking view.  

Blyth 105 FM hard at work
I stopped for lunch on Southwold Pier – a salad today as I need more vegetables in my diet (followed by coffee and cake!). The early afternoon walk to Covehithe was not the best; it was high tide so I had to walk inland and that meant 1.5 miles along a busy road with no footpath, which is the official Suffolk Coast Path. I survived the experience and then from Covehithe the last 3 miles were along the beach in the sunshine. Lovely. The cliff erosion is quite bad in this area and I had a good view of the (small) cliffs. As I wanted to get my tent pitched I didn’t stop for a paddle in the dirty brown sea, but it was calling me. I passed 5 people and 3 asked me about my trip. What a lovely day.  

a lovely day on the long beach between Covehithe and Kessingland

8 thoughts on “Day 16 Suffolk’s Contrasting Landscapes

  1. jomunday99 April 21, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    That’s a lot of miles clocked up and no mention of sore feet! Is it getting easier? Lots of food detail though so I’m happy!


    • Lucy April 21, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Not getting a lot easier unfortunately. My feet still hurt a lot but I’ve given up mentioning them otherwise that would be the whole blog. Probably taking some time off on Thur to go to a shop and try other footwear.


  2. Donna Munday April 21, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Really enjoying your blog Luc. Walberswick is lovely, spent a great couple of days on the beach there in years gone by. Shame you’re not there later in the year, as Latitude Festival is near there too I think, and has some amazing stuff on.
    Am feeling v sorry for your poor feet but worried about you trying to break new shoes in! Is there anything we could send ahead to a future overnight stop to help you, foot balm, compeed plasters (have you tried them, they’re great for skiing blisters)……
    Donna xxx


    • Lucy April 22, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions re feet. Hopefully my new boots will help. Compeed is good stuff for short periods


  3. chris frazer April 22, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Well Done Juice awesome piccys…you are in a lovely county………

    Keep going and try not think about the feet…….

    I see you have a Camelback….are you adding anything to the water to replace what you have lost in perspiration to ensure the mineral balance is correct? Have you tried energy gels and protein bars…they taste like the obvious but that caffeine and sugar gives you a hit…I would recommend both. Salad……uhhm! Vegetables for you young lady….not lettuce and cucumber they have 0 nutritional value

    On on Marshal of the Air (Retd)…keep going and watch out for snakes


    • Lucy April 22, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Ok Herr General. Definitely not using gels or bars as they rot my stomach. Ok for short periods only. I’m not sweating enough that I can’t replace the salt by eating chips!!!


  4. jstumm April 22, 2015 / 6:00 am

    What exactly are your shoes? Have you thought about walking shoes, like mine, rather than boots? OK, I don’t walk anywhere near as far, or as often, as you are, but they are probably worth a try?! Did you try mine on? I have an Italian cheaper brand, but Andreas has Asolo, but he says you should get Scarpa shoes. I looked, the Scarpa Oxygen or Zen/Zen Pro are probably worth looking at (all have a women’s version). The Scarpa Mojito is classed as a Lifestyle shoe (rather than light hiking), but may also be worth a look. Cotswold Outdoors in Norwich stocks both Asolo and Scarpa. Norfolk country clothing in Kings Lynn has the Mojito, and others. Peterborough also has a Cotsworlds Outdoor store, and Wrights Ski and Foot Solutions. Oh no, not that you end up going someplace off track and can’t get anything. But Cotswold Outdoors seems to have a few shops, so maybe you could always order in one and collect in another if they don’t have the right size or something? Just a thought. Better do the work I was supposed to be doing. Keep going…


    • Lucy April 22, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks for the help. Can’t believe all the online research you must have done! You should be booking my accommodation! Have Salomon boots now so hopefully better.


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