Tuesday 21 April 2015
Dunwich to Kessingland
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.
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.
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.
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.