Trish on Tuesday - walk..
Starting early from Walberswick and heading south through the beautiful reed beds, towards the Dingle at Dunwich. Big blue skies, and a calm sea to the east. No one around, I am just taking a few friends on a guided walk so we are feeling this is all 'ours', Suffolk has a calmness and beauty of its own. This is an easy walk onto the edge of the marsh past a couple of cottages and then through the woods heading for Dunwich village. There are the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Konik ponies grazing on their reserve alongside many species of wildlife. The Museum at Dunwich gives us an insight into the history of this place and how life was years ago. It is a good educational place for people of all ages. Jane is doing a marvellous job managing it.
A quick drink and lunch, potted shrimps recommended, at the Ship Inn at Dunwich for the walkers and our one dog, Twig. Then heading for the Priory we are walking on the edge of the cliffs and take time to see that view back to Southwold and the start of our walk, the curving Sole Bay. We are aware of the coast and how it is changing, what will it be like next year? More cliffs battered by waves perhaps? Walking on past the Priory and a few cottages before keeping south through mixed woodland and on to the Dunwich Heath, owned by the National Trust. Acres of heather and silver birch, unspoilt and untouched for years. Well signed paths take us to the Coastguard Cottages for a tea stop. It was good to be walking with friends and enjoying and sharing this part of Suffolk I have known for so long.
More information on the local area and plenty more walks on from here to Minsmere, Eastbridge, Sizewell and Thorpeness. I will be back walking again round here as soon as I can!
Trish on Tuesday 7 July 2015