Suffolk Coast

Experience an English seaside walking holiday on a coast that will always be at the mercy of wind and the sea. Although its outline is ever changing, its old villages and seaside towns retain a timeless charm. Dates 2019: 14th - 20th July

There is something almost symphonic about the wind that blows over Suffolk’s Channel coast for it is invigorating and uplifting. We may be stretching a point here but we think composer Benjamin Britten (visit to his Red House included), who lived in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, was inspired by it on his daily afternoon walks along the shingle beach.

In planning this walking holiday we have been very careful to include all the essential elements of a traditional English seaside holiday such as pub lunches, a smugglers’ inn and a fish and chip picnic on the beach. It is said that fish is one of the best foods for the brain so I feel this can only lead to greatness after a few days eating along the Suffolk coastline.

Aldeburgh is one of those ports along with Southwold that has been trapped in a time warp but Aldeburgh has lost half its being to the advancing seas. Indeed this is normality for the Suffolk coast and in Dunwich they say you can still hear the bells tolling under the sea, sucked down salt deep into the davey dark back in the medieval days.

Walking the Suffolk coast you will discover that the line between land and sea is not a clear one as we walk around salt marshes and onwards to slowly eroding headlands. Such ambiguity keeps man at bay and allows birdlife such as avocets, red breasted mergansers and marsh harriers to thrive. The salt marshes have an eerie beauty to them, a rushing, rustling sound as the reeds lean and scurry in the sea breeze.

James hosts this trip. Hotels, restaurants and visits have been carefully selected to reveal the character and colour of the Suffolk Coast. All meals are included and lunch will be a mix of picnics, pubs and restaurants.

Accommodation

THE CROWN

An intimate combination of small hotel, wine bar, pub and restaurant the Adnams Crown Hotel in the heart of Southwold buzzes with a lively informality.  All rooms are en suite and there is Wifi.  It is just a short walk to the seaside lined with its famous coloured beach huts.  2 nights

THE WENTWORTH

In the same family since the 20s this country hotel by the sea is a striking point of reference on pretty Aldeburgh’s coast.  En suite bedrooms, comfortable lounges, an elegant restaurant and a sunny terrace – a perfect combination of comfort and luxury.  Wifi.  4 nights.  There is an option to upgrade to sea view rooms here as we prefer to take the inland facing rooms where you can get less gull noise!

Grade Of Walking

There are good strong paths along the coast. We will cover a maximum of 65 kilometres. We will sometimes walk along the beach which can be hard going, but again only enough to make you puff a little. There is always a vehicle for those of you who are feeling tired.

We always suggest walking the morning walk. For those feeling tired in the afternoon there is always a vehicle to take you back to the hotel. Our hotels have been carefully chosen (see ACCOMMODATION) so they are all excellent places for relaxing, reading and just taking it easy. The fact that we do not officially offer time in the villages that we stay in as we always have walks on offer means that often people will take an afternoon off to enjoy village life.

FOOD & WINE

Wine lists throughout the week offer a grand selection of French, Italian, Spanish, Australian and Chilean wines. If you enjoy English beer, the Adnams brewery is just round the corner in Southwold producing some of the world’s best beer and spirits.

Fish abounds on the coast. The best food for the brain! Some of the world's best oysters are from the East Anglian mud flats and restaurants with their own smokeries are etched in Suffolk gastronomic history like the Butley Orford Oysterage and The Company Shed.

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DURATION

7 Days

DISTANCE

36 miles

PRICE

£1990 pp

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

£320 pp

DATES

14 Jul - 20 Jul