Suffolk Weekend 13th – 15th May 2016
The group enjoyed a lovely weekend walking in Suffolk kindly organised by Clive and Jo who frequently visit the area. Most of the group arrived at Sizewell beach by Friday lunchtime to enjoy welcome refreshments at the café before the first walk of the weekend. This took us for about five miles along grassy dunes, through woodland, over Leiston Common and back along the beach. The weather was rather unsettled with a brisk wind but with no rain, so all returned windswept but dry.
The weather on Saturday was a bit brighter but still windy as the group met at Dunwich beach for a walk of about 10 miles. We were delighted to be joined by Roy and Sue who were active members of East Herts Ramblers before they moved to Norfolk some years ago. Helen was also able to take part even with a recently plastered broken wrist. The walk started over Dunwich Heath to the Coastguard Cottages where we enjoyed a warming coffee break. We then followed the sea wall passing around the RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve Minsmere when there was great excitement when the booming of a bittern was heard and then on to the village of Eastbridge. A leisurely picnic lunch was taken, with some even having time for a nap, on the edge of the woods at a location aptly marked as Clive’s Place! The walk continued in the afternoon through more woodland and on lovely dry sandy paths back to Dunwich.
The group met up in the evening for what has become the traditional Saturday meal out with an extensive carvery dinner at the Vulcan Arms, Sizewell. The main meal was followed by a great choice of puddings with many portions of treacle sponge and custard consumed!
The group met the next morning ready to walk off the previous night’s meal, again starting from Sizewell beach with the weather being much calmer with some sunshine. The morning walk of about 4 miles took us over Aldringham Common to Thorpeness where we had lunch of sandwiches and chips at the Golf Club. This was supplemented by a beautiful fruit cake provided by Sylvia and Brian to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The afternoon walk of about 3 miles started with a short walk through the unusual village architecture then back to Sizewell via Thorpeness Common.
We would all like to thank Clive and Jo for organising the weekend, which was greatly enhanced by their extensive knowledge of the area and local bird life.
Our next holiday is a week in the Lake District in September so we have the summer to increase our fitness levels as the walking will no doubt be a bit more strenuous!