13 Feb

This 5-mile circular route on the Suffolk coast provides the best of both worlds – beach and countryside. It takes around 2 hours (when walking non-stop) however, as both Aldeburgh and Thorpeness are so charming, we tend to make a whole day of it to make sure we get to enjoy what each has to offer.

Start at the main car park in Aldeburgh, which is located at the end of Slaughden Road, off of the High Street. Here you can head straight down on to the beach (which is a very pebbled one, so it’s wise to wear hardy shoes!). Also, check the Suffolk Tourist guide website before you go to find out about dog restrictions.

Basically, all you do now is follow the coast for around 2 miles until you reach the wooden ramp marked on the map. This will take you into Thorpeness.

Make your way around the Meare boating lake, head down Lakeside Avenue, turn right into The Uplands and then you’ll find a small path to take you to the impressive House in the Clouds (incorrectly located by Google) and original Thorpeness Mill.

With the Mill on your left, head down the path until you reach the golf club. On the right-hand side of the main building, you’ll see a public footpath sign. This is the start of the return journey through lovely countryside – initially running alongside the golf course and is parallel to the beach.

As with the coastal part, it’s a case of just following the small paths provided. Along the way it’s possible to see deer, rabbits, horses and a variety of birds. This is due to the tranquil nature reserves that are present either side.

Once you reach a holiday home park, keep following the public footpath signs and make your way to Victoria Road. This is the main road that leads back to Aldeburgh’s High Street. Located in Crabbe Street and backing on to the seafront is The Cross Keys Inn. They serve both food and drinks – a wine and ale costs about £7. They’re dog-friendly too so everyone can have a rest after a long stroll!

What you can do next:

1) Grab yourself some fresh fish ‘n’ chips – they are delicious on the coast!

2) Treat yourself to a mini break – we hired a fantastic dog-friendly cottage

3) Time a visit to co-inside with the many festivals (www.aldeburgh.co.uk)

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