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Colchester-Rowhedge

13 Feb

This is a regular walk for us! It’s worth the effort to get there…you’ll enjoy peace and quiet and be surrounded by nature – all to yourself!

Take bus 61 from Colchester bus station until you reach Whitehall Road (around 15 minutes).

With the bus on your right, walk down Whitehall Road until you see a sign for King Edward Quay.

Turn right and head down Haven Road where you will come across some derelict garages/lock-ups. Go between or around them (think there is a pedestrian diversion at the moment) and carry on down the narrow path. This part of the journey is not very pretty – but it’s worth it in the end!

Then you’ll come to the start of the main part of the walk – indicated by the Hythe Lagoons sign. (more…)

Dedham Walk

13 Feb

This circular walk is another regular favourite – perfect for both summer-time picnics and fresh winter strolls.

You can either take either the 87 or 247 bus from Colchester Bus Station or utilise one of two free parking areas if you’d rather drive (5 minutes off A12).

Once you’ve arrived in Dedham, head to the start of walk, located over the bridge on Dedham Road (at the end of Mill Lane) – indicated by the ‘public footpath to E. Bergholt & Flatford sign’. This is slap-bang on the Essex/Suffolk border! (more…)

Aldeburgh-Thorpeness Circular Walk

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. (more…)

Old Felixstowe – Bawdsey

13 Feb

Especially enjoyable on a warm summer’s day, this fantastic Suffolk coastal route makes for a great day out – including 2 places plus a ferry ride to experience.

Get off the number 173 bus or park at the Pay & Display car park on Cliff Road.

With car park on your right-hand side, continue towards the beach and follow for around 1.5 miles. Along the way you’ll pass the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club and 2 Martello towers, plus you’ll also already be able to catch a glimpse of beautiful Bawdsey Manor in the distance. You’ll then arrive at the Ferry Boat Inn, where you can choose from a menu of delicious food (including locally caught, fresh fish) and have a well-deserved drink. A wine and ale costs around £7. We sat in the garden, that provides shelter from the cool sea breeze, and had the pleasure of a small bird frequently come to see us – think he was after some lunch too! (more…)