Here it is, post 2/3 of my Visiting… series from this weekend. After posting about Anglesey Abbey yesterday, it is time to get onto the main event, which is, of course, Suffolk. After leaving Anglesey Abbey, we drove to the coast on the tourist route, which takes you through all the pretty villages and countryside that Suffolk has to offer. There were so many gorgeous chocolate box cottages to even count!
We arrived at Southwold in time for a late lunch. As the weather was really warm and it was a Sunday, the seafront was crowded, which was a shame because it would have been lovely to take some photos if there was no one there. Nevertheless, Southwold is a lovely little town, that boasts its own Jack Wills and Joules, amongst an array of independent shops.
The next pit stop on Sunday was Dunwich Heath and Beach, another place owned by the National Trust. The stunning, tranquil landscape is a mixture of grassland, heather, cliffs and beach, with various footpaths to choose from, making it the ideal walking destination. There is also a tearoom and small shop for when you are need of a break. It was beautiful in the sunshine, but sadly very windy and my hair was not in a good state when we left!
It was then time to head over to Framlingham to where our self-catered apartment was. We stayed in Upstairs@TheLemonTree, a beautiful flat above a bistro in the centre of Framlingham. You can see photos of the property here.
On Monday, it was time for Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and Orford. I last visited Aldeburgh was when I was four and my brother was six. We have a picture of the two of us sat side by side on the beach in front of the colourful houses. Sadly, without my brother with us, no such photo could be recreated fourteen years on.
Like Southwold, Aldeburgh is gorgeous place, with Jack Wills and Joules a running theme. As it was a Monday and we went early, Aldeburgh was much more photogenic though. I got the opportunity to play around with camera a bit and discover the colour accent settings.
We then moved onto Snape Maltings for a spot of lunch and some shopping. It is home to a music concert hall, several independent boutique shops, places to eat and stay, as well as the River Alde and marshland, for those wishing to enjoy a boat trip or ramble in nature.
Further down the Suffolk Coast is Orford, another picturesque village and place to walk whilst overlooking the sea. You can also take a boat trip out to Orford Ness, a NT nature reserve steeped in history from the Cold War.
We did a small circuit around the edge of the water and up back into Orford, where I had a peek into the Orford Castle shop, which is English Heritage and…found a Dave Thompson postcard! This made me really excited, so much so that when we got back to Framlingham, I went into the castle shop there and found another Dave Thompson postcard!
There we have it. A short account of my time in Suffolk. Make sure to keep an eye on the blog tomorrow for the last in my Visiting… Suffolk related series. Start guessing what NT place we might have stopped at on the way home!