A walk down the Blyth Estuary
The Blyth River separates the twin towns of Walberswick and Southwold; it is beautiful, meandering and full of bird and animal life – watch out for little egrets and, if you are lucky, otters.
You can walk anything from half a mile to 8 miles all across footpaths and open access land, easily occupying a full morning, afternoon or evening with a meal or drink at the White Hart pub and a lovely lazy (or not) walk.
Park at The White Hart car park if you are stopping for a drink or a meal, otherwise try the car park by Blythburgh Church.
Blythburgh’s White Hart has become one of our favourite places to eat; slap bang on the A12 you might risk passing this amazing place without giving it a second glance. But turn in to the car park and spread out before you is the winding estuary of the Blyth as it heads towards the sea – one of the best views you will get of this understated river. Enjoy an excellent pub lunch (the garden is great for eating in and there’s a lovely atmosphere if you can get a table in the main pub, otherwise try the spacious dining room), or an early evening drink followed by a stroll down the estuary – it’s lovely at any time of the day and at the right time of the year is a great spot to hear nightingales (late April through to early June) and listen to the eerie call of the curlews.
To walk, cross the beer garden towards the table raised on decking and out through a wooden gate and then turn right on to the raised footpath. Follow this as long or as short as you like – if you are feeling adventurous, walk from here to the quayside at Southwold, following beautiful footpaths and open access routes all the way. If you managed to resist eating at The White Hart, you can always pick up some fresh or smoked fish from any of the shacks at the quay, or queue for the ever-popular fish and chips. Re-trace your footsteps to get back to where you started.
What else: you can check out The Cathedral of the Marshes, Holy Trinity Church at Blythburgh, famous for its carved Angels (you’ll see references to this in the village sign and dotted around Blythburgh) as well as the mysterious Black Shuck. There’s great stories about the church, which is well worth a visit (and definitely head up the stone spiral staircase just to the left of the main door as you enter)