Bird watching, walking, cycling, sailing, shooting, eating and drinking, shopping– the list is endless, here are just a few suggestions.
This stretch of coastline has long been a magnet for birdwatchers with many rare birds either resident or passing through. No visit to this part of the world would be complete without visiting the RSPB’s flagship nature reserve at Minsmere. Here you can gaze out over marshes and reed beds watching Bitterns and March Harriers all day long. There are some wonderful walks here with great stop off points – The Eel’s Foot in Eastbridge being a particular favourite of ours!!
You can walk for miles here – heathland, marshes, reed bed, estuaries, and beaches – just take your pick. The coastal walk at Covehithe and Benacre is one of our favourites with great views and lots of interesting birds – the odd Hoopoe has been known to stop off here for a rest. Hen Reedbeds , just down the road from Wangford, is also a great place for birds, in less than an hour from the viewing platform I have seen Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Buzzard, Little Egret, Heron, Kingfisher and Bittern. Walk along the side of the reed bed and cross the road and you can walk along the top of the flood defences and gaze out over the River Blyth tidal flats looking at Curlew and many other wading birds, keep walking and you can drop in at The Harbour Inn for a great pint and lunch!
You can also cycle for miles here along quiet country lanes with wonderful views and lots of interesting places to stop off at. Whether its on or off road you are sure to find some great cycling opportunities – OS map 231 is a good place to start planning your route and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths website has some handy cycling guides.
The coastal town of Southwold with its beautiful beach, fantastic shops and restaurants and lovely buildings is a big visitor draw to the area. Everyone who visits Southwold will leave with a favourite thing to do or special memory – for me there is nothing like an early morning stroll along the beach followed by a hearty breakfast at the Crown, or perhaps a pint of Adnams at the Nelson or a walk through the town to the famous cannons. Visitors come back to Southwold year after year and it is easy to see why.
Eating and drinking are also popular pass times for us!!! We are fortunate to have some great pubs and restaurants close by – the list really is endless – if you do visit Wangford please drop in and see us and we will be more than happy to share our favourites with you!!!