Friday, 14 May 1999


Southwold → Lowestoft

[Southwold from Minsmere Beach][Near Kessingland]

Distance: 10.8 miles
Ascent: unknown
Duration: unknown

North to the east
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The final part of the fifty mile Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path, this section is also the most glorious: an almost dead straight line from the laid-back tourism of Southwold to the more industrial Lowestoft.

The path follows mile upon mile of soft windswept sand, occasionally punctuated by trees evicted from their cliff-top perches now beached and bleached by the advancing tides.

Once or twice a Broad kisses the coast. At Benacre I met crab-fishers, but for the vast majority of the walk I was alone. This was by far the most beautiful of my Suffolk walks.

One note of caution: after struggling in my boots for a mile or so I kicked them off and bathed my feet in the cool sand. I spent pretty much the whole day bare-footed and although it was the most comfortable way to walk, the arches of my feet are making me regret it now. There's a price to pay for being too debonaire you know.

Posted by pab at 22:34