After a fantastic nights sleep I was up and ready to go at 7am. A quick trip along the river Alde estury via Black Heath Woods and I was in Aldeburgh (v.nice). I then managed to hop onto the beach and it was 'route one' for the next 6 miles, taking in Thorpeness (see pic of colourful houses) and Sizewell B neucler power station (see pic) as I aproached Dunwich after leaving the beach I noticed on the map a word I had not seen for many a mile (probably 300-400!) and that was "cliifs" I was very excited but alas what counts for a cliff in these parts would barely register as a pimple in D or C!! The remainder of the walk was through Dingle Marshes (yawn!) and then onto Southwold with its Lighthouse in the middle of town!!
A good nights sleep in the Garlston B&B and I was up and away by 9am, the day was cloudy and very autumnal. As I walked along the mile or so of promenade the annual art festival was in full swing, many artists were showing off there works in various guises and I hoped for there sake the weather would be kind to them today.
The route took me mostly along the coast for the first few miles, it was then onto the Felixstowe ferry and onwards to the Butley Ferry, in between I navigated my way past Shingle Street which is a group of cottages right on the sea front, I couldnt help wondering how long it will be before the tide swallows up those lovely houses. Just after the Butley ferry I made the decision to walk through Orford because I was told it was worth seeing, and I wasn't disapointed! The castle is fantastic so I stopped for lunch at the spot where I took the pic. The rest of the day was spent walking inland as you are still not allowed to walk all the way across the Orford Ness :( My final desination was Snape which is a very pretty village with 3 pubs!
After a 7hrs car journey to our friends in Brightwell the night before I was gasping for a good walk today....and I was'nt disapointed. The weather was fantastic for the first weekend in September, 26deg and sunny!!! I had a short train journey to Frinton and my start point, luckily the tide was out so I hopped onto the beach and walked to Walton on the Naze, I then had a day of mostly inland walking all the way around to Harwich. I managed to nip onto the ferry to Felixstowe where it just timed nicely with the departing "Jewel of the Seas" ocean liner (see pic) which I must say was a spectacular sight. I met up with my friends in Felixstowe for fish and chips a great end to today's walk. It was goodbye Essex and hello Suffolk!