We left the bright lights of Southwold and headed across the Town Marshes towards the River Blyth. We caught the rowing boat ferry at a grand cost of £1 each. The guidebook had said 60p, but £1 was still a bargain.
I really like these small ferries – I’d come across a fair few with Jane on the South West Coastal Path. This one had been operated by the same family for five generations. Next stop was the shoreside edge of Walberswick and its marshes. This area was very quiet compared with Southwold, with a mixture of reed-beds and beach huts making up the view. We pressed on, walking inland now mostly on heathland paths. We passed the remains of Dunwich Friary and a few miles on we came to the National Trust Dunwich Heath Visitors Centre. We were impressed by the local photographer whose work was on display.
This was a coffee stop and suitably refreshed we headed out back along the beach with Sizewell B Nuclear Powerstation coming into view. This 3.5 mile stretch was very pleasant even with the power station. Another refreshment break was had at the well-named “Sizewell Tea” cafe and we were soon on our way again. Next stop was Thorpeness a village developed as a private holiday resport in early 20th century by Scottish Barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie. We didn’t spend too long exploring as we were quite wary from our walking and we pressed on along the beach to get to Aldeburgh.
We saw the sculpture paying homage to Aldeburgh’s most famous former resident Benjamin Britten. Our digs were just the other side of the Lifeboat Station. We stayed in the Ocean House B&B, which was well appointed but no breakfast was being provided as the owner was away. A couple of beers were had in the local pubs and Fish and Chips 2 was eaten on the sea front. We had walked 16.4 miles and had a long day ahead tomorrow to get all the way to Hollersley.