Shingle Street Walk – Saturday 18th February

Contributed by Sarah Sheppard; thanks to Nazmin for the pics.

Twenty of us set out on this cloudy but dry Saturday for an 8-mile walk from Shingle Street on the Suffolk Coast, led by myself (see route plotted out on OS Maps above).  We headed north along the Suffolk Coast Path, seeing the wonders of the Suffolk Coast and across the water to Orford Ness. After a short stop at a World War II pillbox, which has recently been opened up for the public to take a look inside, we carried on up the coast path. Shortly before we headed inland, we came across an inquisitive flock of sheep blocking our way, although they cleared the path as we got nearer. I think they were more scared of us!

After heading inland we stopped at the Café ‘Coffee Republic’ at the Warren Hill Youth Custody Centre. Although it was odd to stop for lunch at a prison, it meant we could get into the warm for a bit and also use the facilities. Some of us ate our packed lunches on the benches outside while others had lunch in the café.

After lunch, we carried on walking towards Hollesley Bay Prison, where we spotted the first daffodils of the year in full bloom, a very pretty sight. We carried on past the prison and headed back towards Shingle Street. After crossing the bridge over the river, we followed the river path, a very tranquil spot, down towards the Martello Tower. We then came out onto the beach and walked past the back of coastguard cottages before getting back to our cars.

Thanks to everyone that came along and made it such an enjoyable day.