I try to keep up with my distance walking and regularly go hiking along the Suffolk Coastal path. I had planned to arrive at the beach before sunrise and setup the cameras to get some time-lapse of the sunrise but there was too much cloud cover.
Hiking along the Suffolk Coastal Path.
I arrived at Walberswick just before dawn to a windy and cloudy beach with no chance of a good sunrise, so started walking South towards Dunwich.
I was following part of the Suffolk Coastal Path which starts at Lowestoft the most Easterly point of the British Isles and ends at the ferry port town of Felixstowe. So with Boots and Armaskin on my feet, day pack, water and Dog I headed along the shingle beach.
There was a strong westerly wind and luckily no rain, so I headed towards the marshes and reed beds south of Walberswick planning to cut west through the reedbeds towards the Sandlings Way and into Dunwich forest. We came across no one else hiking the suffolk coastal path the beach was empty.
My trusty sidekick and me walked the well made path through the reeds and passed an old wind pump. It is here that the path splits to follow west through the marshes and into Dunwich Forest or South along the Suffolk Coastal path.
Normally I would head West but today chose a different route after checking out my map on view ranger where I have marked areas of the forest I regularly use for meal stops. So after hiking along the Suffolk Coastal path further than normal I followed South a little more and cut through the trees I could get to my usual stop and miss out all of the muddy path leading through the reedbeds.
After following the path along a dirt road for a bit I headed through the trees and reached my meal stop.
Today I had brought my JetBoil with me to cook breakfast and brew a coffee. Breakfast consisted of square sausage, bacon, black pudding and mushrooms.
I have a pan adapter for the jetboil so I can take of the water pot and use any pan with it.
I don’t normally use gas for cooking a fresh meal on, I prefer to use a bush box or a wood gas stove but as I was packing light and also as I have a cafeteria plunger for the jetboil I could brew some fresh coffee and cook a fry up.
So once I had cleared up and packed away it looked like the weather was going to change so pulled out my rain jacket I did have my waterproof trousers in my bag but I had received a pair of Revolution RaceZip Up Pants and wanted to see how waterproof these where.
By the time we returned back the beach the rain was quite hard and these trousers held up really well ( I will review them soon).
If you fancy hiking along the Suffolk coastal path there is a book available
Suffolk’s untouched coastline Covehithe. Many of my pictures on Instagram are taken at this spot so I thought I’d introduce you to the area.
I spend a lot of time here, I was training for the Fjallraven Classic along this route from Kessingland to Dunwich.
The area is called Covehithe which is located between Kessingland and Southwold.
I have always had a fascination with this part of the Suffolk coastline it’s the ruggedness and wild wind swept cliffs that I find appealing. It’s also down to the fact that this area of the UK is so full of candy floss and static caravans that when you find an area that is completely wild it sticks out.
I spent a lot of my childhood exploring and fishing on this beach and can remember the road to the cliff being much longer. Coastal erosion is a massive issue here where up to 4.5m of cliff is lost to the sea every year.
So saying that since I’ve been visiting around 130 metres have gone into the sea.
In the Doomsday survey the hamlet was known as Nordhalla and was recorded with 13 settlers. It takes its modern name from the de Cove family who held land there during the Middle Ages and hithe from old English meaning quay for loading small vessels. Like it’s nearby neighbour Dunwich it had fallen to the wrath of the North Sea and started to be devoured by coastal erosion and the town declined.
The Church of St Andrew
The church of St Andrew fell into ruin and locals where using its walls as building materials.
Currently a small Church is within the Church ruins.
What I love about this coastline is it is always changing unveiling things hidden from time for a few years or for along time.
Regularly wrecks are uncovered for a while and then covered back up, foundations from houses appear out of the cliff then end up on the beach to be covered up later on. It’s a wild coastline we don’t have that much wild coast so this is a haven.
Speaking to someone from natural England earlier today as they where clearing trees on the headland the plan is to develop a path way from Benacre to extend the Suffolk coastal path to Southwold as at present it meanders around Covehithe to Southwold.