What's so special about Norfolk and Suffolk?
Walk inland or along the coast, Suffolk and Norfolk simply have a way of speaking to the soul. ..
Paths which lead to new gentle adventures. The endless stretch of Cley salt marshes. Sea-breezes and a sense of space. The winding creeks of Nelson’s childhood sailing grounds. The meanders of the Stour and slopes of Dedham Vale on young Constable’s school run. Huge flint churches with the finest-ever flushwork. Pastel-washed cottages and beam upon beam of Lavenham’s medieval magic . Stiles and kissing gates.The greenest fields dotted with poppy-reds, the biggest, bluest skies speckled with flocking birds. A house in the clouds on the Thorpeness horizon. A huge scallop on Aldeburgh beach. A half-pint of Orford smoked prawns. Maltings and mills. Market towns and memories. So many reasons to walk this way again.
Further food for thought…
Cromer crabs. Suffolk ham. Refreshing ciders. Fine asparagus tips. Newmarket sausages. Colman’s mustard. Suffolk honey. Fresh farm eggs. Norfolk turkey. Salty samphire. Adnams ale. Smoked oysters by the dozen. Crisp white wines. Creamy cheeses.
And one final, but very down to earth thought to leave you with…
When you’re walking past the Norfolk reed-beds at Cley at the end of the day… Look up to see the redbrick windmill basking in the warm glow of the evening sun. When you’re down in the water meadows of the Dedham Vale… Look up and catch the exact glimpse of the landscape that captured Constable’s imagination all those years ago. When you’re peering through the window of some half-timbered antique shop in the Wool Towns… Look up and be wowed by the craftsmanship lavished on the construction of the medieval building itself. When you’re standing by the meandering creeks of Burham Overy Staithe, thinking of the boy Nelson learning to ‘go about’... Look up and share his enormous horizons.When you’re dwarfed by that giant of a church in Lavenham… Look up and drink in the sheer opulence of so many medieval glass windows.
Wherever you look up around here, the vast panorama of East Anglian sky will wrap itself gently around you and lend a different perspective.
Click on the map to find out more about the otwns and villages of interest on our walking tours.