Why not celebrate the end of the summer by donning some sturdy shoes and exploring the Suffolk Coast in the best possible way – by foot!
Late summer is a perfect time for taking to the many established footpaths or creating your own walking routes. The weather is still comfortably warm and it’s fabulous to watch out for the signs of the new season making its entrance!
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) so take your time to appreciate it in all its glory. There are routes suitable for all levels of interest and ability, so whether you're a serious long distance walker or just fancy a short stroll in some beautiful countryside, there's bound to be something suitable. There are even some routes which are suitable for baby buggyies and wheelchairs too so that everyone can be included – not forgetting the family dog of course!
Heathland and countryside rambles are perfect for gathering berries which are ripe for the picking in September. Blackberries are a favourite, delicious in a blackberry and apple crumble and look out for sloe berries as well…
Sloes are part of the same family as plums, cherries and peaches. Foragers create sloe gin by storing the sloes in a jar with white sugar and gin. The jar is stored in a cool dark place for a few months, shaken every few days. By Christmas the sloe gin is a dark liqueur which can be had neat or with tonic!
Countryside walks can also be made into fun activities for young families – give the children a check list of items to collect – acorns, conkers and types of leaves as well as getting them to spot wild animals and insects.
Take in the refreshing sea air by opting for a stroll on one of the Suffolk Coast’s wonderful beaches or coastal trails – enjoy the solitude of peaceful far reaching sands which only a few weeks ago were heaving with summer visitors. There are so many to choose from and all quite different too so you can plan to explore them all. And, if the sea breeze is a little chilly, stop of at a cosy beach cafe for a warming hot chocolate to help you on your way.
Suffolk’s quaint little market towns are also great for ambling around, whether it’s exploring some of the quirky shops, finding bargains at an antiques fair or stocking up of locally grown fruit and veg at a Farmer’s Market. Check out historical buildings and museums too which tale the tales of years gone by.
The banks of Suffolk’s meandering inland waterways, rivers and the broads are perfect pathways for walkers who are keen to spot wildlife.
The River Alde at Snape Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary. Being tidal, it’s a place of glistening mud and shallow open water filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months.