Set on the unspoilt Suffolk coast, the Georgian village of Walberswick is a nostalgic English seaside dream.
Quieter than the neighbouring town of Southwold, this pretty seaside village is the perfect place for a bucket and spade holiday, followed by a hearty pub lunch or cream tea or a quiet, romantic break during the winter months.
The village also has a long sand and shingle beach backed by grassy dunes and surrounded by marsh and heathland. The nature reserve, which follows the River Blyth estuary, covers over 1,000 acres, combining mudflats, meadows and marsh. It is home to otters, deer and a wide range of bird species. Considering its size, the village has long attracted celebrities. Philip Wilson Steer and his circle of English Impressionists fell in love with the landscape, as did Charles Rennie Mackintosh and many resident artists today.
Things to Do in Walberswick1. Crabbing
Walberswick is the self-appointed capital of crabbing: the World Open Championships are held here every August, when the village is packed full of hopefuls bearing crab lines dangling bacon. Alternatively, you can just take along a bucket and a net for fun and spend a lazy day waiting for a bite (or in this case a nip!)
2. Wild beaches The village of Walberswick has a long sand and shingle beach backed back grassy dunes and surrounded by marsh and heathland.
3. Explore the River Blyth Estuary The Nature Reserve, which follows the River Blyth estuary, covers over 1,000 acres, combining mudflats, meadows and marsh. It is home to otters, deer and a wide range of bird species.
4. Take the ferry You can see neighbouring Southwold over the river, and reach it by walking along the riverbank and across the Bailey Bridge. Alternatively, hop aboard the charming foot ferry that operates during the summer months.
Dani Church rows across the River Blyth up to 100 times a day between April and October, making it easy to visit both Southwold and Walberswick. She is the fifth generation of her family to run their 125 year old business! You can find out more about Dani and the ferry here!
Useful InformationPublic Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities
Public conveniences with disabled toilet and baby changing facilities are located at Ferry Road, IP18 6TZ
How to Get to Walberswick - Public TransportBy Bus:
Suffolk Links Blyth operates from 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday (except Public Holidays). The bus will take you to Saxmundham, Leiston or the railway station at Darsham or any of the villages within the Blyth service area and on-going connections to Halesworth, Lowestoft, Woodbridge or Ipswich.
Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com
By Train: The nearest rail stations are Darsham and Saxmundham with services to Ipswich and on-going connections to Lowestoft, Norwich, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street.
All train tickets can be purchased via the Abellio Greater Anglia Website or the app.
How to Get to Walberswick - By Car
From Lowestoft, take the A12 (north) then the B1387 From Norwich, take the A146, A145 then B1387 From Cambridge, follow the A14 onto the A140 and onto the A1120, A12 and take the B1387
From Ipswich, take the A12 (north) and onto the B1387 From London, follow the A12 (north) and onto the B1387
Car Parks in WalberswickThe Terrace, IP18 6TZ
WHERE TO STAY IN AND AROUND Walberswick
Things to do in Walberswick