Exploring the east coast of England has now been made even easier, with the launch of The Coastal Pass. The interactive booking tool allows visitors to design their own itineraries, explore and book their holidays to the east coast of England at the click of a button.
Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have created this fabulous itinterary, encapsulating the coast and countryside from Lowestoft to Harwich.
9am - After a stay at Ivy House Hotel in Oulton Broad, leave Lowestoft and drive to Southwold via the A12/B1127. The 10 mile trip should take you approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival, visit Southwold Pier and Harbour, treating yourself to an ice cream or a bottle of Adnams Ghost Ship from the Adnams Store, to enjoy later that evening.
10.15am - Leave Southwold and drive to Blythburgh via the A1095, stopping for a stroll through the Hen Reed Beds Wildlife Reserve. A walk to the hide, takes approximately 20 minutes; spotting the wading birds and enjoying views across Blyth estuary (http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/hen-reedbed).
Before leaving Blythburgh, visit the church to photograph the wooden angles in the roof.
11.15am - Leave Blythburgh and drive along the B1125 to Dunwich. Visit the Lost City, once the busiest port on the east coast, where now only a few houses remain and stop at the beach café, the excellent museum and the abbey ruins. (http://www.dunwichmuseum.org.uk/).
12.30pm - Leave Dunwich and drive to Aldeburgh along the B1122 (signposted to Leiston, traveling via the coast road at Thorpeness).
Pay a visit to Thorpeness, enjoying a boat trip on the Mere, or a nose around the Emporium, before travelling on to Aldeburgh for a stroll along the Prom and to dip your toes in the sea.
Lunch can be enjoyed at The Brudenell Seafood & Grill, The White Lion's Brasserie Bleue or on the beach, with steaming hot fish & chips courtesy of Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop.
2.30pm - Leave Aldeburgh and drive to Sutton Hoo, to Melton (via Snape) along the A1094 and B1069. Visit National Trust Sutton Hoo where the King of the Anglo-Saxons Raedwald ruled, overlooking the River Deben (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo).
4.30pm - Leave Sutton Hoo and drive to Pin Mill, on the Shotley peninsula. Stock up on Suffolk's finest produce at Suffolk Food Hall and take in the views across the Orwell estuary (George Orwell took his name from here, and Arthur Ransome wrote some of his children’s books about this area) (http://www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/)
Enjoy an early supper at The Butt and Oyster, soaking up the fantastic views of the old fashioned harbour.
6pm - Leave Pin Mill and the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and drive into Dedham Vale AONB, Constable Country. The drive to Flatford takes approximately 20 minutes, once there, take a stroll through (John) Constable County, and visit the spot where the Hay Wain was painted.
If you are ahead of time, hop on the last boat trip of the day at 4.15pm for a sail along the River Stour.
7pm - Leave Flatford and drive to Harwich International Port (we recommend the rural route via Mistley and Wrabness on the B1352). The journey takes 30 minutes, where upon arrival, you can enjoy a nightcap or stay in Harwich town at The Pier Hotel.
For more information on The Coastal Pass and to build your itinerary, visit http://www.coastalpass.com/