Suffolk Coast Greeter Deborah Wargate explains why she loves The Suffolk Coast in the Autumn and introduces us to a few of her favourite activities.
I adore the way autumn cascades colours onto paths and grass. Leaf litter delights my eye with its reds, yellows, umbers, ochres which contrast with the returned green of grass and the lichen softened, harsh greys of our war reminders. Mushrooms peep through undergrowth and nature scurries in a busy preparation for winter. On the allotments, squashes ripen and are turned to pies and soups.
My walks, runs and cycles at this time of year focus around woodlands, interesting shorelines, nature reserves and allotments. Outdoor swimming is still feasible – July to October are the warmest sea swim months and at this time of year the waves are at their best for messing around in.
When I have time I love to join Suffolk Wildlife Trust groups and RSPB groups to watch bird ringing and join in fungi forays and wildlife watching walks. Joining in with countryside conservation tasks is another pleasure in the Autumn – there is little as satisfying as clearing a beach of litter or coppicing (when that is the traditional management technique for the wood in question).
All of these activities are great and The Suffolk Coast is teeming with opportunities to enjoy them so it is hard to pick a favourite. However – for personal reasons I love the Newbourne Springs walks with its ancient trees, and I think visitors and people new to the area will too. A booted and prepared for all weathers circular walk followed by a meal at The Fox Inn is a recipe for a perfect Autumn morning.