Summer Walks In Suffolk – Walberswick To Dunwich
This is a really easy walking route to follow although the wind, forestry and beach shingle requires some decent walking gear, windproof jacket, sturdy walking boots and maybe walking poles. The weather in April 2001 was fantastic albeit very windy so we donned our walking shorts strolled out at 10am from Walberswick Green, by the village sign.
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Walking out of Walberswick we head up passed The Anchor Pub up to the shop and just before the fork in the road. Turning left just after we headed towards the sea before turning right at the obvious junction. Here we find the blue and yellow Suffolk Coastal Walk signs which is what we then followed until we reached Dunwich. Along the way we past a couple of World War II Pillboxes through the Walberswick National Nature Reserve which is quite impressive with the wildlife available to see; Bitterns, Marsh Harriers, Rabbits, Adders, Sheep, Cows etc.
After meandering some lovely forestry and bright yellow gorse we headed towards the very clear sight of the disused Walberswick Windpump which then turns right back in to some pleasant forestry and on through Dingle Marshes which is a huge expanse of reeds. Passing through two stock gates we entered Dunwich Forest whereby we found a flint wall where some of the stones looked like eyes.
We then passed the Bridge Tearooms and then turned left on to the road to the church before turning left following the signs for the beach. There were many warning signs saying the route was closed but as we saw plenty of walkers we continued to follow the shingle beach back towards Walberswick.
Dunwich was once the largest medieval town in East Anglia before the aggressive seas eroded the coastline. This is evident along the shingle walk where the sea has entered the freshwater rivers and streams of the marshes. After a good 25 minutes of shingle we took the first exit of the beach back in to the marshes which offered a more stable walking surface. Here we then joined back up to the windpump and turned right to rejoin the Suffolk Coastal Path back to Walberswick.
The path zig zags passed a caravan park and ends up to almost where we started with the village green sign back in view. This was a great walk that we really enjoyed and took us just over 2 hours and a good 7 miles. We then walked around to the other side of the green to our right, where we enjoyed a few pints at the The Bell Inn, a 600 year old inn serving great ales!