Southwold to Saxmundham

Avocet at Minsmere RSPB reserve
Avocet at Minsmere RSPB reserve

What a dreadful night, kids were making a racket until the early hours then some woman was having a row on her phone. Soon it was light and the kids started up again. We headed back along the river and crossed via the former Southwold Railway bridge and back along the opposite river bank to Walberswick. We rode along a track to the lost city of Dunwich, an important port reduced to a sleepy village by coastal erosion. Another track took us to the National Trust presence on Minsmere Cliff, where we sat out in the sunshine enjoying coffee and cake.

Close by is the RSPB Minsmere reserve, overlooked by the Sizewell B nuclear power station. We lunched in the café before visiting the vast reserve. We were there all afternoon but still had walked round only half of it, seeing avocets, little egrets and terns. Some very knowledgeable birdwatchers were scanning the sky with powerful binoculars.

We passed through sleepy Saxmundham, shopped at Somerfield and continued on to Lonely Farm campsite a couple of miles outside the town. This was the best value site of the holiday, only £3 each but with excellent facilities and close to artificial lakes, home to ducks and geese. The walk around them made a relaxing end to the day.

Saxmundham to Hadleigh