Welcome to Dunwich Heath

Tales from the Countryside

I grew up reading Enid Blyton‘s series of books especially Famous Five and Secret Seven. And, one thing that is common to them all was the country side.

During my trip to Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye, I got a taste of the Scottish countryside and it was befitting that we visited the English countryside as well. A few of my regular readers might recall that I married Ashwina last February and to celebrate our anniversary, I took the week off from work.

Ashwina came up with the brilliant suggestion of taking a trip to Dunwich Heath which is located in Saxmundham which lies on the east coast of England. So, we made our way on Monday of this week via train from London to Darsham via Ipswich.

Darsham was the closest train station to Dunwich and when we reached there we were a bit surprised to see a very deserted station. The big taxi signs painted on the cafe in front of us were hard to resist and we ended up booking a taxi to take us to the Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath.

We were at the cottages in around 15 minutes and the drive there was a teaser for the splendid view that was to come as we reached.

Welcome to Dunwich Heath The Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath

It was already starting to get dark and by the time we actually went down the sun had set. So we carefully made our way down to get a preliminary view of the cliff and the beach, whetting our appetite for the next day!

The cottage is a single room, self service but was well stocked with modern amenities.The only thing I missed there was the WiFi connection. But, then again, this was the purpose of the holiday.

We decided to take a walk down to the beach. When you think about beach you think of sun and sand, however Minsmere beach is a shale beach and though there was beautiful sunshine the temperature was below 10C. However, that didn’t stop us from putting down a mat and sitting by the beach watching the waves, the wind and a few birds.

Minsmere Beach Minsmere Beach covered in mist

It was a good thing we did it then, because a mist had set in after lunch time and the temperatures dropped still further forcing us to retire to the warmth of our little cottage room.

The next morning we decided to do one of the walking trails and initially set out for the shortest of the trails (I am not much of a walking guy). However, half way through we realised we were actually on the longest trail and decided to just finish it! I must admit that it was indeed a beautiful 3.8km to walk and the end of it I surprisingly had enough energy for more!

Map of the walking trail Ashwina is all excited as we set off on the walk
We saw a few deer as we walked Pointing to something random for the sake of a photo

The last day of our visit involved still more walking. This time we decided to walk towards the Sizewell nuclear power stations. The walk took us along the RSPB Minsmere reserve which is beautiful place to visit if you are a bird watcher.

Minsmere nature reserve Sizewell nuclear power stations in the distance
Minsmere nature reserve One entrance of Minsmere nature reserve

Overall this was a great holiday. I had mixed feelings returning to London on Friday morning. Sad to leave this place behind and glad to get back to life I am used to.

As I close this post, there is just one point that we came across a little known fact about Dunwich. The old town of Dunwich is now completely under water. And, as coastal erosion takes place, the coastguard cottages will be under water by 2070. And, there isn’t much we can do about it.

The coastguard cottages will be under water by 2070 Historic Dunwich

3 Comments

  1. nice narrative….makes one want to relive your experience!

  2. Dunwich heath is beautiful. I enjoyed the read, thanks for sharing.

  3. Good travel guide, thank you! :)

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