I’ve found myself describing this dreamy place as the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’. It really does have that ‘escape from it all’ ambience. Situated on the heritage coast line, Walberswick is a place of all things unspoilt and traditional. From the rugged san dunes, it’s beach and the charm of the handful of pretty gift shops, selling upmarket seaside trinkets.
As you drive in a plethora of rambler’s await you, venturing through the attractive flora and fauna and enjoying the vast rustic landscape. Down at the harbour the major draw is the crabbing, Walberswick being the unofficial home of this sea sport. To say this is a competitive past time is a little of an understatement. I have vivid memories of my husband accompanying my daughter on a Brownie crabbing trip to Walberswick, it turns out laying on the footbridge really does give you the very best perspective on the crabs, he literally was covered in muddy sand from head to toe, all in the name of holding the ‘super crabber title’. In the summer months the footbridges are crammed with plastic buckets and crabbing lines and little legs making the relentless trips backwards and forwards to ‘The Parish Lantern’ gift shop for more bait supplies.
Across the water you catch a glimpse of Southwold and can indeed make the foot ferry trip over the river Blyth to enjoy the sights. Or for those feeling a little more energetic, you can take the 45 minute walk through the village and across the Bailey Bridge onto Southwold Harbour.You must try the fish at the fresh fish hut harbour side.
Walberswick is everything you would want from a middle-class coastal village,and its small scale gives it that indulgent quaint village atmosphere. For eats the Anchor pub keeps things real AND local, only using produce from local allotments and village gardens or The Bell Inn, which is run by the Adnams brewery. A mobile fish and chip hut also makes its daily visits in the summer months, serving award wining fish and chips and of course the ice-cream van for a quintessentially British ’99. Today we took sandwiches, there’s nothing our children like more, when it’s chilly, are little labelled sandwiches in a lunch box and bundling into the back of the Landrover for snacks and hot tea.
The coastline is so accessible from Walberswick, from the highlights of Dunwich, to Mismere RSPB and Aldeburgh, so it’s a great place to stay if you’re thinking about hiring a holiday cottage. You might even be lucky enough to bump into a movie director or two, with the likes of Paul Greengrass and Richard Curtis all owning their little slice of gold.
So if you’re a person, like me, who likes a slow more authentic experience, untarnished by the commercialised hype of the modern world, Waberswick is definately for you and yours. I’ll happily take on anybody that doesn’t think it’s picture postcard perfect.
With hopes that you find your ‘pot of gold’.
Have a happy and adventurous weekend,