Sunday, September 16, 2018

AN END OF SUMMER RETREAT: SUFFOLK, SEPTEMBER 2018

Heya everyone, 

Seeing as my last few posts have been very mental-health orientated, I thought I would upload a few travel posts over the next few weeks, just because I know some people really love reading travel blogs (myself included) and I want something on my blog for everyone!  

At the beginning of this month, myself, Peter and his family went to Dennington in Suffolk for a week. It was a gorgeous few days filled with seaside strolls and countryside walks. An unexpected upside to the trip was that the lovely cottage we were staying in was located in an area which had no signal and very poor WiFi, meaning I spent most of the week off my phone which was surprisingly very refreshing! Being away from London and in the country was such a relaxing end to the summer. It was also a fabulous way to celebrate getting my new job, to teach English in China next year, (which I coincidentally found out the day before we left to go to Suffolk).

Suffolk is a beautiful part of the country, with some interesting English heritage sites. Below I have listed some of the places we went to on our trip.


After arriving in Suffolk, we first visited Framlingham Castle, a Norman castle built in 1148. Guests to the site were allowed to walk along the top of the castle where the views outward to the surrounding countryside were stunning! 


Of course, an English holiday is not complete without a trip to the seaside, which is where we found ourselves on day two. Southwold beach is a very picturesque place to visit, with a plethora of beach huts and a pier to entertain visitors. We were very lucky to have warm and sunny weather to accompany our trip here. 


There are many National Trust sites in Suffolk, including Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial site. It was very interesting to learn some history on this trip and I found the guided tour fascinating. Our third day here was also filled with swimming in the pool at our cottage (which was far too cold!) We ended day three with a lovely Sunday lunch at the local pub.  


Day four started with an early morning swim, quickly followed by regrets! But the sunrise that morning was glorious! We spent our fourth day visiting Snape Maltings, and we made another trip to a beach, this time in Aldeburgh. 


By day five of our holiday, Peter and I decided we needed to do some retail therapy, so we visited the nearest town centre, Bury Saint Edmunds. While we were here, we visited St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, a very impressive structure with beautiful stained-glass windows and huge grounds.


Unfortunately, by day 6, the weather subsided, so we decided to visit a local bird sanctuary, with a display of British birds of prey. It gave everyone there the opportunity to see the birds very close up and gave me some great photos too. 

Our last day was just spent relaxing on the beach in Dunwich. We walked along the sea front which was very peaceful seeing as there wasn’t really anyone else there! A lovely and relaxing end to the week! 


All in all, I would highly recommend going to Suffolk! I had so much fun there and there is something for everyone. The trip was also a great end to undoubtedly one of the best summers of my life! I hope you all enjoyed this different style of post, and I will be uploading my next travel article next Sunday!

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