There are a number of golf courses and driving ranges around us
Stonham Barns Golf Centre is the one just 5 minutes round the corner from Woodfarm Barns. Here’s their full info as well as some info on two others in Mid-Suffolk
PGA professional golf tuition
9 Hole Golf Course (Suitable for Beginners)
28 Bay Covered Driving Range
Putting Green – Practice Bunker
Mini Putt Course
Mid Suffolk Golf Academy
Stonham Junior Golf Academy
Golf Direct Golf Store
Restaurant & Shops
Southwold is arguably the jewel in the crown of Suffolk’s heritage coast as far as visitors to our great county are concerned
Home of the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts. Splendid art galleries, fine shops and pubs and the Blackshore harbourside for extremely fresh fish and the ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick (see our separate post on Walberswick)
Jam packed with great pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and a fabulous beach and pier, with some quirky old things to see and do!
Walberswick lies on the south bank of the River Blyth, a short ferry ride across from Southwold
It is tucked away amidst a thousand acres of coast, heath and marshland listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The ferry, which transports people across the Blyth in the summer months, is rowed by the fifth generation of the same family. There is also a foot and cycle path where the old railway ran across the Bailey bridge – but the only way by car to Southwold is back up to the A12 and through Blythburgh, making a trip of some seven miles
You’ll find some great pubs around here. See our separate posts on The Anchor and The Bell. There are great little coffee and gift shops too, and rolling sand dunes for a good walk, with or without dogs
Aldeburgh is a beautiful seaside town on Suffolk’s heritage coast, located right by a shingle beach, dotted with colourful boats and the iconic Scallop sculpture. There really is something for everyone, with an eclectic mix of family fun, music and drama, art galleries, fine dining and drinking, sailing, and shopping.
With its source in Laxfield (Great Pub there – The Low House, see our post under Eat & Drink), Initially a stream, it becomes tidal and widens considerably when it reaches Snape. It meanders East past Aldeburgh (You must go there!) after which this part of the river was named. The river then becomes known as the River Ore as it approaches Orford where it once entered the sea; however the mouth of the river has now been pushed some five miles further south as shingle has accumulated over hundreds of years after which it splits to form Havergate Island and is joined by its tributary, the Butley River, before reaching the sea at Shingle Street
The lower reaches of the river passes through marshland and shingle or sand beaches. The shingle spit that blocks the river, Orford Ness is now some 10 miles in length and is owned by the National Trust. The main area through which the River Alde flows is open countryside in private ownership, much of it arable farmland
The Jolly Sailor is a centuries old pub near the quay in picturesque Orford
It was built sometime between the late 16th and middle of the 17th century allegedly from wrecked ship’s timbers. The pub once had a reputation as a smuggler’s haunt and is now brimming with nautical memorabilia. They have fantastic log burning fires for those cold winter days and in the summer an extensive patio and garden area. They are both child and dog friendly. Ask the barman for a dog biscuit!
The current owners took over the Jolly Sailor in September 2013 having had many years experience between them
They have put in place an exciting new menu using as many fresh and local ingredients as possible. The menu changes daily, however firm favourites like the fresh beer battered line caught fish and chips and juicy rib-eye steaks are always available as are home-made soups and vegetarian options
Sutton Hoo is a group of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds overlooking the River Deben
The visitor centre is operated by the National Trust but it’s ‘home’ to a very eager bunch of enthusiasts, whose website is the one we have given you on here for interest and lots of info on what they get up to
The Sutton Hoo society was founded in 1984 to provide practical support to the Sutton Hoo Research Project, directed by Professor Martin Carver. Following the completion of the excavations in 1991, the society acted as guardians of the site and continued to give guided tours and funded ongoing research
The 14 acre Abbey Gardens are situated on the site of the former Benedicte Abbey; once one of the wealthiest and most powerful monasteries in England. The abbey was home to the shrine of St Edmund which became a place of pilgrimage, visited by people from all over England, including royalty!
The Hoppit Woodland & Lake community project was acquired in 2004 using grant funding, and it has been planted and managed by the community, parish councillors, and the Greenlight Trust. They began with just a stubble field, and have undergone many hours of work to create a lake, and start planting up the land in phases.
This is a real hidden gem that I happened to spot when leaving The Angel in the high street, Debenham. Heading North out of the village there is parking sign directing you to the right, and the wood is just a short walk beyond the crematorium.
The project is aimed at providing more habitat, an educational resource, angling facilities, and to provide woodland products from coppicing and other activities. They have planted a wildflower meadow, orchard, and a beautiful woodland that includes Field Maple, Oak, Hornbeam, and Ash.
Hoppit Woodland & Lake provides a lovely walk that is totally unspoilt, with fantastic views of Debenham, it is a superb example of what a community can achieve.