The Surroundings of
Set in beautiful undulating Suffolk countryside, the Barn is ideally located to explore both the Suffolk Heritage Coast with its popular seaside town of Southwold and the quieter villages of Walberswick and Dunwich, the Norfolk Broads and the variety of historical towns of villages such as Framlingham, Norwich, Bungay, and Beccles to name but a few.
Southwold is a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Almost an island, being bounded by the North Sea to the East, by the River Blyth and Southwold harbour to the South-West and by Buss Creek to the North, there is just the one road in to and out of Southwold, approached through neighbouring Reydon.
The town offers much of interest, but it is the sea and Southwold’s links with it that make this a wonderful destination at any time of the year. With its working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and of course the beach, Southwold is a quintessentially English resort town. for more information on Southwold please click here.
The name Walberswick is believed to derive from the Saxon Waldbert or Walhbert – probably a landowner – and “wyc”, meaning shelter or harbour. Once a thriving port trading in cheese, bacon, corn, timber and fish from the 13th Century right up to World War 1, the village is now a bustling tourist attraction in the summer months and almost half the properties are holiday homes. Click here for some at-a-glance useful information.
Over a thousand acres of heath and marshland around Walberswick are protected as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB). The seaside town of Southwold is within strolling distance along one of the many beautiful walks in and around Walberswick. for more information on Walberswick please click here.
It’s hard to believe that the sleepy village of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast was once a bustling city with a population of 4,000. However, at one time it was the unofficial capital of East Anglia, and a bustling seaport with eight churches, five houses of religious order, and major trading including the export of wool and grain, and the import of fish, fir and timber. Today Dunwich is a small village with a large shingle beach, a Heath & Forest stretching to Westleton in one direction and Walbersick in the other, with RSPB Minsmere alongside. So there’s still plenty to see and do! for more information on Walberswick please click here.
The Norfolk Broads are a series of rivers and broads (lakes), most of which are navigable. The square area of the Norfolk Broads totals 303 kilometres, most of this is in the County of Norfolk, and just over 200 square kilometres of these waterways are navigable, covering seven rivers and 63 Broads. The depth of these waterways is usually less than 4 metres deep. Thirteen of the broads are completely navigable whilst three others have channels open to navigation running through them. for more information on Walberswick please click here.