Beach Life

Now we don’t pretend that the North Sea Coast owes much to the Mediterranean of Ibiza or the Greek Islands …. but that’s not to say that it isn’t a great place to hang out and with the Suffolk Coast’s Area of Outstanding Beauty as a backdrop – it can be staggeringly beautiful.  Here are some of our favourites:

  • Aldeburgh – a long expanse of shingle and take the obligatory photo by Maggi Hambling’s fabulous Scallop. No access for dogs in the summer months
  • Sizewell – yes it’s next to a nuclear power station but it’s beautiful and dog friendly all year round.  Here’s Bruce with Ruby and next door’s border terrier Seve (yes as in the golfer).

  • Shingle Street – remote like Dungeness but with huge pebble dunes. Beautiful and desolate!
  • Southwold – a gentile seaside town.  Apparently some of the candy coloured seaside beach huts can sell for up to £100k.  Crazy!
  • Walberswick – shallow and shandy and they like dogs!  You can also go crab fishing in the inland shallows – probably not enough for a sandwich these are just tiddlers after a piece of bacon.
  • Covehithe – a bit off the beaten track and no tourist facilities but the Times rated this amongst its top 30 secret beaches – a quiet, sandy beach running alongside a bird reserve.