More cake – Suffolk and Norfolk

A year ago we took ownership of a slightly dented, but otherwise sound, 20 year old campervan which has come to be known as Betty Bus.  Since then we’ve had a lot of fun, seen a lot of places and had a few problems (brake failure being the most scary).  But overall it’s been a positive experience and while Betty Bus was originally bought to see if we got on with campervan living before buying a newer van, we now have no desire to replace her.

So to celebrate a year of campervan living we bought her a cake and did the usual thing of going where the weather forecast looked best.  This time, it was East Anglia.

We first headed for Aldeburgh, a town that hates campervans.  There are many ‘No Campervan or Motorhome’ signs.  For a town that looks to be pretty reliant on tourism, this seems to be a backward thing to do.  Anyway, it’s a quaint little place to spend a couple of hours, even if you do feel unwanted.  There’s artwork on the beach,

fishing boats and many sheds selling fresh fish,

a proper old fashioned boating pond

and some old buildings.

From there, we continued on with our journey to the home of Adnams brewery, Southwold.  Here the signs just say “No Camping, No Cooking”.  So we made some sandwiches just for the hell of it.  There’s a pier, which is nice enough and has an interesting clock and bizare telescope.  It’s wrong though, there are always interesting things out at sea.

The lighthouse is positioned slightly inshore, so some of the town has been built up around it, which is a bit unusual.

We visited a very nice cheese shop (it wouldn’t be a trip without some cheese) and the enormous Adnams shop, passing the brewery on the way back to the van.

Overall, Southwold’s a nice place to spend an afternoon.

We stayed at the Kessington C&CC campsite.  Unfortunately they didn’t have hard standing, only grass pitches.  The ground was very wet and we did make a mess of the grass trying to get out, resulting in needing to be towed off the grass (we weren’t the only ones).  The warden let up park on the roadway after that.

The weather was a bit grim on Sunday, took a while to decide to get out of bed…

But it improved for Monday, was really very sunny.

So with a rainy Sunday, we decided to find the Easterly point on mainland UK – Ness Point in Lowestoft. It’s actually quite tricky to find.  The satnav didn’t know where it was, or how to find the road (Gas Works Road).  Our map wasn’t much help either.  Eventually we found it and it’s nice in some ways that it hasn’t had the tourist treatment of some other end pieces of land…

The most Easterly Westy

Yes, we got pretty wet getting these pictures!

We headed for Dunwich next, a village that disappeared into the sea.  There’s a museum there, which closes at the end of October, so we had a cup of tea and a walk along the beach.

Monday was much nicer and we went for a walk around Oulton Broad before getting attacked by a squirrel and then onto the RSPB’s reserve and Minsmere, where we failed to find any Otters.

Then the sun went down and it started to get cold,

so it was time to head home, via the fish and chip shop, of course.