We started off by skirting the ruins of Greyfriars Friary, which is currently having some restoration work carried out
We then entered a small forest, which was full of interesting-looking log piles (& very Blair Witch)
Once again, the forest held some beautiful properties amongst and around it; these gates are fantastic, I love that they echo the Friary with the Friars themselves incorporated into the gates
Once out of the forest we had a walk down the Minsmere Road which takes you to Dunwich Heath, National Trust land, and truly a beautiful sight, this is what met us...
The heath is made up of beautiful purple heather, with yellow gorse interspersed
Dunwich itself has been slowly disappearing into the sea for years, receeding on average a metre a year! As such, you can't go anywhere near to the edge (not that you'd want to!)
At the top of the heath we reached the Tea Rooms, what a welcome sight they were! We stopped for a rest and refreshments...
Chocolate cake (soooo good) and apple juice for me, and a cream tea for Hubby
Isn't the illustration on the cream pot gorgeous! I had to take a photo :)
Refreshed somewhat we continued onwards this time crossing the heath
the path we needed to take hadn't been pruned in some time, and in some places it was hard going, the gorse and briars being naturally very sharp, but I never knew how scratchy heather could be!
|trying not to get ripped to shreds, ha ha|
Our footpath took us alongside fields of golden corn ready for harvesting
And finally back into Dunwich village, past more beautiful houses
and to the pub, The Ship Inn, for a refreshing drink!
I think that, overall, this walk was my favourite, it being the right length and full of varied landscapes to keep our interest. One more to come x