by alice | Jun 21, 2016 |

Jasper’s Jottings - Fun In The Sun At Bawdsey & Ramsholt

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On the fourth trip out of the Easter holidays, the sun was shining, birds were singing so there was no better place to go than Bawdsey Quay. A strip of idyllic, sandy beach was waiting for us as Jasper and I arrived early in the morning to brilliant blue skies and the slightly less brilliant blue of the River Deben.


There is an almost fairytale feel to the sight of the boats bobbing on the water at Bawdsey Quay, especially with the sunlight glittering on the swells. Bawdsey is probably most well known for it’s connection to the development of radar and Bawdsey Manor. Bawdsey is also  home to one of the few remaining Martello Towers - which you can stay in! There is also a foot ferry that walkers and cyclists can use to travel across the river to Felxistowe. For more information on the ferry see our article all about different foot ferries in the area.


There is a car park on the left hand side of the road just before you reach the Quay which is large enough for several cars to park. Once Jasper was free from the car, but not so free from his lead, we started towards the Quay. We had the beach pretty much to ourselves and Jasper loved getting his paws all sandy for the second day on the trot. We walked down past Bawdsey Quay Watersports Centre which offers sea and river sailing as well as powerboating, kayaking and more. This is a great Centre for family fun - although I don’t know how well Jasper would get on in a sailing boat.


The beach itself is fantastic - ideal for building sandcastles or sunning yourself. There is a grassy verge behind the beach which is ideal for picnicking as there’s less sand to contend with there. There is also another car park towards the end of the beach beside the ferry. Bawdsey is a great place for crabbing too, and fishing further up on the shingle beach.


Jasper and I walked up to the ferry and back again before continuing along to the great concrete cubes that line the beach. Jasper, in a spell of canine gymnastics, did a running leap to seat himself on top of a cube and we watched the world sail by. There were terns and gulls above us and over the fields behind us a kestrel hovered in search of a meal.


After sunning ourselves it was back to the car for a spur of the moment trip to Ramsholt. Tucked away in the countryside, we headed to Ramsholt Arms, a pub that sits on the shore of the River Deben. The road winds through fields, boarded on each side by hedgerows. Driving along I could see all sorts of birds dashing about and taking flight. It took just shy of fifteen minutes to drive from the Quay to the Ramsholt Arms. There is a large field for parking at the top of the hill and from there it is about a 200 yard walk to the pub.


You couldn’t ask for a better view. The river was tranquil and shimmering, with sailing boats faint but colourful in the distance. Unfortunately I hadn’t taken a purse with me - only Jasper, so I will have to make a return trip to sample the pub’s menu. We walked around the river and up through the woods to the car, then made a detour on the way home to Ramsholt church. Our arrival perplexed a pheasant who scuttled off into the hedge as Jasper emerged from the car. Ramsholt Church is one of only 38 round tower churches in Suffolk and dates back to the 12th century. The surrounding area is wonderful for walking and the church, sitting high on the hill, has an extraordinary view down over the river and land beyond.


Bring your dog on holiday to Suffolk! Stay near Bawdsey Quay at Wheat Barn, Bawdsey (sleeps 8) or Barn Owl, Oxley Dairy, Shingle Street (sleeps 6)


Click here to read Part Five


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