So Natural - Walberswick
The River Blyth creates a natural boundary between Southwold and its southern sister Walberswick, a prosperous port trading in fish, cheese, corn, bacon and timber from the 13th century right up to the First World War.
Romantic ruins, a pretty village green, the river, beach and surrounding marshes have attracted many artists to Walberswick, including leading Impressionist Philip Wilson Steer. Charles Rennie Mackintosh worked on his distinctive floral watercolours whilst here in 1914 – Mr Mac and Me by villager and novelist Esther Freud tells his story beautifully!
Surrounded by over a thousand acres of heath and marshland protected as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB), the beach here is backed by sandy dunes and the sea is nice and shallow, so it’s perfect for safe bathing and sandcastle building.
Walberswick offers sanctuary to a significant number of luminaries from the media, film and fashion worlds. It’s also home to independent shops and galleries, tearooms and two pubs, and the unofficial HQ of that most-popular of holiday pastimes, crabbing.
Make the trip here by road, take the footpath across the Bailey Bridge or sit back and enjoy a row-boat ride on the foot ferry across the River Blyth from Southwold.