Difficult to know where to start and what NOT to include today as I have many teenage memories from being with a friend and his vast family in Aldeburgh, happy days.
My guide this morning showed me the scenic way out of Ipswich and I was quickly on country roads heading for Woodbridge and Melton. Amongst the golf courses were golf courses. Then I turned right to Orford.
I’d been to Orford a number of times but on a dinghy. I’d seen the castle from a distance. Ok it’s more a keep isn’t it. We’ve seen some proper castles haven’t we?
I hadn’t been to the bakery before. The bakery was… excellent.
The flapjack debate has ended but what about donut fillings?
For me custard every time. Thoughts? You lot are never shy to voice your opinion on such sweet matters. I’d love to hear
Golf courses turned bracken and pine filled parkland. The roads were light and it as nice to be going at a good pace. It’s nice and flat around here…
I arrived in Aldeburgh a beautiful seaside town. It was home to the composer Benjamin Britten and in 2003 artist Maggie Hambling paid tribute to with her Scallop sculpture.
Interestingly the scallop shell is the ancient symbol of pilgrimage. That’s sort of what I’m on.
The words pierced through the steel against the sky ‘I hear those voices that will not be drowned’ ring true for me in many ways
Aldeburgh has many many wonders to discover as does its sister, Thorpeness.
Thorpeness was a small fishing hamlet used more by smugglers than fishermen one hears but in 1900 a rich bloke called Ogilvie developed it into a ‘holiday village’ around the central country club and dug a shallow boating meare for messing about of boats.
The stone beach joining Thorpeness and Aldeburgh is pebble and littered with old fishing boats and little huts and smokeries selling the catch of the day… 35 miles done today and for you many things left to be explored when you visit Aldeburgh.
Great Yarmouth tomorrow and I’ll pass 2000 miles. Until then…
Over and Out