Suffolk (Slow Travel)
Local, characterful guides to Britain's Special Placesby Laurence Mitchell
About this book
This new, expanded and thoroughly updated third edition of Suffolk (Slow Travel), part of Bradt’s award-winning series of Slow travel guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide to this gentle but beguiling county. Expert local author Laurence Mitchell helps visitors discover what makes Suffolk tick, combining personal insights, enjoyable anecdotes and up-to-date information on the best places to visit, stay and eat. Covering both popular sights and places beyond the usual tourist trail, he caters for walkers, cyclists, families, foodies, culture vultures and wildlife lovers alike.
Helped by its proximity to London and Cambridge, Suffolk is a popular holiday destination. Events such as the Latitude festival and the Aldeburgh Music Festival at Britten’s Snape Maltings keep the county’s profile buoyant. Despite being comparatively low-lying, Suffolk boasts varied landscapes, from undulating farmland and sandy heaths to extensive forests, important nature reserves (including Minsmere, for three years the base of BBC Springwatch) and soft, dreamy coastal landscapes comprising river estuaries, remote marshes, reed-beds, shingle beaches (notably Shingle Street, with its myth of World War II invasions) and dunes.
Suffolk’s coastal towns and villages – Southwold with its old-fashioned pier and colourful beach huts, but also Aldeburgh, Orford, Walberswick and Dunwich – are steeped in art heritage, with links to artists including Maggi Hambling, John Piper, Philip Wilson Steer and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Venturing inland, you can make for Constable Country and the Stour valley, Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham, Bungay, Beccles or Halesworth. Alternatively, you can visit some of Suffolk’s wealth of medieval churches, learn of Rendlesham’s UFOs or revere Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon heritage, notably the medieval ceremonial burial site at Sutton Hoo (whose discovery stars in the 2021 film The Dig) and the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow.
This guide makes a virtue of being selective, pointing readers to the cream of the area. It is organised into locales to encourage ‘stay put’ tourism and thorough exploration. It suggests options for car-free travel: walking, cycling, river boats, buses and trains. Written in an entertaining yet authoritative style, Bradt’s Suffolk (Slow Travel) is the ideal companion with which to discover this county.
About the Author
Laurence Mitchell (http://eastofelveden.wordpress.com) is a freelance travel writer and photographer who has lived in neighbouring Norfolk for over 40 years. He is the author of Norfolk (Slow Travel) and Suffolk (Slow Travel), both in Bradt’s award-winning series of Slow Travel guides to UK regions. Taking an active interest in the county’s long-distance walking routes, Mitchell has also written walking guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, including in collaboration with the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as Westering, a lyrical account of a slow coast-to-coast walk in Britain. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has contributed to anthologies and publications such as Geographical, Walk, Discover Britain, Wild Travel and hidden europe. A keen birdwatcher, he has considerable knowledge of the county’s wildlife and where to see it. Mitchell’s other interests, featuring in his books, include landscape archaeology, local history, literature and folklore.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
GOING SLOW IN SUFFOLK
Savouring Suffolk, How this book is arranged, Getting around
1 THE SUFFOLK HERITAGE COAST
Getting around, The sunrise coast: Lowestoft to Covehithe, Southwold, Dunwich & around, Aldeburgh, Orford & Britten Country, South of Orford
2 THE WAVENEY VALLEY
Getting around, Lothingland: Somerleyton & around, Beccles & the lower Waveney Valley, Bungay & the central Waveney Valley, Harleston & around, Hoxne to Diss, Diss & around
3 SOUTHEAST SUFFOLK
Getting around, The Felixstowe Peninsula, Ipswich & Woodbridge, The Shotley
4 CENTRAL & EAST SUFFOLK
Getting around, Halesworth & around, Framlingham & around, West of Earl Soham to Stowmarket, North of Stowmarket
5 SOUTH SUFFOLK & THE STOUR VALLEY
Getting around, Lavenham, Hadleigh & around, The Stour Valley: East Bergholt to Sudbury, The Stour Valley: Sudbury to Clare
6 WEST SUFFOLK & THE BRECKS
Getting around, The Brecks & Thetford Forest, Bury St Edmunds & around, East of Bury St Edmunds, South of Bury St Edmunds, West of Bury St Edmunds