Posts Tagged ‘Suffolk’

Power walking

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

You might think that starting a nice walk in the countryside from the site of Britain’s only Pressurised Water Reactor to be a little odd, but the fact is that Sizewell lies in the middle of some of the most fantastic coastal scenery Suffolk has to offer. So it was that this weekend I did a circular route for Country Walking magazine. While the large concrete edifice which is Sizewell A (currently being decommissioned) has nothing to recommend it, I do quite like the look of Sizewell B. The main building is a lower profile, and on a brilliant sunny day, its light blue finish makes it blend in with the sky, so the futuristic white reactor dome almost seems to float in the air from some viewpoints.

The walk itself was exceptional, combining a couple of miles of the Suffolk Coast Path with a wander through the southern edge of the RSPB Minsmere Reserve, then on to a stretch of the lovely Sandlings Walk. Lots of variety along the seven mile route, but you’ll have to wait for the magazine to come out for the full details.

On my way back to Norwich, I dropped in to see friends Phil and Karen Stead. They recently took over the Huntsman and Hounds pub in Spexhall, between Bungay and Halesworth, and are in the process of breathing new life into the place. The Grade 2 listed building is utterly charming – the oldest bits dating back to 1496, with the most incredible chimney stack. Inside, it’s a veritable forest of ancient oak timbers, with hardly a straight edge or level floor to be seen anywhere. There’s a fine selection of ales, and they offer a good menu of traditional home-cooked food using locally-sourced produce. They even do accommodation, so they’re well worth checking out if you fancy staying somewhere which oozes character.