Walberswick lies in an enviable position at the mouth of the Blyth estuary and at the heart of Sole Bay, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The long open beach backed by sand dunes provides a gentle gradient into the sea which means there is safe and enjoyable bathing for all ages at almost all times of the year. The hardy locals make a point of bathing on Christmas Day; a challenge most outsiders feel comfortable in resisting.
Links to Southwold harbour opposite are courtesy of the fifth generation of the Church family’s ferry and the pedestrian ‘Bailey’ bridge half a mile along the river bank. This busy stretch of the Blyth with its dinghies, fishing boats, cruisers and yachts has a timeless quality. It demands sensitive exploration on foot or by bicycle, horse or boat. It is joined to a network of footpaths that lead to local treasures such as the RSPB Minsmere Reserve via historic Dunwich or perhaps go west and follow the beautiful Blyth estuary as it spreads out taking in the heronry and hundreds of wading birds and possibly an otter or two on your route to Blythburgh.
Kayaking and sailing are obviously great ways to enjoy the Blyth and this section of the coast. For the more rugged, then kite and windsurfing are major winter attractions here. A more comtemplative experience can be had by taking a canoe along the creek from Walberswick towards Dunwich with the prospect of a sight of a marsh harrier or the distinctive boom of a bittern to lift your spirits.
Fishing expeditions can be arranged with Mark Felton who runs the excellent Panther charter services from Walberswick harbour and shooting and stalking is to be had with Julian Burrows the local gamekeeper. Ring Julian on 07957 730 700.
The Anchor has been recommended in The Good Shoot Hotel Guide.