Suffolk’s rural beauty is found in abundance along the Coastal path between Sizewell and Southwold. With easy going terrain and well marked paths makes it suitable for cyclists of all abilities, although off road tyres are advisable.
Our ride starts conveniently at the car park of the Eels foot inn, adjacent to Minsmere nature reserve.
Heading north, passing through woodland and open heathland just west the National trust’s coast guard cottages and tea room at Dunwich heath the path skirts round Dunwich village, crossing Westleton road before heading onto a well- trodden bridleway. Turning right at a T junction takes us through a wooded section
then onto a track leading onto Westleton road, where we turn right, onto a track adjacent to Dingle Hill Cafe.
Continuing, the slight incline takes us alongside Dunwich Forest then follows the coastal path through beautiful marshes of Westleton heath nature reserve, where the ruins of an old wind pump can be seen.
With Dunwich river on our right and the smell of red onions being harvested in an adjacent field
we turn left towards Walberswick street, crossing onto Leverett’s lane. A short
distance on this quiet lane brings us onto the Village green where our lunch stop is situated, the Bell Inn.
After refuelling we return via the same route, taking a slight detour along Sandlings walk (Westleton Heath).
Mill road then heads towards Minsmere reserve and a final muddy off road section returning to the car park at Eels Foot Inn.
The wide tubeless tyres and front air suspension on my Giant Fathom 29er performed well over this mixed terrain, with some faster sections coupled with some technical parts made this the ideal bike.
A rewarding ride with stunning views. 17.5 Miles. October ’19.
Ray & Becky.