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With the van packed up for the weekend we set off on Wednesday evening after work to find somewhere to park up for the night to break up the long journey to Suffolk. 

Traffic was surprisingly light given the long bank holiday break and an hour and a half after setting off we were settled in our chosen spot at Fosdyke Bridge on the River Welland.

Even though it isn't that far from where we kept the boat we never made it here by water. 

The pub is currently shut so we settled in with a few beers and a homemade lasagne in the oven to watch the sunset and listen to the water lapping on the river banks.

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Day two and we had an early start to beat some bank holiday traffic. By 7.30am we were sat in Farm Cafe eating breakfast.

Breakfast eaten we hit the road again and were soon over Sutton Bridge heading in the direction of Lowestoft.

By 10am we were parked at Ness Point, Lowestoft for a break as we were way too early to get onto site.

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After a break, drink and walk we hit the road again for the final half hour to our destination in Southwold.

We were still too early for the official check in time but as with most sites they were very accommodating and let us in early. By midday we were pitched up, bunting on the van and dog wearing his Jubilee harness ready to explore the harbour.

The harbour was surprisingly quiet. We had heard rumour it was booked out for the break but when we walked down the visitor moorings were pretty empty, as we most of the floating moorings on boat banks.

After a couple of drinks in the Harbour Inn we retired back to the van for a few drinks and a mixed fish bbq with produce bought from the harbour.

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Day 3 and today we decided to walk into town. There was a real carnival feel to the town with roads closed off for a travelling fair ground and everyone in a really happy mood. 

It was really busy as was to be expected and getting a couple of drinks proved to be a challenge with the queues for the bars.

Dinner tonight was a lovely bbq with produce bought from the butchers in the main street. It was all really nice stuff as well. With the bbq done it was more drinks on the van to finish the night off.

The wind really started to get up as the day wore on. By nightfall it was really quite strong. We were fortunate and the van was parked directly into the wind. Some of the tent campers were not so lucky and were pitched side onto the wind which couldn't have been comfortable.

We enjoyed a sunset walk on the beach to finish the day off nicely.

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Day 4 and the weather was decidedly more gloomy and chilly today. The strong wind was getting more blustery and we could hear the waves crashing onto the beach from the van.

We had a walk to Walberswick before catching the ferry back and heading back to the fishmongers to pick up some more lovely fish to take home with us.

Dinner tonight was a steak and stilton pie with chips and chilli mushy peas.

As the day wore on more tent and camper van campers started to pack up and head for home. The weather forecast had not improved and another night of heavy winds and heavy rain was forecast.

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We rounded day 4 off with one last walk on the beach.

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Day 5 was a day of travelling.

We had both been woken up in the night by the heavy rain on the van roof but we quickly got back to sleep again.

When we opened the blinds we realised that more tents and vans had left in the night, the weather proving too miserable for some. This had the unexpected bonus for us of making the traffic home much lighter than expected.

The sat nav took us a way HOME we have not been before from Norfolk or Suffolk along the A14 and A1. We were travelling for a total time of 3.5 hours and had a half hour stop for dinner at some services.

All in all an enjoyable trip. We will certainly be back to Southwold. The site isn't the most flash but it is clean, tidy and presentable and in a fantastic location. It is good to see the council spending some money on the site and improving the facilities as well.

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2 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Up until 2.00pm Thursday I was moored on the floating pontoons walberswick side, we went down there on the Monday.

We may have seen you head back out then. We were sat outside the pub at that time :default_biggrin:

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1 minute ago, Smoggy said:

While there I got a quote on a pint of guiness in the red lion, £5.80!!!! 

Luckily I far prefer the blackshore over guiness, when in Rome and all that.

The other half was drinking the Guinness in there. He said it wasnt a bad pint but then again at that price it didn't want to be. I was on the Southwold. Not sure how much that was. 

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3 minutes ago, Cal said:

We may have seen you head back out then. We were sat outside the pub at that time :default_biggrin:

We were moored right in front of the Cathedral hulled fishing boat "commitment", fired up just before 2.00 and left about 5 minutes after so we had enough room under haven bridge by the time we got to gt.yarmouth,  I think we went under about 3.30.

I think southwold was £4.80 a pint.

The fayre is usually there for the late May Bank Holiday, I was surprised to find the Nellie no longer does food and is just a wet pub now, good pub though, next time you're there it's worth knowing you can take the dog into the back bar of the crown too, harbour cafe has gone bistro/bar which messed breakfast up.

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Lovely clear photos. The flood level markers are a bit frightening....:default_scaredmouse:

In Southwold I recommend going into the Adnams shop and telling them you've never tried the Triple Malt whisky. They do tasters. Then drive to Woodbridge, go into the Adnams shop and tell them you've never tried the Triple Malt whisky. Then get the Mrs to drive back to Southwold, go to the Adnams shoop and sell them you've never shyed the trimble top whiskam......then back to Woofbrim and sho on....:default_eusa_dance:

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24 minutes ago, floydraser said:

Lovely clear photos. The flood level markers are a bit frightening....:default_scaredmouse:

In Southwold I recommend going into the Adnams shop and telling them you've never tried the Triple Malt whisky. They do tasters. Then drive to Woodbridge, go into the Adnams shop and tell them you've never tried the Triple Malt whisky. Then get the Mrs to drive back to Southwold, go to the Adnams shoop and sell them you've never shyed the trimble top whiskam......then back to Woofbrim and sho on....:default_eusa_dance:

I think the driving bit may be the issue, "yesh occifer, I'm not as thunk as you drink I am".

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22 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

Good to see that the bridge open again.

Haven Bridge is still out of action as far as I am aware, I get under at half tide or less with a quick fold down and time it accordingly.

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27 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

Good to see that the bridge open again.

We did wonder as we were walking up there if it would be a wasted walk and we would be coming back again :default_laugh:

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