A Short Trip to Suffolk   7 comments

I’ve never really been to Suffolk other than a few days spent in Lowestoft when I worked for a company based there. We took a trip down that way in late November and paid a visit to Orford down on the coast, a very familiar place even though I’ve never been – it’s my mums maiden name

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

Very nice it was too. We went for a lovely walk from the castle, through the village and along the banks of the River Ore after a hearty breakfast in a local cafe

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

It kind of feels like the coast with all the boats in the estuary but in fact the sea lies a couple of miles over the various spits of land divided from the mainland by meandering rivers that characterise this part of the world. The coast is also home to a myriad of WWII remains when this coast was the last line of defence from a sea-borne invasion. Some of the constructions look like flattened pagaodas and together with bird-life the area looks well worth an explore. Given more time we’d have taken the ferry over and taken a more thorough investigation

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

For now we made do with our short walk.

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

We were in the area for one main reason. You may ask why we went all the way from darkest Herefordshire to Suffolk for a weekend – a good 4-5 hour drive away. We went to pick up our new toy, an OPUS Folding Camper. We spent or first night in it and despite the cold weather we were toasty warm as it has a heater. Run Cottage Campsite was very nice indeed and practically deserted as you’d expect at the end of November!

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

We spent most of the weekend learning how to put it up/down and hitch/unhitch it – with a few minor hassles but it really is cracking piece of kit and we’re really looking forward to Spring when we can start to try it out for real

suffolk, opus camper, orford, river ore, run cottage farm

Once I’ve used it a few times I may even post a review – reviews are not really my thing. Still it made a change to have a weekend away somewhere different and see some new places

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Posted January 19, 2015 by surfnslide in Other

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7 responses to “A Short Trip to Suffolk

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  1. Andy, saw one of these on the TV. Looks great, quite an innovative design.

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  2. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Suffolk. Of course I could be wrong.
    You do realise that the minute you put that tent up the kiddie hoards will descend on it – the novelty value is bound to be too much for them. Especially if you have a heater on, it may take over as venue of choice from the Doh!mobile. Obviously, this is me scraping the barrel on the sour grapes front.

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    beatingthebounds
    • Suffolk is pleasant in an undemanding way. Not sure it’s somewhere I’d make a special journey to see but we enjoyed our brief visit. The area is a bit of a foodie place though, lots of nice pubs and restaurants.
      The heater only works with a hook up and we don’t tend to see the posse on the that sort of site although I’m sure the luxury seating will get a work out
      The Doh!mobile – I like that 🙂

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  3. I briefly ventured into Suffolk when I did the Peddars Way – but it’s only about 10 minute’s worth of walking before you cross the border into Norfolk! I was quite taken with Norfolk though; very quiet walking with wonderful expansive views.
    The camper looks great 🙂 but it’s got a heater – you don’t have to wait till spring!

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    • The coast down that way is interesting (ignoring Sizewell B of course) with loads of Martello Towers and old WWII defences as well as prolific bird-life. Not really my thing though.
      It’s drying the camper out that’s more of a problem in winter, just not enough daylight and sunshine to keep it aired – it is still basically a tent zipped to a trailer but a very clever one. Come March though and we’re off 🙂

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