Why these Suffolk villages were named among 'most beautiful to visit'
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Two Suffolk coastal villages have been named by the Telegraph as among the "most beautiful to visit" in the country.
With the Covid pandemic still restricting international travel, 'staycations' are expected to boom in 2021 as many people opt to holiday closer to home.
A list compiled by Telegraph travel writers has named the east Suffolk villages of Orford and Walberswick as two of the most desirable places to visit this year in a recent guide.
The Telegraph described Orford as a "sleepy old port" that is "dominated" by Orford Castle - which is all that remains of a 12th-century keep built by Henry II.
The resort is protected by the long land-spit of Orford Ness, a nature reserve that can be visited by boat.
Other suggestions of things to do in Orford by the newspaper include visiting Pump Street Bakery or buying fresh fish from Pinney's.
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Pump Street Bakery and the village itself were propelled to international stardom in 2015 when Oscar-winning director Mat Kirkby namechecked the business in his acceptance speech.
Peter Smith, vice-chairman of Orford and Gedgrave Parish Council, said this moment resulted in a surge of tourists interested in visiting the Suffolk coastal town.
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He added: "Orford has the river, the quay and all the pubs, which are incredibly good.
"It feels rural and like an escape from the city. It's really different and has a true village feel about it."
Walberswick, immediately south of Southwold, also received high praise from the Telegraph for its "picturesque" scenery.
The guide notes how children are frequently seen crabbing in the water while other visitors bask in the "magical light" of the Suffolk coast.
Walberswick is also popular with artists, who are drawn to its "long, empty stretch of sandy beach".
David Beavan, who represents Walberswick at East Suffolk Council, said community leaders are trying to preserve the village's beauty.
He said: "There's a big, long beach that goes all the way down to Dunwich and it's a really chilled place.
"It's still got a village setting. There's a lot of greenery around the houses and we're trying to preserve that.
"It's really important that we retain the beauty of Walberswick."