Why these Suffolk villages were named among 'most beautiful to visit'

Stunning views of dawn at Orford, near Orford Ness Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Stunning views of dawn at Orford, which has been named one of the most beautiful villages in the UK - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.

Orford Inshore is found beyond Orford beach and the River Ore Picture: Mike Page

An aerial view of the Orford Ness nature reserve, which can be visited by boat - Credit: Archant

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.

Orford Ness sunset Wicken Fen Picture: National Trust/Justin Minns

The sun sets on the Orford Ness nature reserve - Credit: Archant

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.

Walberswick Church, Suffolk

St Andrew's Church in Walberswick is a grade I-listed building - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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.

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick.

Gemma Sharp and Primrose Taylor Mockett enjoying the sunshine on the beach in Walberswick. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

"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 Church, Suffolk

St Andrew's Church in Walberswick is a grade I-listed building - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

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.

The Anchor Inn in Walberswick, next to Southwold

Walberswick's Anchor pub is close to the village's beach - Credit: Archant

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.

David Beavan on the pier in Southwold. Cllr Beavan says the booming tourism in the town shows the be

David Beavan, district councillor for Walberswick - Credit: Archant

"It's really important that we retain the beauty of Walberswick."

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