Find your perfect holiday

Find your perfect holiday


If you can’t resist taking a walk along the coast during your Norfolk Broads holiday, you’re in luck, as there are plenty of coastal town’s nearby that offer long stretches of sandy coastline, which is wonderful to walk along even during the winter months.

Among some of the most popular coastal towns in Norfolk & nearby Suffolk are Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft. These are conveniently close to our lodges & holiday homes and can even be reached by boat. But one that’s a little further away that we would definitely recommend visiting is Southwold, located to the south of Lowestoft.

Southwold sits along what is known as the Suffolk Heritage Coast on the mouth of the River Blyth and is approximately 20.3 miles from Waveney River Centre, where our luxury holiday lodges for sale can be found. This relatively short distance means that you can enjoy a pleasant day out without having to spend too much time on the road travelling back & forth.

Take a relaxing walk along the beachfront in front of the coloured beach huts & enjoy unspoilt views of the sea & sand. When the sun is shining there’s nothing better than spending some time relaxing on the sand, which stretches along the coast giving plenty of room for everyone to take advantage of. If the temperature isn’t quite high enough for sunbathing then you can still enjoy a relaxing stroll on the sand, listening to the small waves break gently onto the shore. If you keep walking you will eventually reach the point where the River Blyth flows into the sea. This is where the harbour is located and it’s a great place to pass the time, as watching the boats & yachts enter & exit the harbour is surprisingly entertaining.

Recently restored in 2001, Southwold Pier is one of the most impressive piers in the country & also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Suffolk. Once you arrive you will no doubt be impressed by what a single pier has to offer. It’s definitely the place to be if you’re feeling peckish, as there are three restaurants serving fresh food across four varied menus. These are the Boardwalk, The Clockhouse & The Beach Café, which all incorporate fresh fish on their menus.

There are also three shops to explore. The Curlew shop is great for kids, as there are plenty of soft toys, games and ice cream! There is also a selection of local produce for the adults to enjoy. The second shop is Seaweed & Salt, which houses an impressive range of housewares, so if you love adding items to your interior from your trips away then this is definitely the place to be. The Lighthouse shop is definitely designed for the summer season, as it sells all you will need to enjoy a day out on the sand such as buckets, wind breaks and spades. There is also tasty ice cream available, which is nice at any time of year. For added entertainment there is also arcades that both adults & kids can enjoy, as well as the popular Under the Pier Show.

Where is Southwold?
Southwold is located on the Suffolk coast approximately 13.4 miles (29 minutes) from the town of Lowestoft and only 20.5 (39 minutes) from our luxury holiday lodges.

Where can I stay at Southwold?
Probably the most convenient place to stay on the Norfolk Broads that’s within easy reach of Southwold is Waveney River Centre, where our luxury holiday lodges can be found. Here you will be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Waveney Valley and enjoy beautiful views across the marshland & river, while having only a short distance to travel by road to Southwold. Some of our luxury lodges now include hot tubs & if you don’t travel anywhere without your dog, our pet friendly lodges will be just what you need.

What else is nearby?
Only a mile away from Southwold is the charming village of Reydon. Here you will be able to enjoy calming woodland walks, which are a must during late spring, as bluebells will pop up and cover the floor of the woodland. Blythburg is another charming village that’s close by and home to the Cathedral of the marshes, a 15th century church that was said to have been a resting place used by Oliver Cromwell. There are also many other fascinating little towns & villages nearby that are highly recommended for a day out including Walberswich and Dunwich.


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