Respite and refuge in Rosie

Apologies haven’t posted in months. Life takes over and then you forget you record adventures here and the next thing it’s April 2018 and a new season of Rosie begins.

We call Rosie our happy place.

It’s just what we need at the moment. Dubber has had issues with his ears for a year now and the tinnitus has been unbearable. Also my dear old Dad had been unwell since Christmas and took very unwell about nine weeks ago. Sadly he died in March and it’s been a tough time with the big hole in our lives he’s left behind.

This weekend marks the beginning of our respite, just time to get away and try to put the grief to one side just for a moment and re-energise ourselves for the difficult months ahead. Rosie is our refuge for a couple of nights and we’ve travelled to Suffolk in the sunshine.

We are staying near Dunwich at Cliff House Holiday Park. Yeah I know holiday park sounds a bit Hi De Hi but actually it’s the nicest of places. All the parking spots are in wooded areas.

We have hard standing and hook up and all the spaces are a good size, so that over the weekend when the site was fuller you didn’t feel like you were on top of each other. The amenities are good too.

After a pint of Adnams early doors we had a very nice meal in the restaurant ‘12 List Churches’, which apparently relates to there being 12 churches that have gone into the sea off Dunwich.

After a leisurely start we headed off for a walk with the intention of walking to Walberswick. Reception had given Dubber directions which of course we left in the van so having walked on the pebble beach for 45 minutes and made our way to Dunwich village we realised we didn’t have the details of the route and of course we came to a crossroads. Dubber mentioned a bridle way so with that in mind we took this route which of course was the wrong route.

We ended up walking through Dunwich Forest and heath on the Sandlings Walk. Although heading in completely the wrong direction for where we wanted to go we actually had a pleasant walk mostly not seeing anyone first through woodland with hawthorn, willow and well used paths and then across heathland with bright yellow gorse.

There really are unspoilt areas of England where you can walk away from the crowds.

We resorted to google maps and an OS guide on my phone. Dubber didn’t have a signal. We found where we were and took the decision to find the route back to Dunwich rather than Walberswick. When we found the Suffolk Coastal Path the walk became much easier and as we entered Dunwich we realised we missed the path by 50 metres.

In Dunwich we visited The Ship and took light refreshments – more Adnams and lunch. The fish pie was excellent.

After picking up an ice cream for pudding from the kiosk by the beach we got back onto the beach and strained our legs as we battled the pebbles back to Cliff House. We got there pretty hot and exhausted.

We dined on a light supper and a glass of wine or two and hit the Skipbo. I think we are even this trip.

We left the campsite mid-morning and headed off to Southwold. Everyone loves Southwold with its lovely old buildings and beach huts. We quickly traipsed round the shops and of course the Adnams Brewery shop and bought gin as you do. There’s a lovely old pier where we ate lunch before walking back through the town.

Just for my friend Andrea – pictures of beach huts.

Its a lovely gentile part of the country and the sun shone for us. Respite indeed. The old bugger would have loved it.

3 thoughts on “Respite and refuge in Rosie

  1. Loving the beach huts Jan and what a lovely smile at the end of your blog. I never met your dad but have heard lots about him – many happy memories for you all to treasure x

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