Kessingland to Lowestoft – a beach walk
Whether you’re a visitor to the Suffolk coast, or you’re a local to these parts – it’s worth taking the time to spend an hour or two taking in some of the coastal sights.
You may well be aware of the problem of coastal erosion along the east coast, but a walk along the pebble beach between Kessingland and south Lowestoft really brings it home to you how precarious the landscape is in this part of the world.
Walking from Kessingland to Lowestoft
We recently embarked on the 3 mile walk from Kessingland to Lowestoft to see what the cliffs and coast were like in north Suffolk. Setting off along the Kessingland promenade, the beach is so expansive that you can hardly see the sea in the distance. This isn’t a well populated piece of coast, so you really can drink in the peace and quiet as you head towards Lowestoft.
The width if the beach diminishes as you head out of Kessingland and into Lowestoft, with the sand laden cliffs appearing on your left. You can see how unstable the cliffs are here – with trees, bushes and rubble scattered along the foot of the cliffs.
All along the walk, the town of Lowestoft can be seen as the coast sweeps around to the most easterly point in the UK.
Food and drink
After 3 miles of walking along a pebble beach, the chances are you’ll need somewhere to stop and refuel. The first port of call when entering south Lowestoft is “The Jolly Sailors” – a pub and restaurant set on the cliffs overlooking the sea. The long promenade starts at the Jolly Sailors, and makes a welcome change from walking on stones. Follow the lower promenade for a choice of cafes and fish & chip shops. We managed to walk to the end of Lowestoft’s south beach to take a break at the “Iconic bar and grill”.
Getting to Kessingland
You may it find easier to park your car at your finish point in Lowestoft, and catch the Anglian Bus 61 service which runs into Kessingland.
This article has been brought to you by John Ellis, a longstanding Lowestoft resident, and writer for the holiday accommodation website Cottage Choice.