A Circular Walk around Minsmere
28 July 2013
A beautiful July afternoon, and time for a little walk, this time a
varied but always delightful walk around the Minsmere nature reserve.
From the small village of Eastbridge, we head along the southern edge of
the Minsmere Level, walking the 2½ km or so to the sea.
Approaching the sea, there are views of the remains of an old chapel and
of Sizewell nuclear power station
Some of the wetlands of the nature reserve
Gaining height as we mount the sea wall brings a wider view over the
marshes and wetland
The sea on the right and Minsmere Level on the left, our route lies
along the broad ridge of the shingle bank which keeps out the sea
George and Lottie enjoying the varied walk
"This is fun!"
Some of the concrete barriers installed to help thwart a German invasion
still linger on more than 70 years later
The Plastic Palace - it's art (apparently) by Liz McGowan. The palace
has been made from plastic collected from the tideline at Minsmere,
sorted, disentangled and cleaned. They invite walkers to pick up plastic
from the beach and bring it to decorate the palace. There is also a
Palace Journal for visitors to write and draw about their experience of
the coast. Well, it's one way of getting people to pick up rubbish off
We have climbed away from the beach and are now crossing Dunwich Heath.
The dogs pause to rest briefly
We turn southwest towards the woodland on the western edge of the Heath
A number of deer cautiously keep their distance from us
Lottie shows the way through the dappled woodland
After the woodland we had some rolling grass, a bit more woodland, and a
short road walk took us back to the car after a really lovely afternoon.
Total distance 9.3 km in 2 hours 25 mins