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Walberswick Beach


Walberswick
Suffolk
England
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With miles of beautiful beaches open to the public year round, Suffolk is a great place for a lazy walk along the coast with family. Suffolk coasts are famously dog-friendly, and there's never a dog-friendly beach too far away from one of the area's many coastal towns and villages. Below are the most up to date guidelines for bringing your dog out for a day on the beach. First, the good news — from October through April, there are no dog restrictions in force in Suffolk so you can feel free to bring the family pet to any stretch of beach you like. However there are restrictions during the summer on some beaches, so a town by town listing of restrictions from 1st May through the 30th September follows below.

Walberswick Beach


This picture perfect coastal village is holiday home to many British celebrities, as well as being host to the yearly Crabbing Championship every August. It's also completely dog friendly, with no pet restrictions in place. Click on the link for more information on Walberswick click here.





Walberswick is a hidden gem in Suffolk - tucked away across the River Blyth from the much higher profile Southwold. Until the early 20th century Walberswick was a trading port, but today it is one of Suffolk’s top tourist attractions. 



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(Image from Sylvia Speak at robsyl87@tiscali.co.uk)

The village and surrounding beach and marshland have long attracted residents drawn from the arts, film and media. In the 1890s and 1900s it became associated with Philip Wilson Steer and his circle of English
Impressionists, and it was home to the noted artist and architect
Charles Rennie Mackintosh from 1914.



Considering its size, an inordinate number of British celebrities own holiday homes in the village! Sir Clement Freud lived here, and their daughter, Emma Freud and her husband Richard Curtis still do. Martin Bell, Geoffrey Palmer, maintain properties here while Paul Heiney and Libby Purves live nearby. The village is the setting for Esther Freud’s novel, The Sea House,
thinly disguised as ‘Steerborough’ - presumably a coded reference,
or in-joke, towards one-time resident, Philip Wilson Steer. For more information on Suffolk's celebrities 



The village is famous for its annual crabbing competition - The British Open Crabbing Championship, held every August. The person who catches
the single heaviest crab within a period of 90 minutes is declared
the winner. The proceeds go towards strengthening Walberswick's sea defences.
The village has tea rooms, restaurants, two public houses, an art gallery, original crafts and gift shops, and you can walk to 
Southwold over the River Blyth from here. 
You can also walk the other way along the coast down to 
Dunwich, through the delightful 
Walberswich Nature Reserve or right along the beach

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(Image from Sylvia Speak at robsyl87@tiscali.co.uk)


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