Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
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The final day of our short break but we were in no particular hurry to be on the road so took our time getting up and packed but we were still out before 10 a.m. We'd though about having breakfast in Norwich but with the coast so close and the sun making something of an effort we went east towards the seaside and Dunwich, having checked that there were definitely some cafes in the vicinity.
I’ve long had a minor fascination with Dunwich after reading/hearing about it having once been a major port and one of the most important towns in East Anglia until major tidal surges and storms in the late 13th century and a particularly disastrous one in 1347 that saw some 400 houses swept into the North Sea saw the coastline pushed back and the populated area overwhelmed. Some say that under certain sea conditions it is possible to hear the bells of the eight churches that were lost to the water. Apparently. In the 2001 census a population of 84 was recorded.
My fascination has not until now extended to actually visiting Dunwich but as we were in the vicinity and as the internet confirmed that there was at least on café that was likely to be open we followed the minor roads down from the A12 to the sea where there is a shingle-based car park with an honesty box for donations rather than a fee.
The café was in a wooden building with views over England’s largest reed bed and when we asked if they did any breakfasts the chap produced a chalk board proclaiming 'full English breakfast" that was hidden under a counter. A novel approach, but we ordered two, anyway. They were good.
Our next destination was Dunwich Heath, a short distance south of Dunwich village (or town) where we hoped to find some Dartford Warblers. The heath is owned by the National Trust and is focused on the old Coastguard Cottages which stand a sensible distance back from the cliffs.
[more to follow shortly]