Plenty of Fresh Air

Oh dear, what is there to say today? There has been so much bad news and less and less consensus. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? It appears that all hope is being pinned on the production of an effective vaccine.

Let’s leave the Covid Crisis behind and head off for an exhilarating, bracing walk along the North Sea at Sizewell. There is plenty of cool, fresh air and not many people on this stretch of the Suffolk coast in mid October.

Sizewell Beach with Dunwich Heath in the distance.

After Shingle Street, Sizewell, is my next favourite Suffolk beach. I have been coming here since I was a child. Over the years the small fishing village has been put on the country’s map as a site for nuclear power stations. Initially, supplying electricity for the National Grid from the big old Magnox nuclear power station commissioned in 1966, and then the more elegant (?), pressurised water reactor version, commissioned in 1995.

Nuclear power stations. Magnox to the left and pressurised water to the right.

I have always thought it a slightly, eerie place and you would never guess that its next door neighbour is the glorious RSPB’s Minsmere Nature Reserve. The walk from Sizewell along to Dunwich Heath passes along the edge of the Reserve’s wetlands and is a short section of the 60 mile Felixstowe to Lowestoft Suffolk Coast Path.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

15 thoughts on “Plenty of Fresh Air”

  1. Oh dear – the beach looks so very much nicer without its backdrop. Still, a good breezy walk probably enables you to forget the dreadful here and now – just for a while.

    1. We’ve finally had two days, yes two days without rain. The wet has been so unusual for our part of the world. Breezy definitely preferable. My sister has told me forgetting is easier when you turn off the news. I can’t decide if that’s a good idea or not. 😐

      1. Yes. Turn it off. Read the news online – it’s much easier to click out when you feel saturated. And you can choose your news outlet….

  2. A walk like this would put me in heaven. I have always wished to live near the ocean. What a great spot you are living in! Love the nuclear power plant squatting there. It looks embarrassed and angry at the same time.

    1. What an acute remark about the power plant. I so agree with it now you have mentioned it. ‘Squatting’ is the perfect description with embarrassed and angry summing up the feel of the place so well. I’ve never lived more than an hour from the coast apart from when I lived in Frankfurt, Germany. I found that quite difficult so when we moved to the Netherlands we found a flat in a seaside town. I really loved the luxury of a walk along the beach every morning in the winter.

      1. That is a dream for me, to walk on the beach every day. We don’t live far from the ocean, as little as 1.5 hours depending on where you go, but – it’s a seaside resort all the way up and down the coast for hundreds of miles, not peaceful or open. I can remember when I was very young, early 60’s my family made a trip to Florida, and how deserted and empty the beach was (very very different now). That is my dream beach experience, I enjoy it even in memory.

      2. I think the coast can be a fabulous wilderness, but so often, especially in populated areas, humans try to impose order and control. Marine reserves are possibly the best we and nature can expect in these peopled places.

    1. Aye lass, I do like bleak. If I can’t have crashing waves and spray then a howling gale on moorland comes a close second. The knack to enjoying all this dramatic weather is wearing the right gear. I learnt this rather late in life from my daughter when she went on a young persons expedition to Svalbard in the Arctic.

      1. Oddly enough, just yesterday I packed up a parka I bought in Paris (too hot for our mild coast), and a “Sherpa” brand rain jacket I bought from a camping store for our Canadian “wilderness” trip – thinking, as I did so . . . “if I lived in England, I would probably need these”. I intend on offering them to my young niece who is doing a lot of overnight camping.

      2. It’s funny you should mention about needing them in England as my daughter phoned me and asked me to post her Arctic Keela jacket to London!!! That wasn’t for the cold though, but it’s properly waterproof and she doesn’t ‘do’ umbrellas.

    1. Today, here in Ipswich it is grey, wet and dreary and I, too, would so much prefer to be on the beach at Sizewell. Somehow grey weather is not so much of an issue at the beach. Keep safe in these horrible times.

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