Suffolk Coast Path 8: Kessingland to Norfolk (almost)

25 October 2014

It was a tedious start to the walk as the hourly bus on the A12 at Corton which was to take me to Kessingland drove past without stopping, the driver no doubt thoroughly distracted by the multiple police cars on the other side of the road with officers wrestling someone to the ground who had got out of the first police car to stop. A moment's entertainment for the bus driver meant an extra hour waiting by the roadside for George and me.

The beach at Kessingland from the top of the cliffs

Looking towards Lowestoft

After a descent from the clifftops, we continue to Lowestoft on the beach

The end of the official Suffolk Coast Path - but we still have some way to go to get to Norfolk

On the A12 Bascule Bridge as a couple of small boats come from the Outer Harbour into the Inner Harbour

At Ness Point, the most easterly point of the UK. The toposcope gives distances and directions to a number of places: we are 472 miles from Dunnet Head (most northerly point), 764 miles from Thorshavn (capital of the Faroe Islands), 490 miles almost due east is Berlin, and across the water Amsterdam is only 155 miles away.

Heading just west of north, with Great Yarmouth visible in the distance

Lowestoft Lighthouse - the High Light was completed in 1874 at a cost of 2350. It was automated in 1974 and further modernised in 1997.

Very easy walking

Less easy walking

This sign was unexpected, and is pretty clear: "no access"

But this one is also clear, and therefore I proceeded, at my own risk...

...having taken note of the tide times (which in fact I'd consulted before I set off on my walk)

The going is pretty easy (at the right state of the tide)

At the top of the steps was a notice advising that the "promenade" (presumably that which I'd just walked along) would be closed from 3 November 2014 until April 2015 "subject to to conditions being safe again for public use". Definitely something to research before returning to this point to continue the walk northwards, though a cliff-top walk is always an option.

A strange garden as we walk through Corton back to the car

Total 14.4 km in 3 hours 33 mins, making 6.6 km progress along the official Suffolk Coast Path plus another 6.0 km further along the Suffolk coast.

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