You don’t have get in the car to make the most of your time by the sea. Pakefield’s stunning beach is just a few steps away from the holiday homes. Stroll north along a promenade, either on the cliff, or along the beach past the colourful beach huts, to take in Lowestoft's award wining beach and the numerous refreshment stops.
Or take a stroll to the south past the cliff top church and local pubs. Or perhaps carry on around the curve of the bay to Kessingland to take in the amazing sea vistas and dune scape wilderness home to rare birds and even the odd seal!
Down the Coast...……….
Kessingland (2.5 miles away)
An ideal destination for a walk from Pakefield to take in the large expanse of dunescape and cliffs, with a local pub and a beachfront café/restaurant perfect for a well earned refreshment stop before heading back to Pakefield.
Benacre and Covehithe (7 miles away)
Off the beaten track, the unspoilt wilderness of the Benacre National Nature Reserve has a beauty all of its own. With Benacre, Covehithe and Easton broads surrounded by reedbeds, woodland and heathland beyond it's a must for both nature lovers and dog walkers. The dramatic remains of St Andrews Church at Covehithe sits above the deserted beach that can only be reached by foot.
Southwold (10 miles away)
Southwold was in my childhood, a quiet relatively unknown, quaint seaside town. It still retains its quintessential charm, but the secret is well and truly out of the bag! So much so that parking can be a challenge in the summer months, but don’t let this put you off, Southwold has a lot to offer and is a ‘must do’ during your stay. The town is a mixture of tiny fisherman’s cottages alongside elegant seaside mansions. The High Street has become a destination of its own, with many recognisable high street chains having a presence, such as FatFace, Costa and Joules. Other points of interest are the Common, the Links golf course, the Harbour, the Promenade, the Pier, the Lighthouse, the foot ferry over to Walberswick and of course Adnams Brewery.
Walberswick (15 miles away)
Southwold’s smaller neighbour, the other side of the river Blyth. A favourite of ours for crabbing and for the great beer garden and food found at The Bell. Crabbing equipment can be purchased from the village shops and in the main car park at the harbour. Walbesrwick also has a great beach, the Michelin recommended The Anchor, plus quaint shops and a café. You can also catch the foot ferry over to Southwold or walk up the estuary and cross via the Bailey bridge.
Dunwich - The Lost Village (15 miles away)
Dunwich was once one of the largest towns in England in the 11th Century, but most of it was lost to the sea during storms in the 13th and 14th Century. Local legend says that when the tide is low you can hear the bells of the lost churches. Today, the quaint village is a great place for a walk, combining heathland, woods and beach it is part of Suffolk’s Coast and Heath AONB. It is also home to a great pub, The Ship, with a fantastic beer garden and very good food. There is also a small museum about the history of the Dunwich and the ruins of Greyfriars Abbey still remain.
RSPB Minsmere (15 miles away)
My personal favourite not just for the wildlife, but for the varied landscapes of heathland, marsh, woodland and beach. Not only nationally significant for its birdlife, it also boasts the largest red deer herd outside of Scotland. Minsmere was the host for Springwatch for three years. There is also a visitor centre with a shop and café. There are numerous walking routes across the reserve and onto National Trust Dunwich Heath.
Thorpeness (19 Miles away)
If you decide to venture south towards Aldeburgh, then Thorpeness is also a must. A small village, Thorpeness is dominated by the Mere, and pretty mock Tudor houses but is also famous for the fairy-tale ‘House in the Clouds’.
Aldeburgh (21 miles away)
A bit further afield but another of Suffolk’s gems and worth a visit. Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten. The High Street has much to offer as does the promenade and the famous shell sculpture on the beach to the north of the town.
Oulton Broad (less than 2 miles)
The southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads is on your doorstop. A walk around Nicholas Everitt park and a stop off at The Wherry or The Commodore which both offer fantastic views across the broad is a must on your visit. In peak season river tours are available as well as private boat hire. Power boat racing is held on Oulton Broad on Thursday evenings in the summer season. A foot ferry operates from Lowestoft Harbour to Oulton broad.
Beccles (7 miles away)
A Georgian market town made up of small market squares and winding streets nestled by the River Waveney. Around every corner you’ll find quirky, independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Our favourite is The Waveney hotel that is located on the river bank.
Beccles also boasts the ever-popular Lido. There are lots of lovely walks in and around Beccles and the Black Dog Ferry which starts from the Lido on Puddingmoor takes you inland to Geldeston from where you can walk back along the river.
Bungay (12 miles away)
An historic market town famous for its history and folklore with the remains of a Norman Castle. Great mix of stores, boutiques and antique shops. Best explored by walking the Town trail that starts in the market place. There is also the Bigod Way which is a 10 mile walking route that takes in the historic sites and local landscape.
Somerleyton (5 miles away)
One of the finest Victorian Stately Homes in England, Somerleyton Hall also has 12 acres of beautiful gardens and a Maze. It also has a Kitchen Garden Cafe set in one of the gardens glass houses. Opens Mid April until then end of September each year.
Norwich (22 miles away)
Norwich is a fantastic city, in fact it is called 'A Fine City'. It has great shopping, great history and plenty of sights to see, plus a vibrant café, bar and restaurant scene. It is famous for having a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week of the year plus one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets in the UK. Norwich is a city where an unrivalled collection of heritage landmarks, spanning 1,000 years of history, blends beautifully with striking 21st century architecture. A city compact enough to easily explore, but with enough sights, local delights and cultural vibrancy to entertain you for sometime.
One of the UK’s National Parks, The Broads is Britain’s third largest inland navigation area and the beauty and tranquillity of its lakes and landscapes attracts around eight million visitors every year. The Broads is also home to a huge variety of the rarest wildlife - greater than any other national park in Britain - and has become a ‘must-see’ for nature lovers. Oulton Broad (2 miles from Pakefield) is the southern gateway to the broads which span an area to the west of Norwich towards the coast.