When I think of the English seaside I usually think of rundown resorts, amusement arcades, tat and nostalgia. It seems like most of them have had their day.
However, Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast is bucking the trend. It is an amazingly neat and tidy coastal village. Everything is newly painted and well kept. There is a pebbly beach to walk along but no sand so not bucket and spade territory. There are several fish sheds lining the beach where fresh fish and crab can be bought. The main street has mostly independent shops and restaurants with a few chains. On Easter Sunday it was buzzing with day trippers and London weekenders. There is a very busy chip shop.
We went on a walk which took us along the beach and into the fields and woods beyond. We saw ponies on the heath and gentle cows. It’s also good for birdwatching. We rounded off with sea bass in a restaurant in the town.
Aldeburgh seems to appeal to the smart set so there is plenty of money sloshing around.
It was a lovely way to spend a bright Spring day. Give Aldeburgh a try.