Reaffirm your resolutions with a bracing winter walk in East Anglia. Before you pull on your boots, you’ll need to plan a route, so you can take in an Adnams pit-stop as well as the sights.
Perfectly placed in your path, you can replenish your stocks for Dry January, or reward yourself at the end of the trail with a little sip of something special and a heart-warming meal. if you are visiting from further afield, we’ve plenty of places to rest weary heads, with our cosy collection of hotels and inns.
Whether you’re local, or escaping our way, there’s so much to explore.
Visiting Southwold & Walberswick
If you’re visiting Southwold and Walberswick, you won’t get far without stumbling upon an Adnams pub. You can enjoy our hometown, take a tour of the brewery or distillery, or even climb Southwold Lighthouse. From the top of our world, you can plot your next walk and then visit our store and café for provisions before exploring the coast.
Walk to the Harbour Inn for fish and chips or cross the Bailey Bridge and visit the inspiration behind Ghost Ship; The Bell, Walberswick. Famed as the most haunted village in England, Walberswick is the perfect spot for an atmospheric winter walk. You can then snuggle up by the fire and chase away any chills.
If you received an extra-long lens for Christmas, why not give it a whirl around Hen Reedbeds, a 55 hectare nature reserve of reedbeds, fens, dykes and pools created to provide a breeding habitat for bittern and other wildlife. It’s a bird-spotter’s paradise around The White Hart, Blythburgh and beyond is Westwood Marshes, the haunting village of Dunwich, and Minsmere Nature Reserve - so go fill your boots.
After a visit to The Five Bells in Wrentham, you could take a stroll to Covehithe, home to St. Andrew’s church within a church and one of the best-kept secret beaches according to The Telegraph. The crumbling cliffs have created the strangest of scenes, with skeleton trees protruding from the sand. It’s a great place to escape from it all, but please follow the official paths, stay away from the cliffs and be mindful of the tide.
Visiting Aldeburgh & Woodbridge
From the Adnams store in Aldeburgh, peruse the town’s galleries and boutique shops before hiking along the shingled coastline as far as the eye can see. You could even take on the traditional Sailor’s Path to Snape and be back in time for home-cooked tea at The Cross Keys.
Grab your camera and stroll past Maggie Hambling’s famous Scallop sculpture which rises from the shingle. You can head towards the village of Thorpeness with its whacky House in the Clouds and The Meare boating lake, with its islands and coves inspired by J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Boats are moored until spring, but you can still rest on a bench, watch the ducks and take in the views of this magical 3-acre site.
We also have a store up the coast in Woodbridge, with its bustling waterfront and salt marshes. Historic sites like Sutton Hoo are nearby if you want to make a day of it. Check their website for off-season opening. You can walk the estate on weekdays and the exhibitions and facilities are open at weekends at this time of year.
Visiting Holkham & Holt
The Norfolk Coast Path stretches 84 miles from Hopton-on-Sea to Hunstanton. Along the route, you take in Blakeney, where Adnams has the White Horse - a joyous sight after all that rambling. We also have stores in Holkham; on the edge of the Holkham Hall estate, where our barley is grown, and inland at the nearby market town of Holt, with its country park. From sand dunes to rolling parkland, North Norfolk it has it all.
Blow the cobwebs away and head for Frinton-on-Sea, with its beautiful beach and easy to navigate esplanade. Why not immerse yourself in the cultural quirkiness of this original holiday resort or explore the local culture with the Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust’s Town Trail? The more adventurous, can hike to or from Walton-on-the Naze, before visiting our Frinton store for a welcome reward.