Sunday, 17 March 2013

Exploring the Great Outdoors in Winter

If you are visiting Windmill Lodges for a winter break in Suffolk then you may want to wrap up warm and explore the local area. Winter walks are an excellent way to get out, enjoy some fresh air and build up an appetite for lunch or dinner.

Fortunately Windmill Lodges is just a short drive away from the Suffolk heritage coastal area, which is one of the prettiest parts of the county. There are lots of places to go for a picturesque walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Windmill lodges offer an exclusive development of luxury log cabins which are ideal for weekends, short breaks or even longer holidays in the colder months. Each cabin has a coal effect feature fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with all bed linen, towels and tea towels provided, making it snug and cosy. Even better still is the exclusive use of your own private hot tub during your winter log cabin holidays!

Whether you are familiar with Suffolk and enjoyed holidays at Windmill Lodges before, or are visiting the county for the first time, there are many wonderful outdoor places you can visit in winter. In this article, we tell you about some of these places that are ideal to explore during the cold season.


The seaside town of Aldeburgh is a perfect place to take a walk along the water’s edge with your friends or partner. The world famous fish and chips make a terrific warming lunch after a walk on a cold winter’s day. Alternatively, you can pop into one of the places along the high street for tea and a bite to eat to warm up when it starts to get chilly or browse around the fantastic local shops. For a longer walk along the beach you can stroll along to the nearby village of Thorpeness and visit the meare for a boat ride or a warming cup of tea at the cafĂ©. The walk along the shingle beach is just under 3 and a half kilometres and makes a bracing challenge there and back on a bright winter’s day.

If cycling is your thing then the coastal roads and bridleways between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness offer a great area for cycling with quiet country lanes and relatively flat terrain. Or you can come inland towards the village of Snape and explore the Alde valley by bike or foot and visit the local pubs for a snack or full lunch along the way.


Woodbridge is a lovely place to walk around on a cold winter’s day with lots of places you can warm up in and pop in to enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a cup of tea and a bite to eat. There are a variety of tearooms, coffee shops, pubs and The Crown Hotel for more substantial lunch in Woodbridge.

If you fancy a walk that takes in the local sites and wildlife then the Tide Mill walk from Woodbridge to Melton is about 1 and a half miles and takes around 3/4 of an hour. The walk is part of the bigger “Sandlings Walk”, which is a route from Ipswich to Southwold. This Tide Mill section takes in the views across the River Deben to the ancient burial site at Sutton Hoo and the boats and wading birds near the Tide Mill.

There are a host of walks you can do in Woodbridge from between 4 and 1 miles long and some are suitable for young families with buggies around the town itself. A popular walk is the Railway walk, which starts at Woodbridge station and takes in the town, countryside, the River Deben and goes out to the Seckford Hall Hotel and Golf club with its beautiful grounds.


The Museum of East Anglian Life is an open air museum in the centre of the Suffolk market town of Stowmarket.  Most of buildings are closed in winter, although the recently restored Abbot’s Hall is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays all year round. However, the outdoors area is still open for walks and you can take a stroll around the grounds and the nature reserve throughout the winter months for a reduced admission price.

There are also various events that take place here during the winter including craft fairs and activities for Bonfire night and Christmas.  On the fourth Wednesday of every month there is a “Welly Walk”, which is a guided walk around the grounds. Expect to get muddy as you meet the animals that are kept there and find out about East Anglian life throughout the centuries. 

Click here to find out more about our log cabins or to book during the winter months

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