As the summer sun slowly descents into long hours of darkness and misty mornings brighten into mild days. It's that time of year, when rich hues of the turning leaves colour up the countryside, pumpkin spiced latte seems a good choice at the time and every 20 something uses a favourite seasonal hashtag 'sweater weather' when layering up for an Instagram post.
This is also a great season to wrap up, get your wellies on to explore Suffolk's countryside and coastal towns, here are some of the team's favourite spots for an autumn outing.
In the heart of the town, are the picturesque grounds of Christchurch Park and the impressive Tudor mansion which houses a free museum, art gallery and tea room. Opened in 1895, this was the first public park in Ipswich and still a treasured green space in the town centre with rolling lawns, wooded area and delicately created arboreta. A great spot if you just want to get of the house for bit and take a stroll in the crisp air.
Pubs: Woolpack & Greyhound
Autumn events: Fireworks night & Remembrance Sunday
Half way along the River Orwell is the pretty hamlet of Pin Mill. The short woodland walk begins and ends at the riverside pub The Butt and Oyster, worth stopping in for brunch before the walk or a hearty lunch afterwards. Ever-greens, deciduous trees and fruits of autumn fill the woodland, with stunning views of the River Orwell. A tranquil nature trail for those milder days.
Pubs: Butt & Oyster
Looking for something really unusual to do for a weekend outing, follow the infamous UFO trail. The scene of ‘Britain’s Roswell incident’, a legendary UFO sighting/landing point back in the 1980s. Pick up an Alien trail leaflet to decode messages, symbols and let your conspiracy theories run wild. The forest is a mix of conifers and broad leaf trees with open heathland and wetlands all providing great bird watching opportunities and a numerous other trails to follow is the UFO trail is a little out there for you.
Pubs: The Unruly Pig
The seaside town is a popular destination during the summer months, but once the holiday makers are long gone, relaxed strolls along the pebbles & the refreshing sea breeze air is perfect after a long week. There are two walks within Aldeburgh route 1 is north along the old railway line continue towards Thorpeness or loop back towards the Moot Hall via the seafront. Route 2 takes you south along the sea wall, follow the path along the river wall of the River Alde with views across the precious saltmarsh to Orford; the route brings you back into the high street to warm up with some famous fish and chips or visit one of the local pubs.
Pubs: Cross Keys, White Hart Inn, Railway Inn, Mill Inn