Covehithe in Blythburgh, Suffolk has been voted as one of the best picnic spots in the UK!

‘It’s a place of melancholy that teaches you what it means to be alive,’ opines the novelist Blake Morrison about this beach north of Southwold. All roads to Covehithe lead – literally – to the sea, as each year the North Sea claims another few feet. From the half-ruined church to the salt-worn trunks of a clifftop copse, coastal erosion lends ‘a beauty of decay’, as Morrison puts it. Part of the glory is that there are no facilities: pack a picnic and follow The Crumbling Cliffs of Covehithe Walk.