The county of Suffolk not only has an incredible and stunning coastline but it also has a beautiful and diverse countryside. There are ample winding rivers, and of course, the glorious and world famous Broads. The beautiful natural scenery that will surround you on your break makes for the perfect backdrop for your outdoor, water-based explorations. The explorer and adventurer within you has no better time to let loose that while you are on your holiday.
The range of water activities that you can try in Suffolk are diverse, from surfing and swimming to canoeing, kayaking and sailing; there is something suitable for all the family to enjoy.
Suffolk isn’t always recognised as a prime surfing spot, but as the locals and individuals who have surfed there know, on the right day, with the right conditions, the 50-mile stretch of the Suffolk coastline is any wave riders dream. Some of the best spots for a wave can be caught near our Suffolk Caravans, with the best beaches being Southwold, Lowestoft and Walberswick. A dip in the sea may not be the first thought for some in the middle of winter, but the biggest and most consistent swells come between October and March, with the Northerly swells creating idyllic barrels, making the cooler months an excellent time to suit up and head in. Novice surfers and the more experienced will find a fun wave in Suffolk, so whether it’s your first go or your 501st go, the coastline here is not to be missed!
Suffolk has an outstanding network of waterways, each boasting ideal conditions for those looking to slow down the pace a little. As you gently roam the many routes, you get the chance to absorb and enjoy the surroundings. The channels have a very subtle movement, making for a gentle ride. Nature lovers eagerly jump into a canoe in Suffolk, as the peacefulness, calmness and pace of the water offers perfect wildlife spotting conditions. You’ll paddle through willows and reeds, past wild flowers and cows grazing.
The two most popular choices for canoeing in Suffolk are the River Alde and the River Deben. Both waterways lead to the sea, but along the way, there are interesting and fascinating sights to be enjoyed.
The River Alde is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and beautiful it is. With resident otters making an appearance in the evening light and several seals sunning themselves on the river banks during the day, the amazements waiting to be discovered are abundant.
The River Deben is suitable for the more experienced paddlers, or for groups who are accompanied by a qualified instructor, as the route can be challenging in certain circumstances although, it will guarantee a pleasurable day. As the river is tidal, canoers can use the flow to get from one end to the other, depending on tide times, saving themselves from an overly exhausting trip.
If you don’t have your own canoeing kit, not to worry, there is a choice of places to hire all the gear you would need. Including all the necessary safety equipment.
On a warm summers day, there is nothing better than cooling yourself off in the water. In recent years, Suffolk has become a popular area for wild swimming, for locals and holiday makers alike. With the sea, rivers and broads, wild swimmers are spoilt for choice. The Waveney river is a well-liked location, with magical river banks, luscious green grass and clear waters, all temping you in for a tranquil and refreshing dip.
Alton Water is one of Suffolk’s largest reservoir; it is a stunning spot to spend the day picnicking and wandering around, although if you fancy something a little more adrenaline fuelled, why not have a go at sailing on the manmade lake? With the help of the experienced instructors, it’ll be no time before you are cruising along the water.
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