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From Bawdsey Quay to East Lane Bawdsey by shingle beach can be hard going on the feet and legs, there are also a lot of groynes/old jetties stakes etc to contend with too, I have only done this walk once and found it hard going, also remember that you might have to walk back too!

From the Quay the best bet is to follow the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Path [SCHP] as this will keep you off the beach on the Deben Estuary, the tides are very fast and try not to walk out on to the Shingle Spit, this appears to be extending and it is easy to get cut off by the tides, stay safe! There are literally millions of sea shells in this area

You will see in the cliffs parts of a once magnificent garden, see here

http://risk.english-heritage.org.uk/2010.aspx?id=4941&rt=4&pn=8&st=a&ctype=all&crit=

The report mentions erosion by the sea, I had previously read elsewhere that Bawdsey Manor would be an island by 2050 if rising sea levels continue at its present rate. Hopefully work that has recently been undertaken at East Lane will keep the sea at bay, see this site for previous problems

 http://www.ifever.org.uk/camera/

and here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3300083/Coastal-erosion-building-scheme-to-save-tower.html





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East Lane, Bawdsey 

WWII fortifications
The last three photos are looking south towards the Martello Tower









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East Lane, Bawdsey to Shingle Street [to be continued]

Immediately from the sea wall looking inland there are a series of four reservoirs, some birds have made this their home and on occasion the odd rare or scarce species pops up. it was here that I saw a Red Rumped Swallow in May this year. the road is very narrow to the carpark and try to avoid the pick up/drop off time at the local school!! This is also the route into East Lane for pedestrians arriving on the Coast Path from Bawdsey Quay
 
On standing on the sea wall look out at sea, then turn 180 degrees to look inland and you will see that without the sea wall how vulnerable this land could be

From the East Lane Martello Tower there are three other Martello Towers leading up to Shingle Street, it is a number of years since I have walked this stretch of the coast but I have been to Shingle Street many times including last year

The photo immediately below shows part of the WWII fortifications with one of the reservoirs in place






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Shingle Street, a lived in Martello Tower 

 

Walking along the shingle beach and looking North towards Orford and Orfordness you can see this distant view, from Shingle Street it is not possible to walk this bit of coast until one reaches Slaughden Martello Tower just South of Aldeburgh

Orford Castle Keep and Orford Church can be made out on this photo, the mouth of the River Ore precludes any further walking here The SC&HP goes well inland here. The vegetated Shingle Spit of Orfordness is still officially out of bounds in part although the Ministry of Defence claim that the area is safe of ordnance




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The view North from Shingle Street looking towards The Orfordness Lighthouse

 

The extent of the Shingle Spit of Orford Ness opposite Shingle Street apparently extending

The Lighthouse can be seen beyond



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