A most unlikely favourite beach – Sizewell

A Suffolk secret: Sizewell beach

A Suffolk secret: Sizewell beach

Now that the main holiday season is over for this year, we are given a chance to revisit some of our favourite haunts, and although on the face of it, no-one would want to go to a nuclear power station, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Sizewell beach, near Leiston and Aldeburgh, about 10 miles from Southwold.

Sizewell beach

Sizewell beach

Sizewell really is a dead-end, in the sense that there is only one little road in and out, and when you first get there, ahead of you along the beach to the left are the two nuclear power stations Sizewell “A” & “B”, neither of which are things of great beauty, particularly “A”, a concrete block-house of a building, which is being de-commissioned now.

Sea kale grows wild out of the shingle

Sea kale grows wild out of the shingle

Sizewell harebells

Sizewell harebells

Winch on Sizewell beach

Winch on Sizewell beach

However, turn your back on them, and you have one of the most delightful unspoilt shingle beaches along that bit of the Suffolk cost, where there are still fishermens’ boats pulled up on the beach, with old winches, nets and sheds, and sea-kale grows out of the shingle, and in the adjoining heath, there are wild flowers such as harebells and wild peas in amongst the grasses.

After a stroll along the beach, you can enjoy a coffee, or if you are in the mood, a full breakfast at the little cafe by the car-park (closed Sunday to Tuesday inclusive out of season). You won’t be disappointed if you take a trip there.

Sizewell café

Sizewell café

Sizewell nuclear power stations

Sizewell nuclear power stations;on the left is Sizewell “A”, and the white ball, “B”