As we are presently based in East Anglia, it's appropriate that we feature the nearest seaside town to our Waveney Valley base, and that's Southwold, on the Suffolk coast.

Apart from its charm and well-kept, unspoiled appearance, Southwold has plenty more things for locals and visitors to enjoy, including a range of bars, cafes, galleries, and late-opening food stores. It's a mini-metropolis, in fact, that includes among its local businesses, Adnams Brewery, famed locally for its beers and modish shops - of which more to come.

A feature of the Southwold seafront are lines of colourful beach huts, this one with afternoon shadows that form a crenellated line along the sand (below).

At the southern end of Southwold (below) more beach huts reflect the rays of the setting sun. They mark a contrast between these leftovers from a simpler age and the concerns of the modern world - warning signs not to swim near the groynes, and an emergency telephone.

A nice town, and we haven't shown you the fascinating harbour area yet. Come back for more soon.

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