Suffolk's Best Dog Walks
With all of our properties being dog friendly, as you can imagine we're big fans of man's best friend here at Gough Hotels! We asked one of our Directors (and serious dog walker) Lynn for her best routes in the county.
Taking my dog Cooper out for a walk is never a chore, come rain or shine we are out. Working a busy life, having time to to get some fresh air, exercise and to play ball with Cooper contributes to a good work-life balance.
Wellies on, bum bag on (filled with treats), bags ready, and Cooper's play ball, and don’t forget his water bottle. Yes - I take a water bottle! Since he was a puppy I taught him to take water from it, because he runs a lot on the walk and when he is thirsty he runs up to me and takes some water - it’s cute really!
Coopers favourite place to walk is Southwold beach, without a doubt. Coincidental you might say, as we own Southwold Pier but it is truly a great walk along the beach. This time of year there are restrictions in place of where you can walk, but through the off-season you can walk all of the beaches. When we get there, he is off straight down to the water and in his element. Getting him off the beach is a different story - he never wants to leave! We play throw the pebble, retrieve the pebble (he never gets it), but he still waits for me to throw another one. I have lost count how many times we do this on the beach, to the point my back aches!
The Stour Valley is a great walk to do on a Sunday morning, most of the walk you can do off the lead and there are just a couple of points where you cross a small lane so keep your eyes open for traffic. We start at Rodbridge picnic site, and walk into Sudbury near the Quay. You can grab a coffee in the town with Javelin having a coffee shop which is dog friendly, as are a few of the other cafes. You can then reverse the walk back to Rodbridge, and there are toilets, a seating area, and a food & drink wagon if you fancy another drink.
Clare is a very cute old market town, and has great walks for a pleasant afternoon out. You can follow the old railway line and see the old castle ruins, or visit the Country Park. Your dog can go off the lead at times, but I normally take an extendable lead with me on this walk.
Ickworth Park, Bury St Edmunds
A walk closer to home which we enjoy is Icxworth Park. It is National Trust property and as I am not a member you do have to pay, but you can park up and get walking! You do have to keep your dog on the lead because of the sheep and other wildlife. I always remember that YouTube video when the dog owner shouts after his dog as its chasing a heard of deer - Fenton I think the dog is called! I play it safe again and I take the extendable lead out. Dogs are welcome in most of the grounds and it’s a good walk with family too on a sunny afternoon.