Down South

In late November, we had a trip to visit relatives and friends way down in Kent and Suffolk.

Visiting Cath, Jerry and Ellen in Kent, we had some good walks around the North Downs, especially around Cobham and Jeskyns Country Park where Betty got to play with a bunch of other crazy dogs and we sampled some excellent beer and food at The Cock pub in Henley Street. Here’s the path through Ashenbank Woods on the way to Jeskyns.

In the church at Cobham there was a carving that looked a lot like Betty.

We then ventured up to Westleton in Suffolk to visit Elaine and David for a couple of days. It was our first visit to Suffolk and we got a good look around the local area, visiting Covehithe, Walberswick, Dulwich and Southwold for some good coastal walks and more tasty food and beer. We also had a great Jazz evening at the local village hall. Here we are on the beach near Covehithe, enjoying a bracing stroll and keeping an eye on the incoming tide.

After a walk along the flint pebble beach followed by some muddy lanes, Betty needed to get her legs cleaned off so here she is, sampling the waves at Dunwich.

Kent and Suffolk are highly recommended for their selection of good pubs and beer. Here are a few of the ones that we sampled. This pint of “Proper Job” IPA from the St. Austell brewery was so good that it had almost disappeared before we could get a photo of it.
Adnams Pale Ale

This is a pint of “Trigger” pale ale from the Musket Brewery in Maidstone, being enjoyed at “the Cock” in Henley Street.

Adnams is the beer of Suffolk and their brewery is a prominent feature in the town of Southwold. This is a pint of their “Mosaic” pale ale disguised in a “Ghost Ship” pale ale glass at the Bell Inn at Walberswick.