Robert lead a group of 10 walkers and one dog, including a new member on his first walk with us, on a circular walk of about 11 miles from Alderton which took us via Hollesley. The weather hadn't quite made up it's mind what it was doing when we first started the walk but very soon the sun was out and it was warming up nicely. Heading down to the beach we saw 4 of the 19th Century Martello towers used to defend the coast. Our first break was on the beach at Shingle Street where some members were looking at the sea and wondering whether it was worth going in for a dip, in the end they decided not to.
The walk continued along the beach which got a little hard going on the shingles so we were relieved to get back onto the road. We then took a footpath following the estuary and then inland until we came to HMP Hollesley Bay, thankfully none of the members were taken for residents at the prison and we followed the footpath that went through the prison grounds and on into the village of Hollesley where refreshments were taken at a local pub.
Being suitable refreshed with a small coca cola or two (other soft drinks are available) we started our return journey back down towards Shingle Street as the thirst for a dip in the sea still seemed appealing to some members. One reaching the beach although the sun was out the sea breeze had cooled things down slightly with only one member braving a paddle in the sea, although Shabba the dog seemed to enjoy paddling in it as well.
After having a relaxing break we then headed back inland to our starting point with the weather again starting to warm up.