The Suffolk coastal village of Walberswick is located in
an Area of Outstanding National Beauty on the south bank
of the River Blyth. Once a busy fishing port during the
15th and 16th centuries, the village boasted three
churches but now there is only the one. Silting
and the changing of the coastline caused the decline of
fishing and trading.
The village attracts the summer visitor and a large
proportion of the properties are now holiday homes. The
area around Walberswick has over a thousand acres of
heath and marshland and its a great place for the
rambler and nature lovers.
In the summer months a small passenger ferry takes
people across the River Blyth to the nearby seaside town
of Southwold. It is also
possible to get to Southwold via the Bailey bridge which
crosses the river.
The town boasts two public houses The Bell Inn and The
Anchor, a gallery, restaurants and tea rooms.
A favourite pursuit during the summer months is crabbing
off the harbour, it is here that the British Open
Crabbing Championship is held to raise monies for
various charities. Competitors from all over the world
descend upon this place.
During 1914, Walberswick was home to the famous artist
and architect Charles
Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Mackintosh was a
Scottish architect and a designer in the Arts and Crafts
Remember to pronounce the village name correctly