Gorse can be easily found in the Southwold area of north-east Suffolk where it thrives on the many areas of common and heath. Old gorse bushes can be impressive, growing well above head height. In abundance the distinctive yellow flowers create quite a perfume and brighten even the dullest day. There is an old local saying that 'When the gorse is not flowering then kissing is out of season' - and gorse flowers all year round! The Blyth Valley Suffolk, from Laxfield to Southwold

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The Bulcamp OddityThis unusual structure is set into the embankment on the east side of the A145, just north of the A145/A12 junction near Blythburgh.

Located approximately halfway between Blythburgh and Bulcamp (grid ref: TM450762) it perhaps gives the appearance of an uncomfortable bus shelter. However, as it is believed to date from the mid-1800s the wait for a bus would surely have proved intolerable and may account for the belief that it is haunted.

Another suggestion is that it was indeed a shelter, but for those whose journey to the nearby Bulcamp Workhouse (a 'House of Industry' dating from the 1700s and presently under conversion to housing units) meant that their arrival was after the House had closed for the night. Surely though, this structure is much too small to linger in.

Seating for two, the Bulcamp OddityPerhaps clues to its purpose lie in references to the Tollgate, or Turnpike, Cottages which stood nearby, just down the hill, but on the opposite side of the road. Was the structure in some way associated with the Turnpike road?

Or again, perhaps it should be noted that the land lying behind the structure is named 'Springhill', and, on a walkers' map, this stretch of road is named 'Springhole Lane'. Perhaps the structure marks the site of an ancient spring, now no longer in evidence.

Article by Eileen Heaps, photos by Tim Heaps


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Sail Loft Self Catering - 1 Mackenzie Mews, Southwold - Self-Catering for Two, Central and with Own Parking

New modern mews accommodation centrally-located off Southwold High Street, with own parking. Light, well-furnished and open plan accommodation. Short breaks offered (minimum 3 nights). Photos and information on website but not available until Easter 2015. Regret no children or pets accepted.

4 The Martins - Self Catering accommodation in Walberswick for up to six people

Spacious centrally-heated accommodation in a converted Edwardian mansion set in own wooded grounds opposite Walberswick Church. Lift in addition to stairs. WiFi. Parking. Weekly lets Saturday-Saturday. Short breaks available out of season. Sorry, no pets.

Whitehouse Barns - Whitehouse Barns - two skilful barn conversions superbly placed near Blythburgh close to Southwold

Set in a spectacular location with views over farmland and protected important countryside, including the River Blyth estuary. Upper Barn and Lower Barn offer all year round well-equipped self-catering accommodation with woodburning stoves, WiFi, own parking and separate Play Shed. Excellent location for enjoying birds and wildlife. Upper Barn sleeps up to five people (+ one), Lower Barn sleeps up to eight (+ cot). Book both for larger family gatherings - the linking internal doors will be unlocked. Those with limited mobility may find that Lower Barn suits their needs. Midweek reductions possible for couples and singles. Dogs allowed. Lots of information on website.

Far View Holiday Homes, Southwold - Two high quality self-catering apartments in Southwold

Far View 1 and Far View 2 are conveniently located in Southwold and are aptly named as both have views to Southwold Common and beyond. Both apartments sleep two persons (plus 1) in very comfortable accommodation maintained to a high standard. Use of garden. WiFi. Welcome pack. Sorry, pets not accepted. Short breaks available.

Valley Farm - Five Star Bed and Breakfast plus two Four Star self-catering cottages near Halesworth

Set in over two acres of grounds Valley Farm offers a choice of accommodation - comfortable en-suite Bed and Breakfast within the farmhouse or two self-catering cottages with many eco-friendly features. Cottages both sleep up to four people + cot. WiFi. Private heated indoor swimming pool available. Strictly no pets accepted due to allergy.

Ebenezer - Homely Four Star Bed and Breakfast at Sibton for one or two people in Twin Bedroom. Walkers, Cyclists and Dogs welcome.

A modern bungalow, quietly placed off the A1120 tourist road at Sibton near Yoxford. Just a stroll to village pub and to village tea room. Holder of Breakfast Award. Close to cycle routes. Cyclists and walkers welcome. Well-behaved dog welcome. Children not accepted. Closed Christmastime.

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