277 pages, 16 plates with colour photos; 100+ b/w photos, b/w maps
Combining travel writing with a walking guide, Suffolk Coast Walk provides a wonderful insight into this fascinating county and is the companion book to Essex Coast Walk by the same author. Peter Caton explores all 162 miles of Suffolk's unique coastline, describing the route for fellow walkers, with an engaging narrative that tells of the beauty, history and wildlife of this mysterious and varied coast. The reader is taken up and down Suffolk's remote creeks and rivers, past sandy beaches and huge expanses of shingle, through nature reserves, seaside resorts and tiny villages. We learn of the county's abundant wildlife, not just through its famous bird populations but also of equally interesting and less celebrated creatures, and how habitats are managed to balance the needs of nature and mankind. Throughout his journey, Peter uncovers many mysteries and considers the stories behind legends of Anne Boleyn, invading Germans, a half-man half-fish character, UFOs, Crazy Mary and bells tolling beneath the sea. He visits Suffolk's only island and takes a boat trip to investigate the secret world of Orford Ness. More than 100 colour and black & white photos illustrate the story of the walk and the beauty and atmosphere of county's remarkable coast. With maps at the start of each chapter, this is a book for those who enjoy a short stroll, a longer ramble or simply wish to follow the coast from the comfort of an armchair.
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Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. He has a keen interest in walking, the countryside and conservation, and is a member of many environmental organisations. Peter's other books include No Boat Required, for which he visited 43 tidal islands off the British Mainland, and Essex Coast Walk, where he describes a walk along the entire length of the Essex coast. Peter has appeared on Countryfile, BBC Radio 4 Excess Baggage and Saturday Live.