Beach that's a favourite with celebrities named one of the best in the UK

Sand dunes and a pier in Walberswick, Suffolk
Sand dunes and a pier in Walberswick, Suffolk -Credit:kbwills/Getty

Suffolk's celebrity-packed shoreline, Walberswick, has been recognised as one of the UK's finest beaches. Located approximately two hours from Cambridge, Walberswick is neighboured by the larger seaside town of Southwold but stands out with its unique charm.

The coastal spot, beloved by both locals and tourists alike for its untamed beauty, showcases a splendid lengthy sand and shingle stretch encased by grassy dunes - a scene that entirely compensates for the village's modest dimensions.

In a recent ranking released by Conde Nast, the beauty of Blackpool Sands in Devon was celebrated, landing the premier position in the 'best beaches' list across the UK. However, Walberswick was not far behind, securing the fourth spot and pipping beaches in locations including Cornwall, Devon, Wales and even Norfolks Holkham Beach, which clenched the ninth position.

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Conde Nast Traveller lavished praised on Walberswick stating: "On the south side of the River Blyth's mouth, Walberswick's long, grassy dune-backed beach is much quieter and wilder-feeling than neighbouring Southwold across the river. It's just a short walk from its postcard-perfect village, which has several solid pubs, and is the unofficial crabbing capital of the UK."

Further advice for visitors to Walberswick included a recommendation by Conde Nast to use Dani Church's row-boat ferry as an approach to access the superb seafood restaurants situated directly opposite on the Southwold bank, reports Cambridgeshire Live.

A day in Walberswick could easily be spent exploring its idyllic sandy beach, charming village, and the surrounding heath and marshland.

In addition to the beach, the village is enveloped by over 1,000 acres of heath and marshland, protected within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This area provides a variety of habitats for birds, and on the marshes, you can discover an 18th-century derelict windmill known as Westwood Marshes Hill.

A significant number of the properties in the village are either second homes or rented holiday homes, not permanently occupied, with many owned by celebrities. While Walberswick may not be as large as its neighbour Southwold, it has drawn numerous celebrities and artists over the years.

Among these were Philip Wilson Steer and his circle of English Impressionist artists in the 19th century. The village was also the birthplace of Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, renowned for his World War II documentaries.

Today, screenwriter Richard Curtis, known for popular films like Love Actually and Notting Hill, owns a summer house in Walberswick. Other celebrities such as Paul Greengrass, director of the Bourne Trilogy, and actor David Morrissey also have holiday homes in the village.