Exploring Local Areas – Orwell Country Park

We moved to Suffolk back in June this year. One thing we haven’t really done yet is gone exploring. We’ve been into town and gone for quick drives around the area, but we haven’t stopped off anywhere for a walk to explore. Last weekend we decided to go for a long walk to a local park about 5 minutes away from us. Even though it’s so close we just hadn’t had a chance to visit.


Exploring Orwell Country Park

I’ve been meaning to take a trip to Orwell Country Park for a while, but because of my anxieties I didn’t want to go alone with Oliver. I’m glad I didn’t too as it was very steep in some parts so not buggy friendly! We took it in turns to carry Oliver when the ground wasn’t flat enough for him to walk which made us realise how hard it is to carry a toddler around long distances!

We took the long walk from the car park down to the river Orwell – with lots of pit stops in between as I’m not the fittest I could be right now! The park has a walk that loops round but we didn’t manage to walk the whole way. We manage about a third of the walk in total. It was so windy and it was getting quite late, so we wanted to get Oliver back in the warm. We plan to come back next Spring/Summer when it’ll be a little warmer and we’ll have more time to explore.

The park is full of so much nature. Surprisingly it’s right next door to the A14, but you really wouldn’t have noticed! There are lots of different walk ways you can take and a few nice greenery areas where you can stop to have a picnic. It’s a lovely place if you want to have a long walk for a day.

Taking Lots Of Photos

I took my DSLR camera with me as I was dying to get some photos of Oliver enjoying the countryside and Autumn – there’s only so many photos I can take of him in our living room! Oliver is a quick little boy so I had to have my camera on sports mode, and I’m so glad I did as I’m really happy with the photos I got of him. I’ve been sharing them on my Instagram recently, but I thought I’d share my favourites with you now.

I’m trying to take every opportunity I can to take photos of Oliver when we’re out and about, as I know I’m going to miss it when he grows up!







Exploring New Local Places

One thing I really want to do is explore more of the local area. We tend to explore more when we’re away for a weekend. We don’t usually explore anywhere local to us, which is a shame as East Anglia really is a beautiful place! I’ve got lots of places I want to visit, so over the next year I’m going to make sure we take a look around.

Is there any local places near you that you’d like to explore? Let me know in the comments! I hope you’ve enjoyed this relaxed and chatty post.


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  1. 04/11/2017 / 1:05 pm

    I love your photos! One of my favourite things is to just explore local areas and take photos x

  2. 07/11/2017 / 2:13 pm

    It’s so awesome having such beauty close by isn’t it? I love the photos you’ve taken. 🙂

  3. 08/11/2017 / 10:57 am

    I absolutely adore Oliver’s jumper here! How sweet! He is a very cool kid indeed! Exploring more of the UK has been a big thing I’ve wanted to do this year, and there’s no better place to start than your local area! One of my favourite days out in East Anglia is at the National Trust’s Ickworth House, it’s a lovely place with stunning gardens so I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in that neck of the woods!

    Abbey ? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  4. 10/11/2017 / 8:45 am

    I’ve lived in Suffolk all my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever visited Orwell Country Park. Seeing your post, I’ll definitely check it out!

  5. 12/11/2017 / 10:34 pm

    I’m a Suffolk mummy too. I love Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds, High Lodge in Thetford (technically. Norfolk but not far over border), Jimmy’s Farm (Ipswich) and Felixstowe is a beautiful beach!x

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