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I visited Orford over the weekend. It’s a really pretty town, but with a slightly sinister history. Orford Ness is perhaps best known for its part in military history. During both world wars it was used a weapons testing facility, and later as a development site for radar and Britain’s atomic weapons programme. From the shoreline, it’s possible to see the “pagodas” which were cells used to house the weapons during testing. The pagodas were ominous-looking concrete buildings designed to contain a blast (although originally they had aluminium roofs!).

We walked down to the quay and on the left is a great little tea room which serves up a mean ham and cheese baguette. The other great thing about Orford is Richardson’s Smokehouse were you can buy pretty much anything smoked: anything from Trout, to Eel, to garlic bulbs!

Plus, if castles are your thing, then it’s worth a visit to Orford Castle, built between 1165 and 1173 at a sky-high cost of £1413. Actually, even if they aren’t your thing then the views from the castle are great.

I think a lot of what makes the blogosphere interesting is the way that individual, local knowledge can be transferred to whoever wants to know. So here’s some of my local knowledge based on places to visit around Suffolk, where I’ve lived for the last 5 years. It expands upon one of my previous posts from last year.

Aldeburgh (map)
Aldeburgh is a gorgeous little town on the coast. You can spot a tiny little 2-storey cottage that is literally in a parking space, and there’s the Moot Hall which is a 400 year old building used for town meetings. A bit further along is where Slaughden used to stand, the town that was claimed by the North Sea. Good food available at the Cross Keys pub. Aldeburgh is also home to Britain’s best fish and chips, apparently. Fresh fish are sometimes on sale along the seafront.

Alton Water (map)
Alton Water is a huge reservoir with paths for walking and cycling around the perimeter. There’s a hide part-way round for bird watchers and a café for post-walk/cycle refreshments.

Landguard Fort in Felixstowe (map)
Landguard is a 14th Century fort on the coast of Felixstowe right by the docks. It was used to repel the Dutch in 1667, so it’s got interesting history too. The fort isn’t open all year round, but the times can be found on its official English Heritage site (http://www.landguard.com/).

Felixstowe Ferry (map)
Drive through the Felixstowe golf course and Felixstowe Ferry is on the other side. It’s a really nice part of Felixstowe with walks along the sea and the coastal defences. You can buy fresh fish from little hits by the moored boats. There’s also a good pub, the Ferry Boat Inn, which serves food.