Countryside without a car
It is possible to visit the Old Post Box without a car. Our location just outside Halesworth means that you have access to a town with shops and transport links while also being able to walk into beautiful countryside in Holton and beyond.
First up - how to get there. Halesworth Train Station is just over a mile away from the cottage and takes about 20 minutes to walk. It's a well lit, pavement walk along the main road from Halesworth to Holton. Trains to Halesworth come from Ipswich, which has regular and direct connections to London, Cambridge and Peterborough
Getting around once there....
It is possible to get around Halesworth and surrounds by foot only. There is a nice walk into Halesworth via the Millennium Green and this route is printed out for you in the cottage. The 99A bus goes from Holton to Southwold and to Bungay and to the pubs mentioned below as well as Halesworth town centre. The bus stop is just opposite the house outside the School. They run every couple of hours so important to look at the timetable to plan your journey. They accept contactless payments.
There is a Farm Shop three minutes from the cottage at Holton Garden Centre. It would be possible to just buy your groceries from here for a short weekend - it has all the essentials as well as a range of fresh vegetables, milk, meat and butter and frozen food including delicious pastries and ready meals. They accept cards too. The nearest supermarket, the Co-Op, is 1.5 miles away and can also be reached by foot in about 30 minutes. You simply walk back towards the station and through the town.
Things to do....
There are lots of nice walks from the cottage, including immediately behind at the Holton Pit which is a site of geological interest. It includes a beautiful lake and lots of rabbits! There are many other walks possible via the river accessed from Mells and they are signposted, more ideas on this website. It is possible to walk all the way to Southwold though we have not yet done it! The Cut Arts Centre is by the station and so can easily be walked to and has regular plays, performances and films.
Eating and drinking...
While there is no pub in the village itself, there are several in walking distance. The first option is to walk into Halesworth where you will find The Angel Inn and the White Hart. You can walk via the green route during daylight and the pavement by night. The Queen's Head Blyford can be walked to in daylight in about 45 mins. You walk out of Holton towards the turning for Mells and walk along the river. This is a similar route to take to the Star at Wenhaston. These are long walks (45 mins to 1 hour) and should only be attempted during the day since it involves walking through unlit and rough paths.
If that all sounds a bit exhausting, the cottage is perfect for just chilling out in front of the fire in the warm. With the Garden Centre Farm Shop so close it is possible to have a very pleasant weekend with just a short stroll there and back for provisions.
3/11/2022 12:12:30 am
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2/21/2023 02:47:33 pm
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