Sporting Suffolk

Fishing – There are plenty of local fishing lakes to Windmill Lodges, the nearest being at Stonham Barns. If you want to fish from the sea, Orford River Trips offer charter fishing trips. Or you could fish from the pier at Southwold, head for the river or even try your hand at crabbing at Walberswick.

Shooting – High Lodge at Darsham is run by 6 times world champion, John Bidwell. It’s been voted a top UK facility by visiting shooters in a national poll, and is classed as a Premier Plus ground by the CPSA, the official Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, making it one of the top UK shooting venues.

Golf – whether you enjoy playing in sight of the sea, or surrounded by forests or farmland, there’ll be a golf course within reach to appeal to you. Golf is available at High Lodge, Cretingham, Aldeburgh  Thorpeness, Ufford, Woodbridge, Witnesham and Halesworth, and there is a driving range at Stonham Barns.

Cycling – this is a lovely area for cycling, with many cycling paths and trails through the villages and countryside. There’s even an official Suffolk Cycling route, with the full circuit of 88 miles (142 km) designed to take between two and four days to complete. If you don’t have your own bikes with you, there’s a specialist hire centre at Darsham, or you can even hire tandems and other traditional cycles such as Pashley Princesses at Heritage Cycles at the harbour at Southwold.

Sailing – Suffolk Coast Sailing offers day sailing trips aboard a modern Beneteau yacht, skippered by an experienced RYA Yachtmaster. From their base at Woolverstone Marina, on the River Orwell near Ipswich you can explore the uncrowded waters of the East Anglia Coast, taking in the Rivers Deben, Stour, Ore/Alde, Backwater, Blackwater and Crouch.