Crabbing in Walberswick

Walberswick area guide - Suffolk

Walberswick is a delightful small seaside village sitting at the mouth of the River Blyth

Walberswick is a traditional but bustling little seaside village, surrounded by sand dunes and backed by wooden fishing huts that are still in use with the local fishermen today.

Having over a thousand acres of heath and marshland it is not surprising to find it’s a protected  area of Outstanding National Beauty. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna which is popular with ramblers and visitors alike and lying at the mouth of the River Blyth, Walberswick truly is an idyllic place to pack up a picnic, bucket & spade and spend the afternoon on the beach…

…that is after you have spent a very enjoyable, if not slightly damp, summer morning crabbing by the harbour!! Children, Adults, Grandparents and dogs alike gather together for this wonderful and exciting experience of baiting a line and catching buckets full of crabs. Just when you think you’ve caught the very last one you suddenly find there are several more hiding under the rock next to you. Children are delighted with their catch, parents are delighted to find an activity they enjoy just as much as the children and the dogs – well the dogs don’t understand why you are using a crabbing line when you can just jump right in!!! And don’t worry if you haven’t a line, the local shops are packed full of inexpensive lines and baits along with the more traditional buckets and spades.
There is even an annual British Open Crabbing Championship which was hosted by Walberswick in 2010 – so watch out as your son or daughter may become the next Crabbing Champion!
But Walberswick is not just about the beach and crabs, the village itself, is very picturesque with quaint little dwellings sitting mainly round the village green. At the top of the village are the remains of St Andrews Church and well worth a visit to get a glimpse of how important and wealthy this Parish once was. There are various tea rooms and restaurants and with two public houses you will not be short of finding somewhere to eat even during the winter months. Surprisingly for its size there are also several craft, gift and gallery shops as Artists come from far and wide to soak up the atmosphere and gain inspiration from the beautiful surroundings. Fresh fish can be bought within the village or from one of the harbour huts on the Southwold side of the River Blyth and for your convenience a foot ferry runs across the river during the summer months. Southwold can be easily reached by a gentle stroll on one of the many seaside paths and is a lovely way to access this busier resort.
 Nearby Attractions

Walberswick – Osprey river trips – SCC sailing Centre, Southwold. Half-hour trips May-Sept 11-5. Birdwatching trips in autumn.
Walberswick Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre – heathland and coastal habitats supporting a varies of flora and fauna. Visitor Centre on by-road west of Walberswick. 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015