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Anthony Horowitz’s heaven on earth: Orford, Suffolk

Originally published in The Telegraph
Anthony Horowitz’s heaven on earth: Orford, Suffolk

Anthony Horowitz loves the local walks in Orford, Suffolk and crabbing down by the quay with his family and dog.

I've an increasing horror of flying and think there's a lot to be said for holidaying in the British Isles – there are so many wonderful places to visit in this country. I love Orford, an old fishing village on the Suffolk coast, which dates back to the 12th century and is dominated by the castle around which it grew up. I've been going there for more than 20 years.

I love crabbing down by the quay with my family and dog, and I love the local walks – those to Orford Ness, the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe, Snape Maltings and Alderburgh, just up the coast, are all wonderful.

I also enjoy looking for UFOs in Rendlesham Forest – scene of one of the most significant UFO sightings ever. The best place to stay is undoubtedly the Crown and Castle Hotel (01394 450205; which is in view of the castle.

Foodwise, I cannot recommend the Butley Orford Oysterage highly enough (01394 450277; I used to go there as a teenager and it's still as good as it ever was, serving wonderful, fresh oysters.

If you're visiting for the first time I'd recommend a visit to the castle, and, if the weather's good, a trip on the Lady Florence, a boat that goes up and down the river.

It doesn't much matter what time of year you go, though I particularly like Orford in March or September, just either side of the holiday season, when the weather's usually pretty good and you get that brilliant Suffolk light but you don't get the crowds.