Posted: 15.03.21 at 09:09 by Derek Davis
Stunning Shotley peninsula's secret has been revealed to tens of thousands of Londoners.
Slowly but surely the lid on or beauty spots has been prised open over the past couple of years, and now a feature published by My London on their lifestyle pages, with the headline Hidden beach 90 minutes from London in the middle of nowhere that’s one of Britain’s best-kept secrets.
The writer has highlighted Harkstead beach, Pin Mill, Freston Tower, Holbrook Creek, Jimmy's Farm and Suffolk Food Hall and pointed out the myriad of walking and cycling trails.
Harkstead's expansive sandy beach came to prominence last summer when more and more people started visiting this tucked away paradise during the first lockdown.
Shotley peninsula Nub news reported how increasing numbers had angered locals upset by car parking problems, littering and disruptive behaviour. (Full story here...)
The Bakers Arms owners moved to supply extra parking to alleviate obstructions and opened up a section of a field for the overspill.
Given the government's roadmap allowing people to start travelling further afield for breaks within England from April 12, there is a far chance visitors will once again start flocking to the peninsula.
Pubs, including the Bakers Arms, Freston Boot, Wheatsheaf, Bull, Kings Head, Butt & Oyster, The Shipwreck and the Rose, will be opening their outside space to customers, and various self-contained accommodation, including campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, will be open.
Bed and breakfasts on the peninsula would be permitted to welcome guest for overnight stays from May 17.
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