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My Suffolk Where do you like to eat out? We eat out about twice a week and I used to be a hotel inspector so I am always interested in what I see. One of my favourite places is the Cult Bar on Ipswich Waterfront. It’s really clever what they do with their menu; they offer food that is different and is good value. Other places I like are The Marquis at Layham, Bills in Bury St Edmunds and Cafe Bencotto in Felixstowe which has the best Italian pizza in Suffolk. Adnams, Aspalls or Greene King? Aspalls – they do those really nice flavoured ciders. Have you got any hobbies? Besides photography, I like to make short films. In addition to travelling to the location to shoot the film I love the editing part of it.

David Falk is Suffolk’s Green Access Manager and the organiser of the Suffolk Walking Festival

Where were you born and how did you come to live in Suffolk? I grew up in London and went to Newcastle for university. After that, I worked in the USA for a couple of years but arrived in Suffolk in 2001 and have been here for 17 years. I can’t see myself ever leaving. There is something about this county, it might be the pace of life, or the landscape but I'm just happy here. What makes the county special? For me, it’s the variety. I think if you’re not familiar with Suffolk you might think it’s very flat and sleepy. It’s actually vibrant. You’ve got world-class music and an amazing concert hall at Snape and there are places like Dance East too. But also the landscape has so much variety. There is the coastal strip but inland you have places like Lackford Lakes and villages like Kersey – and you can’t get more ‘picture postcard’ than that. Then there is The Brecks, with its own fantastic landscape. Suffolk also doesn’t stand still and the quality of what we’ve got, including everything from pubs, places to eat out and complexes like Suffolk Food Hall are incredible.

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How do you like to relax? I like to go to places like Ipswich Film Theatre. I read, love photography and like going to places to take pictures. Have you got a favourite walk? That's a difficult one because there are so many wonderful places to walk in Suffolk. So here are my top five walks. 1. From Southwold to Dunwich, through the marshes to the south of Walberswick. There is nowhere quite like it especially walking through the reedbeds with the Bitterns booming and Marsh Harriers calling overhead. 2. From Felixstowe Ferry along the River Deben. 3. Hadleigh railway walk. I know this is a linear walk but there’s so much variety; one moment you are in cutting and the next you’re looking out over open countryside 4. The Brecks. Walking along the River Lark path from Bury St Edmunds to Mildenhall offers such a variety of landscape. 5. Flatford to Dedham, with the National Trust property at one end and the busy village of Dedham at the other.

Is there one picture that represents Suffolk for you? The most iconic view of Suffolk is from Dunwich Cliff looking out across Minsmere and down the coast to Sizewell. For me though, I’m going to say Cavenham Heath in the west when the heather is in bloom. Where do you take guests visiting the county? If someone has never been here before we’d go to Pin Mill – and take them to dinner and you have to have to get the window seat looking out over the water. There’s nothing better than sitting there and watching the sun go down over the water. Other places we take people are Kersey and Lavenham because people just can’t believe how wonderful the buildings are. Recently we went to Newmarket to the new museum there and we were really impressed. Next time we will go back in the morning though so we can see the horses being exercised. Summer is coming up – where would you recommend to get away from the crowds? The seaside can sometimes get busy during the summer months but if you are looking to escape to the coast – Shingle Street is great and the walk up to Butley Ferry is well worth it. In Felixstowe we’d head for Trimley Marshes – oh and Cavenham Heath is good too.

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Essential Suffolk May 2018  

Suffolk's most exclusive and high quality magazine celebrating what makes our county great.

Essential Suffolk May 2018  

Suffolk's most exclusive and high quality magazine celebrating what makes our county great.