Southwold is a small town on the North Sea coast, in the Waveney district of the English county of Suffolk. It is located at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is around 11 miles (18 km) south of Lowestoft, 29 miles (47 km) north-east of Ipswich and 97 miles (156 km) north-east of London.
Alistair stayed in Southwold on his trip back to the United Kingdom. Southwold was close to Dunwich, the real object of his quest, although the journey to Dunwich from Southwold still required a drive around three sides of a rectangle.