Walking Festival on the Peninsula
The Suffolk Walking Festival beings in May and we have five wonderful trails to follow on the Shotley Peninsula.
Walk leaders from the Shotley Open Spaces group will lead and look after you on the very popular Arthur Ransome Trail starting from Pin Mill at 11am on Tuesday, May 21. Bird spotting and great views are guaranteed on this walk through woods, and along the banks of the River Orwell where passages from Ransome's book 'We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea' are highlighted. See the massive cranes and container ships at Felixstowe docks, or the ferries, including the smaller foot ferry, from Harwich. This six mile stroll to takes about three hours and cost just £2. Finishing at the Bristol Arms, walkers can also visit the Shipwreck at Shotley marina, or there is picnic area with wonderful views down the river Stour.
A mixture of farms and rivers mark the seven mile walk, starting at the Shipwreck at 10am on Monday, May 27 costing £2 hosted by the Walkers Are Welcome group from Shotley. Walkers will take in the wonderful Erwarton Bay, with its lovely St Mary's church looking over the river Stour, before cutting inland, down Wades Lane and along by the Shotley marshes, which is all part of Suffolk Coast and Heaths, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Orwell, before finishing at the Shipwreck restaurant and bar, which has its very own brand of lager and a good range of real ales and ciders.
.Those interested in our Naval heritage will love the walk which also takes in the war graves and a talk in St Mary's Church commemorating the centenary of the German U-boat surrender. This starts at the Ganges museum, in the Shotley marina car park, starting at 11am on Wednesday, May 15 costing £2.
Another popular walk around Shotley on Saturday, May 18, starts at the village hall at 11am and takes in both the rivers Stour and Orwell. It takes walkers through Golden Wood, past St Mary's Church and the two Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries, and finishes back at the village hall car park, next to the very welcoming Shotley Rose pub, which serves food all day at weekends.
On Monday, May 13, there is a 12 mile circular route, taking in ancient bluebell woodland and Alton Water, starting at the Suffolk Food Hall from 9.30 am, taking in the gorgeous Orwell estuary views. There is a £10 charge for this walk.
Shotley is proud of becoming the first place in Suffolk to be accredited as a Walkers Are Welcome area. The initiative was taken up by the Shotley Open Spaces, which run regular health walks throughout the year. Contact SOS via their website here. You may also know them as the quiz team, which not only beat the Eggheads but created history by becoming the first team in nearly 2,000 episodes to get every single answer to the questions correct.
Shotley makes a wonderful base to explore the whole peninsula, or to hop on to the foot ferry and visit historic Harwich and Felixstowe's Landguard Fort. The Shipwreck Lofts B&B is an ideal place to stay with its clean and comfortable rooms, with wonderful views, over the restaurant and bar area.
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