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One hour's walk along the riverbank is Pin Mill Hard and the Butt and Oyster Inn. Enjoy a pint of Adnams and some fine food while inspecting the Thames barges drawn up on the Hard. The hamlet of Pin Mill is the start point for Arthur Ransome's We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea and it retains the spirit of gentler times. Next to the pub is a coffee shop and gallery. The stream that runs down to the river is known as the Grindle - perfect for even the smallest children to paddle.
There is a shell beach 10 minutes from Orwell View Barns, which ticks all the boxes for a beach for the little ones when 2 hours either side of high tide and 10 minutes drive away at Shore Lane, Harkstead there is a sandy beach on the side of the River Stour (also tidal) which is just great for all the family!
Take The Foot / Cycle Ferry To Harwich And Felixstowe
The Shotley Peninsula lies between the rivers Orwell and Stour. The town of Shotley, at the end of the Peninsula, was home to the HMS Ganges naval training base. The Bristol Arms looks out towards Harwich. From the Shipwreck tavern in the marina you can watch the giant container ships coming and going from Felixstowe dock. There is a foot (and bike) ferry service from the marina to Harwich and Felixstowe
Felixstowe is our nearest candy floss and bucket and spade beach. Just thirty minutes along the A14, offers a real old fashioned sea side experience. Walk along the prom, eat fish and chips, make a sandcastle try your luck on the amusements or the fairground. The northern end of the beach has a tucked away atmosphere. There is plenty of car parking by the beach at Old Felixstowe (towards Felixstowe Ferry)
At the northern end of the town is the old Felixstowe Ferry. Here you can buy freshly caught fish and walk around the old boat yard, and watch the tide racing out of the mouth of the River Deben. It's a good place for crabbing from the jetty. There is a regular foot ferry across to Bawdsey where there's a charming little beach and tea rooms.
Frinton is just under an hour's drive through the lanes via Tendring and Thorpe Le Soken. There you'll find an immaculately clean sandy beaches, historic tree lined avenues, a long greensward and the Frinton summer theatre.The sea front is still lined by Victorian style beach huts. Often known for its numerous churches and lack of pubs (there is only one, which was given the go ahead in 2000), this is a quiet seaside town.
From canoes, windsurfers and dinghies at nearby Alton Water to a full size skippered sailing yacht, the Shotley peninsula is the perfect place to learn to sail or try something new.
River Stour Trust. Boat Trips Flatford/Dedham & Sudbury from Spring until end of October 01787313199
Orford River Trips www.orfordrivertrips.co.uk T 01394459984
Sailing Barge Victor Supper cruises, cream tea cruises. Departs The Old Custom House, Ipswich Dock and sails down the River Orwell passing Orwell View Barns! It is a wonderful trip. email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473258070
Closer to home there are a couple of shell bays, dotted with sea purslane just below Orwell View Barns.
With marinas at Shotley and Woolverstone the Orwell river presents good sailing opportunities.
Crabbing from the muddy creeks along the River Orwell - a particular favourite spot is Hare's Creek where 70 have been caught - see if you can beat our record!. Must be no more than 1 hour either side of high tide.