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Car-free toThe Shotley PeninsulaSuffolk

Discover a salty slice of Suffolk, beginning with a scenic bus ride by the water, offering spectacular views of the Orwell estuary. It’s great countryside for strolling including the long-distance Stour and Orwell Walk. Soak up maritime heritage in Shotley Gate and Harwich (seven minutes away by boat). Sample local food and drink at various pubs and the Suffolk Food Hall along the way.

  • County: Suffolk
  • Great for: local food | pub | seaside | walking | Walks |
  • Refreshments: Waterside pub and Suffolk Food Hall
  • Please note: researched/updated October 2017. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Catch the little yellow ferry to Harwich

    Just seven minutes across the water from Shotley marina, the long sands and colourful beach huts of Harwich beckon.

    • The ferry costs £7 return and runs hourly with a break for lunch.
    • You can visit the lighthouses, pier and huge fort museum or just have tea somewhere.
    • For more car-free adventures in the area, see our guide to Harwich
    • From here, you could choose to get a direct train towards London. Without a car, you don’t have to return the way you came!
  1. 4. Take a scenic bus ride back

    The bus from Ipswich to Shotley and back runs beside the River Orwell

    • Erwarton Hall near Shotley has an extraordinary brick gateway with turrets. Get off at Erwarton Turn and stroll down the Street to see this and some great countryside beyond.
    • Look out for 18th-century Wolverstone Hall near Chelmondiston – a Palladian mansion framed by a leafy drive.
  1. 5. Relax at the Suffolk Food Hall

    As the bus goes under the spectacular Orwell Bridge, you can get off to eat or shop at the Suffolk Food Hall

    • You’ll find beef from Red Poll cattle, artisanal sourdough from the bakery, local fish, fruit and veg, wines from Dedham Vale, and a delicatessen counter selling pies, quiches, cured meats and cheeses.
    • Stop off on the way out for a picnic and morning coffee in the café or on the way home for souvenirs and tea…
    • The Cookhouse restaurant serves full meals until 5pm and is open late on Fridays and Saturdays.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!