The Shotley Peninsula
The narrow sandy beach bordering the River Orwell is only 600 yards from the house and easily reached by a footpath. The River Stour is about twice that distance in the opposite direction. An extensive network of footpaths cover the Shotley Peninsula providing easy walking and tranquil waterside views.
The Stour shore is a RSPB reserve to protect local birdlife. Both rivers provide habitat and breeding areas for Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank and in 2002, Avocets. The Phragmite reed beds of Shotley March, which is an SSSI, is ideal nesting ground for Warblers, Reed Bunting, Tufted Duck and, of course, Moorhens and Coots. Migratory visitors include March Harrier, Osprey, Little Tern and Ruff.
Alton Water (approximately 8 miles away) is another venue for keen bird-watchers.
A short drive will take you to Pin Mill where the peaceful view from the waterside pub is of traditional sailing barges and fishing smacks. We are also only a short drive away from Dedham, Flatford Mill and East Bergholt, made famous by the paintings of John Constable.
If a stroll to the pub is your idea of relaxation, our local is about ten minutes away. From here you can watch enormous ships docking at Harwich across the water whilst you sip a pint or eat an excellent meal.
For photographs and more information, click on our other page: Local Scenery.
For more information Ordnance Survey sell detailed maps of the area (www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk) and many of their maps cover interesting sites in detail. For example specific maps include: OS Explorer 197, OS Landranger 169, and OS Travel Map - Tour Suffolk. These will help you make the most of your holiday.
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