13 Feb

Especially enjoyable on a warm summer’s day, this fantastic Suffolk coastal route makes for a great day out – including 2 places plus a ferry ride to experience.

Get off the number 173 bus or park at the Pay & Display car park on Cliff Road.

With car park on your right-hand side, continue towards the beach and follow for around 1.5 miles. Along the way you’ll pass the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club and 2 Martello towers, plus you’ll also already be able to catch a glimpse of beautiful Bawdsey Manor in the distance. You’ll then arrive at the Ferry Boat Inn, where you can choose from a menu of delicious food (including locally caught, fresh fish) and have a well-deserved drink. A wine and ale costs around £7. We sat in the garden, that provides shelter from the cool sea breeze, and had the pleasure of a small bird frequently come to see us – think he was after some lunch too!

Go down Ferry Road until you reach the ferry crossing to Bawdsey. Ferry costs £5 return – dogs get on for free. Whilst waiting, you’ll probably see small and ‘big kids’ alike, having a friendly competition as to who can catch the biggest crab. My puppy had great fun trying to steal the bacon they were using as bait!

Once at Bawdsey, grab an ice-cream or just turn right and explore the shingle beach beyond. Be aware of the tide, however, as it comes in fast and you may end up stranded! The sea creates pools around the beach – here my puppy had his first swimming lesson. You’ll also have lovely views back across River Deben to Old Felixstowe whilst watching the boats of all shapes and sizes come and go. If you’re lucky, like I was, on a quiet day you may even get a bit of coast all to yourself to sit and soak up the sun or enjoy a peaceful picnic.

What you can do next:

1) Head back to the ferry landing – ask captain about times/last return trip

2) Savour some homemade food at The Boathouse Café, The Quay, Bawdsey

3) Try sailing, kayaking or power-boating at Bawdsey Quay Watersports

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