Shotley Peninsula 
Part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with the River Orwell to the north and the River Stour to the south there is a lot of shoreline to explore, on foot, on two wheels or four. Shotley has a museum in the Marina, close to the site of former HMS Ganges,once a Royal Navy training base it has some interesting exhibits and tells the story of the base.

From Shotley, consider taking the foot ferry (summer months only) to Harwich, the birthplace of Christopher Jones, Master of the Mayflower which carried the first Pilgrim Fathers to  Massachusetts in 1620.

Pin Mill
The river at Pin Mill must be one of the most popular subjects on the English coast for artists. A very picturesque spot worth a visit at any time of the year. Arthur Ransome author, lived close to the 'Butt' and used the river as his setting for the Swallows & Amazons book 'We didn't mean to go to sea'. Butt and Oyster, great pub right by the river, ideal after a walk or cycle ride.

Red Lion Restaurant/Pub on the main road in Chelmondiston, perfect for lunch or dinner; beautifully cooked food with an exceptionally good fish choice at very reasonable prices.
Heading west and almost in the shadow of the Orwell Bridge is the Suffolk Food Hall for some light retail therapy, refreshments and great views up and down the Orwell.


Alton Water
"Alton Water Park is the largest area of inland water in Suffolk. For those interested in wildlife, Alton Water Park hosts a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. New conservation zones and bird hides have been established to increase biodiversity with the help of local conservation volunteers."
Activities include an eight-mile cycle route. Fishing is also available with bream and pike the most popular quarry. The Watersports Centre provides excellent sailing, windsurfing or diving facilities." www.altonwater.co.uk

Jimmy's Farm
Approximately 2 miles from our B&B, you will find Jimmy's Farm, as seen on TV, there are numerous activities throughout the year, plus shops, a restaurant and nature trail. www.jimmysfarms.com

Beyond the Peninsula
Stretching north from Felixstowe to Southwold, the Suffolk Coast has miles of Heritage Coast set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with beautiful beaches, scenic countryside and charming market towns and villages. Great places to visit include Woodbridge, Southwold Pier and Promenade (as seen in Little Britain) Snape Maltings & Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, try the seafood and fish and definitely the chips!

Inland
Suffolk is a tranquil and relaxed county is characterised by ancient market towns, rolling farmland, villages of thatched, colour-washed cottages and historic churches. Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Long Melford, Kersey, Clare, Sudbury, Framlingham, Thorpeness, Walberswick, Sutton Ho, RSPB Minsmere.  
A 10 minute drive south is the famous Constable country which includes Dedham and Flatford Mill (The Haywain), The Munnings Museum in Dedham. Manningtree and Mistley birthplace of Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General.




Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley
The characteristic lowland English landscape on the Suffolk-Essex border, made famous worldwide by artists, is still as recognisable 
today as it was when painted by Constable and Gainsborough. 
The charm of the villages, fascinating local attractions and beauty
of the surrounding countryside mean there’s no shortage of places
to go and things to see.

Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife combine to create
 what many describe as the traditional English lowland landscape. Because much of East Anglia's traditional grasslands have 
already been drained and ploughed for arable farming, the 
hedgerows and wildflower meadows of the Dedham Vale AONB
 are among some of England's most precious and vulnerable 
pastoral landscapes. www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org 

There is also a “Hop on, Hop off” bus service for the area during summer months, with a hop on stop at the Brantham Bull.