Nestled between the rivers Orwell and Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border, Shotley is a picturesque village only 9 miles from Ipswich. Shotley's history goes back to the time of the Ancient Britons with Vikings invading and battles being fought on the rivers Stour and Orwell, the most famous being when King Alfred, while he wasn’t burning cakes, saw off piratical invaders from what is still called Bloody Point
The Shotley Peninsular
Nestled between the rivers Orwell and Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border, Shotley is a picturesque village only 9 miles from Ipswich. Shotley’s history goes back to the time of the Ancient Britons with Vikings invading and battles being fought on the rivers Stour and Orwell, the most famous being when King Alfred, while he wasn’t burning cakes, saw off piratical invaders from what is still called Bloody Point. A Viking longboat makes up part of the primary school logo. The Romans came and went, however archaeological digs still unearth interesting remains today.
The spectacular views alone make Shotley a marvellous destination, then, if you add to this the history and culture gained from its two war cemeteries at St. Mary’s Church which are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the HMS Ganges museum at Shotley Marina, you then have an interesting area to explore, you could even take the foot ferry across to Harwich then over to Felixstowe for a visit to Languard Fort.
Doomsday Book Entry 1086
Whether you love to discover the great outdoors, explore beautiful riverside walks, sample some delicious local produce the Shotley peninsular has it all. Shotley Peninsula’s name is taken from the Parish of Shotley which can be found at the south-eastern tip of the peninsula where the River Orwell meets the River Stour before going out to sea. There are two entries listed in the Doomsday book of 1086 – Shotley (Scoteleia) and an adjacent settlement of Kirkton (Cherchetuna).
Shotley’s flat and peaceful landscape makes it a wonderful place to go walking with an abundance of well-marked trails that take you across the breadth of the peninsula from river Orwell to the river Stour. Footpaths, resting spots, viewing points and other facilities are all well signposted and maintained, so you can wander through the unspoilt countryside and take in the magnificent views over the Rivers Orwell and Stour. which are simply breath-taking.
Driving through Chelmondiston, a pretty village with a variety of local shops, and on to Pin Mill where the pub “The Butt and Oyster” has a great riverside setting where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Stutton is another peaceful traditional village situated in and surrounded by farming country, Close to which lies the Alton Water Reservoir which is popular for windsurfing and sailing.
The village of Freston is also located right on the River Orwell on the Shotley Peninsula and Freston’s most famous landmark is the Freston Tower, a six storey Tudor folly that looks out over the Orwell.
Suffolk Food Hall
A must before leaving the area is a visit to the award-winning Suffolk Food Hall! The food hall offers a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, sustainably caught fish and locally-reared meat and poultry and there is a kitchen store, garden centre and onsite restaurant with views over the river.
This area of outstanding natural beauty offers perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy a break from the daily routine, with many quaint towns and villages to explore, you’ll find something for everyone in this beautiful part of Suffolk.
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All in all a fantastic day out!