Ever since the Vikings first landed at Shotley Peninsula and fought a battle at what became known as Bloody Point, visitors have been delighted by what the villages and inlets of this incredible Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.
From the Strand at Wherstead on the edge of Ipswich, meandering through Freston, Holbrook, Stutton, Harkstead, Erwarton, Woolverstone, Chelmondiston, Pin Mill, Shotley and Shotley Gate, the peninsula is filled with history, culture, art and amazing stories.
A new company, Shotley Peninsula Tours started by a former HMS ‘Ganges boy’, gives visitors the opportunity to explore this hidden jewel in Suffolk’s glittering treasure trove of countryside and coastline.
Shotley Peninsula Tours takes visitors on a journey to find out why Anne Boleyn left her heart in Erwarton; the reason for monkeys marking the entrance to a famous old house; what it was that inspired author Arthur Ransome; and why George Orwell took his name from the River Orwell.
Learn about the Royal Navy’s 150-year presence on the peninsula; visit the Ganges Museum; discover the connections royalty and celebrities such as Rudyard Kipling, Princess Muna al Hussein, King Harold, Griff Rhys Jones and Jimmy Doherty have with the area.
Photographers, bird-watchers, historians and those who just love exploring off the beaten track, will be enthralled at all this and lots more on a day-long tour.
See the Shotley Peninsula Tour itinerary. Or call 01473 787375 or 07824167196 for more details.