With views from up high on a double decker bus, price one of the best ways to see some of the Shotley Peninsula sights is by using public transport. The 202 and 98 bus service to Shotley leave from the Cattle Market in Ipswich and from the train station, health while the number 92 leaves the town and heads to Manningtree.
More often than not, the 202 is a double decker bus affording great views all along Wherstead Road and on to the B1456. Take in the breath-taking scenery with a view down the River Orwell as far as Felixstowe, as you trundle under the Orwell bridge and pass the red poll grazing in front of the Suffolk Food Hall on the right.
Take note of the gatehouse, guarded by stone monkeys, on Freston Hill and peek through the woods to catch a glimpse of Freston Tower on the left. The bus stops at Woolverstone where you can wander down to the marina, and passes the majestic Woolverstone Hall, former home of the Berners family and now Ipswich High School for Girls.
Once in Chelmondiston, alight from the bus opposite the Michelin recommended Red Lion, and take the relatively short stroll down to Pin Mill for fish and chips at the Butt and Oyster. An alternative lunch venue is The Shotley Rose, in the next village along from Chelmondiston, after which you could take a walk down to the church and the Commonwealth war graves and stroll along the river.
Further on is Shotley Gate with the Bristol Arms on the left, or Heritage Woods along the river front on the right. If you go left and walk along the promenade, then you can see Harwich and Dovercourt with the huge passenger ships across the River Stour and a bit further along you might see the colossal cargo ships being loaded at Felixstowe docks.
Although the 98 bus also ends up at Shotley, it veers off at Freston and goes through Holbrook, before cutting through the back road to Harkstead and Erwarton, with lovely views now and again across the River Stour.
Watch out for the alpacas gazing and admire the well-maintained driveways to Erwarton Hall, which captured Queen Anne’s heart.
The 92 is also quite often a double decker and takes you along the beautiful Strand before going through Holbrook, passing the Royal Hospital School on the left. The main entrance to Alton Water Park is on the right just before Stutton, a lovely village in its own right.
Disembark at the Brantham Bull for fabulous food and stunning scenery before going on to Cattawade, or meander through East Bergholt before arriving at Manningtree Station to catch your train or bus home.
For bus timetables and further information please visit www.suffolkonboard.com or call 0800 919390.
For train timetables to and from Manningtree Stations, please visit www.thetrainline.com