Shotley is about nine miles to the south of Ipswich, Suffolk’s county town. It lies at the southern tip of the Shotley Peninsula, which itself lies in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Shotley is steeped in Naval history as it was home to some 150,000 naval ratings who trained at the dry ship HMS Ganges until 1976, when the Naval base closed. The HMS Ganges Association Museum is located at the Shotley Marina with a vast collection of information, photographs and navy and artefacts.
Shotley is soon to be a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ designated village. For more information about what this means for visitors and to download some walks leaflets, please visit the Shotley Open Spaces community website.
Image: Holme Oak at Bristol Hill picnic area, Shotley, Suffolk