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The Suffolk Riverbanks

The Suffolk Riverbanks

Boat trips cruising the sheltered river estuaries of Suffolk give access to the ancient fishing villages, waterside hamlets, wild-life rich wetlands and historic sites where time has stood still


Boat trips cruising the sheltered river estuaries of Suffolk give access to the ancient fishing villages, waterside hamlets, wild-life rich wetlands and historic sites where time has stood still

The river banks and villages of Suffolk have been made famous by two great artists – John Constable (born 1776) and Thomas Gainsborough (born 1726).  Here time has stood still despite modern farming practices and urban development.  The coastline of Suffolk is probably best viewed from the deck of a boat as the mosaic of reed beds and marshes makes the approach from land difficult. Fortunately there are plenty of boat trips cruising the sheltered waters of the river estuaries and giving access to ancient fishing villages, waterside hamlets, wildlife-rich wetlands and historic sites dating back before the Romans.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset to Sevenoaks, the quintessential English market town with a great variety of charming shops and cafes for lunch. Continue to Ufford Park this afternoon and after check-in enjoy dinner.

Tuesday - A visit to nearby Sutton Hoo, site of ancient Royal Anglo Saxon cemeteries found to contain an intact ship-burial and fabulous golden treasures. An exhibition tells of these early English people and their lives - you will marvel at the replica artifacts. Lunch is taken in Woodbridge, an historic riverside town - streets lined with traditional buildings lead to a waterfront with working tide mill. This afternoon board a 2 hour boat cruise on the River Deben - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with rich wildlife and history.

Wednesday - Enjoy the sights and scenes along the River Orwell as we join a 2½ hour boat cruise from Ipswich Quayside to Pin Mill, taking in the most beautiful wooded stretches of the river - regaled with tales of smugglers and the waterside scenes by the crew. This afternoon tour through Constable's unchanging countryside visiting East Bergholt, his birthplace. Later to Flatford Mill on the River Stour - the subject of his most famous painting.

Thursday - Visit Framlingham, a charming village with unique High Street leading to an historic castle (Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill") - stay for lunch. This afternoon to Snape Maltings, a centre of arts, crafts, shops and galleries set in a breath-taking expanse of reeds, water and sky. Join a 45 minute boat cruise from here on the River Alde - a tranquil journey revealing diverse wildlife such as Marsh Harriers, seals, wading birds, maybe even the elusive otter. Finally call into the seaside town of Aldeburgh - pastel coloured 19th century holiday villas line the promenade, and on the pebble beach fishermen still sell the daily catch from their huts.

Friday - Homeward bound with a stop in Reigate for lunch. Return to Dorset late afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Relax in style in the heart of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside: Come to Ufford Park and enjoy 4 star service and accommodation set in 120 acres of historic parkland. 90 spacious bedrooms provide private bathroom, many with balcony overlooking the parkland and hotel’s own golf course. All are equipped with toiletries, flat screen TV, phone, tea tray and wifi. The Park Restaurant offers a varied menu using local produce and enhances your meals with stunning views. There is a spacious bar and well furnished lounge in which to relax.  Make the most of spectacular leisure facilities which includes an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, gym, sauna, hair salon and beauty therapies. Lifts serve all floors. One of the top luxury venues in Suffolk!


TOUR PRICE: £475.00 Per Person

Single room supplement : £110.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Entry to Sutton Hoo, 3 x River Cruises, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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