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Walks around Pin Mill in Suffolk

Date : Tuesday to Friday, 2nd to the 6th August 2010.

Location of Start :Pin Mill Village, on the River Orwell near Ipswich, Uk ( Map Ref: TM 206 380 )

Places visited : Woolverstone Marina, Pin Mill and The Clamp.

Walk details : Three shorter walks in and around the village.

Walked with : Cathy and Richard, Sam and Alexander, Ann and the dogs, Saffie, Theo, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Variable, but warmer and sunnier than Cumbria over recent weeks.



Pin Mill Walks at EveryTrail




A few days away with family in Pin Mill.

We drove down to Suffolk to visit the rest of the grandchildren who didn't come up to visit us in Cumbria and walk Scafell Pike recently.

Cathy and Richard have a home in this delightful village, on the banks of the River Orwell,

which has a riverside pub, boats, sailing, local walks and real character.

What more could you want for a short holiday away from home.

It looks like a Constable Painting but is actually a real photo from the first full day we were there.

This is Pin Mill, complete with Thames Barges and the Butt and Oyster Pub, at the road end.

It's high tide, the water laps on the front steps of the pub and all the boats are afloat.

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Whilst we were there we had several local walks

which I have drawn together on this page.

The dry and sunny weather has brought the grain on to a position where it is ready for harvesting.

The public footpath along the riverside passes through the field and the crops have not grown due to the compacted soil.

A close up of the wheat grains.

On the edge of the path a few wild flowers have taken hold.

The centre one is obviously a fine red poppy.

It has a hover fly visitor too !

Earlier flowering poppies have matured to pods in the background.

Across the fields, the Ipswich Girls College.

The boat before the start of renovations

Down by the side of the river, an old barge.

[ Hold your cursor over the picture to see the boat on our last visit ]

Recent neglect has made it look rather sad

but obviously someone has taken on the task of renovation and hopefully it should be restored to good condition shortly.

Woolverstone Marina has two additional guests today.

Despite their clawed feet, that slipway was still rather slippery and running about was not an option for any of us.

A view of the River Orwell Bridge

taking the A14 Ipswich road high across the river and across to the port of Felixstowe on the coast.

Four of the many boats moored up at the marina.

Alexander climbs the Sea Serpent Tree

On the way back, Alexander found a Sea Serpent tree to climb.

[ Move your cursor over the photo to see him more clearly]

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Ann and I had several other walks around the village.

These photos reflect Pin Mill as the sunshine and the tides came and went.

High tide across King's old pontoon and across to the red painted Thames Barge Melissa.

Another barge, this one is the Betula.
The Melissa again with a darker sky behind.

Pin Mill has a community of houseboats moored up just downstream from the pub.

This barge has been converted to a rather fine house boat . . .

. . . with a hanging garden and shed on the boardwalk across to it.

A rather incongruous ex-military amphibious vehicle on the foreshore close by.

It obviously provides a mobile working platform for working on boats irrespective of the state of the tide.

The Butt and Oyster Pub, lapped by the tide twice a day.

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On Thursday, while Richard and I went sailing,

Ann and the others had a walk alongside the river, downstream this time towards a house known as The Clamp.

Crossing behind the boat yard . . .
. . . and out onto the farmland.

Sam and his younger brother Alexander try for a few photos of their own.

The lower reaches of the River Orwell across to the Levington Marina on the other side.

Theo and Saffie with Cathy.

Alexander . . . bowman
. . . and photographer.

Fields of cereals and potatoes beyond.

On the way back Saffie ( and Harry ) founds a rather muddy dyke

and ventured in for a muddy romp.

Fortunately there was a clear water pool close by and normal colour was soon restored.

Back to the Green in the village where the many small boats are stored.

These are mostly tenders that people use to row out to bigger boats moored out in the river.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . A pint of Adnam's Ales and an evening meal at the pub.

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