The village of Bawdsey in Suffolk is sited at the end of
a long road at the mouth of the River Deben. Although
slightly remote, the village attracts the holiday
visitor because of its location to the waters edge and
its wonderful views out across the estuary.
Bawdsey is very much a place to go to get away
from it all.
There are an extensive network of cycle paths and
walkways amongst the pine forests and heathland of the
Bawdsey Peninsula and a small passenger and cycle ferry
(seasonal) links the village to Old Felixstowe.
A ferry has run from here since 1200AD
interrupted only during plague, piracy or war. The ferry
was for passengers only, in days past, their horses had
to swim the river! Bawdsey has a local shop and a local
pub/inn. Across the waters at Old Felixstowe are a
further two pubs and you can also enjoy fresh fish
caught locally and sold on the beach.
Bawdsey Manor, which can be seen as you walk from Old
Felixstow is located high above the Deben estuary it was
built around 1886 by Sir Cuthbert
Quilter. Built in what is described as
Gothic, Flemish, Tudor and oriental style it sits in a
setting of woodland, artificial cliffs and formal
gardens. In 1936 it was purchased by the Air Ministry
and played a central role in the work done by Sir.
Robert Watson-Watts on Radar, that was developed just
before World War II.
Visit the burial site of the
Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia, owned by the National
Trust - Sutton Hoo, close to the riverside town of Woodbridge.