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Day Trail Guide - Shotley Peninsula

The Shotley Peninsula is a secret rural haven between the large towns of Ipswich and Colchester, a finger of land between the Stour and Orwell estuaries that offers fantastic cycling on very quiet lanes with some fabulous coastal views and lots to interest birdwatchers and boatwatchers.

The trail guide provides options to ride between 15 and 50 miles according to fitness and time availability. The route uses quiet country lanes, with no A roads and minimal use of B roads. Alternatively you can elect to use off-road tracks and bridleways for up to half of the route.


The itinerary for all 4 versions of the trail includes:

- a beautiful offroad trail along the shores of Alton Water.

- following the Stour Estuary coastline past picturesque Holbrook Creek.

- a visit to Pin Mill to see the houseboats and marine boatyards on the Orwell Estuary.

- peaceful country lanes around Erwarton, noted for the gothic gateway to Erwarton Hall, and a casket in St Mary's Church reputed to hold the heart of Anne Boleyn.

Longer versions of the trail also include some or all of the following:

- a close up view of the graceful curves of the Orwell Bridge.

- a quiet trail along the banks of the Orwell Estuary to the very tip of the peninsula at Shotley, where you can watch huge container ships at Felixstowe Port from a safe distance across the bay.

- a cycle (and occasional walk) along the varied shoreline, salt-marshes and beaches of the upper Stour Estuary.



This trail guide is available free of charge when you hire a bike from Coolpedals.

It's also available for online purchase, in a range of digital and hardcopy formats, via the button below.


PRICING Format Format Format
Trail Version Bronze Silver / Silver GPS Gold / Gold GPS
Beginner £1.75 £3.75 £11.75 (OS Explorer 197)
Occasional Rider £2.00 £4.50 £12.50 (OS Explorer 197)
Regular Rider £2.25 £5.25 £13.25 (OS Explorer 197)
Energetic Rider £2.50 £6.00 £14.00 (OS Explorer 197)



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