To the north of Felixstowe is the tiny fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry. Set at the mouth of the river Deben, the village has a timeless atmosphere with its collection of residences, shacks and houseboats, alongside a pub, church, fresh fish for sale, boatyard and sailing club.
Walking along the sea wall at Felixstowe Ferry you can see Bawdsey Manor across the river. Built in the 1880's, it was sold to the Air Ministry in 1936 becoming a secret WWII facility and where Sir Robert Watson-Watt developed radar. You will also come across two of Felixstowe’s Martello Towers built between 1805 and 1812 to repel a possible invasion by Napoleon's forces
There are many interesting walks along this stretch of the coast and it’s an ideal spot for birdwatching. One of the routes you can do follows along the estuary of the river Deben and beside the King's Fleet, a peaceful stream that takes its name from the fleet of ships assembled here by Edward III to sail to France to claim the crown in 1338. The King's Fleet is no longer navigable but back in the 13th C. it was regularly used by trading ships.
A foot and bicycle ferry runs between Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey. Daily service from May to September, weekends only in October. 1000-1700. Weather permitting. 01394 282173/07709 411511. www.felixstoweboats.co.uk