Tidal rivers are magical places. At low tide meandering streams cross shining mudflats. At high tide vast expanses of water reflect the changing light of wide skies. We visit two of the most beautiful tidal rivers in East Anglia beginning with time to buy morning coffee at a farm overlooking the River Orwell and mix sightseeing from the coach and a visit to the ancient heart of Ipswich with an afternoon tea cruise on the Deben.
Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at The Suffolk Food Hall on a working farm with breathtaking views over the River Orwell. Once famous for the Suffolk Trinity of pedigree Punch horses, Suffolk sheep and Red Poll cattle, today the farm is a showcase for local foods.
We drive across the Orwell Bridge to one of our oldest towns. The Saxon port of Ipswich was part of Kingdom of East Anglia, whose 7th century King was probably the man laid to rest at Sutton Hoo. In a ten-minute flat walk we’ll show you some Ipswich gems including the incredible cake-icing exterior of the Ancient House on the Buttermarket before breaking for free time for lunch.
In the afternoon we take a ninety-minute cruise on the River Deben. Tea and a scone with butter and jam is included (no cream today - good for your waistline).
We return to the quay where your coach will be waiting to head home by 4.45pm.