Yesterday I thought I’d take a day trip across the water from Harwich to Felixstowe using the Harwich Harbour Ferry. I hadn’t been on it before and I wanted to put that right. I had a search online for their website and booked my ticket using their easy to use booking system.
You catch the ferry from the H’appeny Pier outside Quayside Court and it takes just 15 minutes to get to Felixstowe or 10 minutes to Shotley. The staff on board were very friendly and and it was glorious sunshine so it was a great start to the journey.
And we’re off
We set off, navigating our way past past the LV18 Lightship and the RNLI station which was great to see from the water. LV18 Lightship
The water was lovely and still as we crossed the river mouth and there were an abundance of pleasure craft of varying sizes which all appeared tiny in comparison to enormous container ships moored up at Felixstowe Port.
The foot ferry stops on the shingle beach at Felixstowe and you alight here. The crew are fantastic and very helpful getting passengers and bikes off.
There’s a lovely cafeteria nearby which I made a note of to stop for a drink on my way back. View Point Cafe
Languard Nature Reserve Felixstowe
I wanted to visit the Languard Nature reserve. It’s an important site of scientific interest with a beautiful shingle beach. I set off along the coastal path passing old abandoned buildings that once played an important role in protecting the coastline during times of war.
There was hardly anyone around with and with just a slight breeze for company, I strolled towards to the old derelict pier. A couple of people fishing were making the most of the glorious weather and the still water.
From the old pier I turned toward Felixstowe and enjoyed the perfect shingle beach stretched out in front of me. I was the only person walking along it and it was a beautiful sight.
To the left there is an area cordoned off from the public containing rare wild plants and nesting birds. It’s very important not to enter this area or stand for too long to minimise the impact on the wildlife. The plants and grasses are outstanding as is the beach and I was so pleased I had decided to venture over here for the afternoon.
Nestled in amongst the beautiful landscape is the old Languard Fort
I thought I’d pop in whilst I was here and I was glad I did. I could feel the sense of history as I walked in. The fort goes back some 450 years and it is in fabulous condition. A real credit to the team of volunteers who give up their time to help maintain it. It’s well worth a visit!
Time for a cuppa before the ferry home
I’d promised myself a rest at the View Point Cafe. It’s a great cafe with a fantastic view and a range of hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks etc. I had a muffin and a coffee and it was lovely. The staff were great too and the place was spotlessly clean. The all day breakfast looked pretty tempting and I made a mental note to come back and try one soon!
I’d booked online and had a return time of 3.30pm. I had given myself plenty of time and it was 2.30pm. I asked the Harwich Harbour Ferry crew if I could come back an hour early and that was no trouble at all. The return journey was just as good as the outward journey and once again the crew were great. I was back at the Ha’penny pier in no time at all.
It was great day out and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Harwich.
Next stop Shotley!
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