Felixstowe Ferry, a set on Flickr.
Two miles to the north of Felixstowe, on the mouth of the river Deben, sits the small hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry, so named after the small ferry that takes foot passengers across to Bawdsey on the other side of the estuary. Coastal erosion is a serious problem here and millions have been spent in the last decade on the sea walls to prevent this small community from being washed away. Its pub – The Ferryman – is an enduring favourite as is it’s café which serves up decent food at sensible prices. There is a small boat yard, a multitude of small yachts and boats anchored just up river, a Martello tower, a small shop (selling locally caught seafood) and a few spots for kids to do a bit of crabbing. All unspoilt and it rarely gets crowded (well not so on any of my trips there). Available from the same jetty as the ferry are boats offering trips up and down the Deben, while on the Bawdsey side is Bawdsey Manor, a top secret RAF research centre during WWII, that became one of Britain’s first radar stations.