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Main Road, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1DXView on map
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Beautiful Shotley Peninsula is just south of Ipswich, with the two tidal rivers creating a sheltered seaside feel. River Orwell and Stour are close to the site with tiny sandy beaches, shingle and mud flats. Walking and cycling are very popular here, with waterside restaurants and pubs.
Redlands CL is tucked away just behind the centre of Chelmondiston, easy to find just off the B1456, yet secluded and peaceful. You will be in walking distance from the shops and bus stop. Children and pets are welcome.
We are a family run site, site manager Caroline lives next door to the pitches. Our site is level, well maintained, with regularly mown grass. You will see birds such as green woodpeckers and buzzards, rabbits, deer. Each grass pitch has its own 10 amp electric hook up point. There is a freshwater standpipe and waste disposal. If you prefer really firm hard standing, we have portable load spreaders to borrow. There are no toilets or showers.
You are welcome to enjoy our private 4 acre woodland paths and wildlife, with a gated exit onto the public footpath network. Nearby woods are owned by the National Trust, and miles of public footpaths go without crossing a road.
Chelmondiston has a play park with play equipment and a zipwire for children. Village shops include a Chinese takeaway, a newspaper shop, a local butcher and general stores who also sells Calor Gas.
Pin Mill is 1.3 miles away, on the shore of the tidal River Orwell. You can stroll across fields to get there or go down Pin Mill Lane. It has quaint houseboats and a boatyard. Dinghies and other boats use the river here. The famous Butt and Oyster pub is open all day. It's also the starting point of the adventures of Arthur Ransome novel, "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea". The tidal foreshore is a muddy heaven for children, so bring wellies or jelly shoes so they can enjoy messing about in the shallow water. Pinmill Common has a play and picnic area, and café.
Shotley Gate is a bus ride or 5 mile drive away, with a small sandy beach, mudflats, marina and docks to enjoy looking at. There is a foot ferry to Harwich and Felixstowe and seal watching trips down the coast. The Shipwreck restaurant has a laundrette and plenty of outdoor space for children to run about.
The Royal Navy HMS Ganges Museum is run by volunteers dedicated to the former base, children love looking at the quirky displays, which include HMS Ganges ship's figurehead "Indian Prince" as well as activities.
Landguard Fort is fun to explore and you can get there on a foot ferry across the river or drive to Felixstowe by land Jimmy's Farm and wildlife park, owned by TV personality Jimmy Doherty, is only 5 miles away.
Suffolk Foodhall has a café with a bouncy pillow for children to enjoy while parents enjoy the river views.
Latest arrival time: 9:00 PM
Latest departure time: 11:00 AM
Minimum stay 2 nights (applies weekends)
Electric amperage: 10
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- IP9 1DX
- Lat 51.989298 / Lon 1.206808
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- Bus stop within 1 mile
- Buses go to: Ipswich, Shotley Gate
- Daily public transport within 1 mile
- Nearest port: Harwich (22.5 miles)
- Nearest train station: Ipswich
- Train station within 5 miles
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