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Beth Chatto & The Ha'Penny Pier

A view of a garden

This day is a real tonic.

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We visit the beautiful estuary of The Stour, where Essex meets Suffolk, journeying from England's smallest town to the sea by the Ha'Penny Pier in Old Harwich. In the afternoon we examine the seaside heritage of Essex en route to The Beth Chatto Gardens.


We begin at 10.30am at an old thatched pub in beautiful East Bergholt for morning coffee (included) before following the River Stour off the beaten track The Witch Finder General Matthew Hopkins and Margaret Thatcher both worked in the little river port of Manningtree.


The river flows into the sea at Old Harwich where the street pattern is still mediaeval and the atmosphere seafaring. We see some fine captains houses and a unique treadmill crane, hearing about Captain Christopher Jones of the Mayflower and Lighthouse Lil, a lady of questionable virtue! Old Harwich is great to explore with lots of lunch options. Crab sandwiches on the pier anyone?


This afternoon we visit Beth Chatto gardens. Beth Chatto was her generation's Gertrude Jekyll. She pioneered "ecological gardening" -a gravel garden, cleverly planted to resemble a dried up river bed and filled with drought resistant plants has never been watered.


Elsewhere lush, leafy plants surround four spring-fed ponds beneath a backdrop of ancient oaks and ornamental trees.


There is a nursery on site for the green fingered and a tea house to round off a great day out.


Approximate Timings

1030 coffee and biscuits in East Bergholt

Guided coach tour

1245 Old Hawrich free time for lunch

1430 Arrive Beth Chatto

1645 Depart Beth Chatto

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £7.00 per day.Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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