Woodbridge – A lovely market town

woodbridge_th_1650Woodbridge is a little town with a big personality where you will find plenty to see and do.

The Waterfront and quayside is a colourful mix of vessels from barges to sailing yachts presided over by the towns iconic Tidemill.

There has been a mill on the quay at Woodbridge for over 800 years. The present building dates back to 1793 and is one of only 5 tide mills left in Britain only two of which, including Woodbridge, are in working order.  At 40 foot high the white clapperboard mill makes an imposing site overlooking the gentle waters of the Deben.  In 2008 Woodbridge Tidemill was adopted as a symbol of the town and has become synonymous with the area and the river ever since.

There are some wonderful walks along the river bank. Head north and follow the river to Wilford Bridge which is as far as you can go in a sailing boat, but step into a canoe and you can continue for about a mile on tranquil waters through reedbeds and meadows.

Follow the river south and the path takes you to Kyson Hill which is owned by the National Trust. There is a boatshed and slipway at Kyson point and the path turns right here to run along side Martlesham Creek. It is a lovely walk to the end of the creek where the tidal waters meet the fresh water of the River Fynn.

Where ever you walk along the Deben you are likely to  see a huge range of wading birds and even the occasional seal. Watch out too for the swans along the river wall and the turnstones which are very tame and fun to watch at low tide.

The quayside is only a short stroll from the town centre and is within easy reach of some great local restaurants and cafes. We particularly love the Riverside www.theriverside.co.uk for its tapas at lunch time or its great evening meals. You can even combine food and a film for a great night out.

Woodbridge Thoroughfare has some lovely independent shops from gifts to clothing, a couple of really good bookshops, a cookshop, several art galleries and the usual national names including Joules, Rohan, Fat Face and Seasalt.

Woodbridge also boasts some lovely parks, a model boating lake, a working windmill, plenty of history, a museum and the National Trust site of Sutton Hoo is just across the river.

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