WALKING - CYCLING (BIKE HIRE) - SAILING - HORSE RIDING - FISHING
There are some lovely walks from the house taking in local country pubs - maps are in the house.
Further afield you have the Suffolk coastline and wider AONB.
The AONB has 3 long distance walks;
- The Suffolk Coast Path
- The Stour and Orwell Walk
- The Sandlings Walk
Explorer maps 197, 212, and 231 cover the coast and heaths AONB area, and show the above routes and all Rights of Way, including Open Access Land.
BIKE HIRE - from www.outdoorhirecentres.com/east-bergholt - Tel 01206 700 707
From approx £10 per day per bike - Free delivery and collection over certain price.
The perfect local area to cycle from the house.
Spend all day on quiet country lanes hardly ever seeing a motor vehicle. Take a picnic or plan your route via one of our many country pubs, while enjoying the glorious views of one of England's flattest counties. Perfect for beginners, and ideal for families.
For experts or the more adventurous just google "Suffolk Cycle Routes" and you will see a number of options including the following National Cycle Routes;
- Route 1 (North Sea Cycle Route) between Langham & Loddon, Ipswich, Halesworth & Beccles.
- Route 13 between Bures and Thompson via Sudbury, Bury and Thetford.
- Route 30 between Brandon and Lowestoft via Thetford, Harleston and Beccles
- Route 51 between Bury and Felixstowe via Ipswich.
Also look up the Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route which covers the whole Suffolk coastline.
There is ample secure bike storage in the Old Drift House garage, and we keep a basic repair kit and tools in the shed.
"On yer bike."
There are 3 sailing schools near Ipswich about 30 minutes from the house on the River Orwell leading into the North Sea.
- East Anglia Sea School Ltd at Leavington Marina - 01473 659992
- Britannia Sailing at Shotley Marina near Ipswich - 01473 787019
- Viking Mariners at Haven Marina in Ipswich - 01394 421209
There are also a large number of Sailing Clubs, including Deben Yacht Club, Orford Sailing Club, Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Waldringfield Sailing Club, Bawdsey Quay, Pin Mill Sailing Club, and so on.
All these clubs have their own websites, but you can discuss your requirements with the Owners who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Copdock Riding Centre is the nearest riding school to Old Drift House, at Mace Green Stud Farm, Wenham Road, Ipswich, IP8 3EY - 01473 730678.
They offer lessons for all ages and abilities, and it is advisable to ring before planning a visit.
Suffolk Water Park - 01473 832327 -www.suffolkwaterpark.co.uk. (20 mins from Old Drift House)
Provides anglers with 9 fishing lakes within beautiful, quiet and rural surroundings in acres of panoramic countryside near Bramford village. Day tickets and overnight fishing 7 days a week from 7am. (satnav IP8 4JS).
Hintlesham Fisheries - 01473 652007 - www.carpuk.co.uk. (10 mins from Old Drift House).
Peaceful quiet fishing in 4 well-stocked lakes. Carp 30lbs plus, tench 9lbs up, and cat fish 20lbs plus. Well set out with a choice of 16 swims, 8 with direct access to the road, and suitable for the disabled. (satnav IP8 3EG).