Sunday A nice easy start and once you have enjoyed your breakfast, we make our way to Clare, a lovely Suffolk town on the banks of the river Stour. Here we find the Platform 1 Café situated in the grounds of the Clare Castle Country Park, as the name suggests it’s the 1865 bookings hall of Clare railway station. We enjoy a morning tea/coffee and cake (included of course!) as well as a model railway and the beautiful grounds of the park. Next, we head off to the Colne Valley Railway where we find a model, miniature and standard gauge railway, woodland walks and much more. We must press on as the East Anglian Railway awaits our arrival, conveniently situated at the Chappel & Wakes Colne Railway Station. Once we have had our fill, we simply rail back to Ipswich via Marks Tey.
Monday Last but by no means least we start things off with a rail journey to Harwich which includes the 11-mile-long branch line from Manningtree. At Harwich it’s time to find our sea legs (well, river legs really!!) as a two-hour boat trip on the Orwell lady awaits. Lunch is included and will be enjoyed as we make our way up the River Orwell back into Ipswich – splendid don’t you think? Homeward bound from Ipswich mid-afternoon. What a belter!