In mid September we took the Wheelyboat round to Tidemill Yacht Harbour at Woodbridge and spent a couple of days doing trips around the River Deben. The trip round took us just over two hours and though a little bumpy in places, the Wheelyboat handled it all immaculately. Follow the link below to see our track round:
Once round we were hosted by Tidemill Yacht Harbour who kindly gave us access to all their excellent facilities. Their new pontoons provided ideal for loading and we were able to take a range of users on the water for two days. From the water, we had an excellent view of Woodbridge Tide Mill. There are records of a tide mill on the site from around 1170, but the current mill dates back to 1793. By the outbreak of World War II, it was one of just a handful of mills still operating and it finally closed in 1957. However, it has since been restored and is now managed by a charitable trust. It still regularly grinds grain producing wholemeal flour for resale.
We also went further up and down the river watching the racing at Waldringfield Sailing Club and having an explore up Martlesham Creek.
On the Saturday, we headed back and you can see our track back by following the link below.
The trip back marked a first for the Wheelyboat … We have never taken a bicycle to sea before and it performed excellently (even though it was just tied on!). The bike was for Alan Pawsey to get home once we got to Woolverstone.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped get the boat round there and back and crewed the trips while we were there. Thanks also to Tidemill Yacht Harbour for generously hosting us while there.
Select the images below to see some pictures of the trip.