Freshly-baked cakes, for £1 per bag, make ideal energy-boosters for walkers from Harkstead heading for the shore of the Stour. (c) Amanda Groom
If after all that exercise and/or reflection, you find yourself in need of refreshment, the Shotley Peninsula is well-equipped with charming country pubs (including the Freston Boot, just named Suffolk Pub of the Year), cafes and restaurants.
On the move, and wanting to eat in a lovely spot later? The Suffolk Food Hall does a meal deal takeaway which includes their pies and Scotch eggs, plus tasty salads, all made on site, and a drink. Loch and Quay at Woolverstone Marina are adding an ice cream servery and barbecue to their all-day food offering; and the Sunshine Store at Pin Mill sells delicious homemade cakes.
Shotley Vineyard run Pizza in the Vines and Forage Walks with a Fork, and also sell coffee and cake – and of course, their own wine! (https://shotleyvineyard.co.uk/collections/upcoming-events). Down by the Shotley Pier (opening soon for promenaders) there’s a handy food truck at week-ends.
Don’t miss the Little Cake Stall, packed full of delicious homemade cakes, if you’re walking down to the shore from Harkstead. And in Stutton, the community shop is open daily for local produce, and the café at Alton Water stocks pre-cycle snacks.
Designated picnic sites can be found at Pin Mill, Shotley Heritage Park, and Alton Water.