Brightlingsea to The Butt and Oyster in the River Orwell. Sailing around Britain 2014

Date posted: 19 May 2014

Day 25, Monday the 19th May. A 6am start saw us leaving our anchorage at Pyefleet Creek, we had to make sure that we did not cut across the Colne Bar sand bank, before heading north. But as you can see by the weather chart we didn’t have much wind for the first couple of hours, but once we were round into the mouth of the Orwell, we were able to put out the sails even using our little cruising chute as we glided towards the Butt and Oyster further up the river.

We flew cruising chute out for the first time this season.

As you can see by the scale on the weather chart, there really was no wind!

As you can see by the scale on the weather chart, there really was no wind!

The sail was uneventful we passed Clacton on Sea, Great Holland, Walton-On-The-Naze, the river Orwell is fabulous, no wonder its called Constable Country, the scenery is inspiring. We are now in Suffolk, we have passed through, the English Channel, the Dover Straits and are heading into the North Sea.

The scenery we glided past was breathtaking in the river Orwell

The scenery we glided past was breathtaking in the river Orwell

We moored up at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, and then walked to the Butt and Oyster Public House, just a mile across a few fields.

We loved these wild meadows

We loved these wild meadows

We both ordered pints and sea food dishes and moved outside to enjoy the view whilst we were eating. We had just finished when we were hailed by ‘Your a long way from Fowey’, low and behold it was Brian and Barbara from North Fambridge.

Viv and Barbara from North Fambridge 'fancy meeting you here'

Viv and Barbara from North Fambridge ‘fancy meeting you here’

They had been out with friends Phil and Nick and where calling into the Butt and Oyster for lunch. What can I say….it all went downhill from there! We had a very enjoyable afternoon at the pub, wobbled back to the boat, and the rest of the days been a wipe out.

Butt and Oyster PH, apparently on really high tides the landlord serves from the river windows!

Butt and Oyster PH, apparently on really high tides the landlord serves from the river windows!

 

So you will have to excuse my short blog, but a picture tells a thousand stories…. so have a look at the ones below! ( I blame the Cyder at the Butt and Oyster….why ever do they serve such a drink!)

Just testing the Aspall Cyder

Just testing the Aspall Cyder

On our way back from the Butt and Oyster on the Orwell

On our way back from the Butt and Oyster on the Orwell

 

 

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