Take time to discover Arthur Ransome’s East Coast and experience the sights and sounds of the Essex and Suffolk landmark locations featured in his books We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea and Secret Water, the seventh and eighth titles in his classic Swallows and Amazons series.

Explore Pin Mill

The Suffolk hamlet of Pin Mill is the setting of the iconic opening scenes of We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Here you can stay in Alma Cottage, dine at the Butt and Oyster, and wander down to the very end of the Hard.

You can also see our Selina King Exhibition in the Pin Mill Studio.

Follow the Arthur Ransome Trail

You can walk the route of the Goblin in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea down the River Orwell from Pin Mill to Shotley Pier.

The Trail follows the Stour and Orwell Path and includes geocaches and information panels. Open and download the leaflet and map here.

Visit “Secret Water”

You can visit the setting for Secret Water in Goblin’s wake with a short sea sail to the Walton Backwaters down the East Coast from Harwich, or access parts of it by land from Kirby-le-Soken, near Walton-on-the-Naze.

More information is in the RYA’s guide to exploring the Walton Backwaters.

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