Bawdsey is bounded on the west by the River Deben, accessible at Bawdsey Quay, and on the east by the North Sea, which can be reached from the Quay, via East Lane or at Shingle Street. Our location is great for recreation, but also means that coastal protection is a constant concern.


At Bawdsey Quay you can visit the Boathouse Cafe or take the ferry across to Felixstowe Ferry. There is a coastal path between East Lane and Shingle Street. (Walking route).


The Deben is popular with yachtsmen, but they should consult the Deben Estuary Pilot before tackling the challenging entrance.

Coastal Protection

Bawdsey means "Baldhere's island" and to stop it becoming an island once again requires constant vigilance. These organisations monitor the coastal and riverbank defences:

The Bawdsey Coastal Partnership

The Deben Estuary Partnership

The Alde and Ore Association

The Deben Estuary Review has been published. It is a detailed hydrological analysis of the mouth of the Deben and an assessment of the erosion risks.


The Coastguard have a Facebook site: