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Halfpenny Pier, Harwich

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  • We sat on the pier and enjoyed eating a 'dressed' crab purchased from on the Pier. It's a small but popular Pier with quite a few benches to sit on. There were some young children using a line for and...  more »
  • There is a small tea room on the pier opposite the Mayflower exhibition with tables and chairs outside where you can have a cup of tea and something to eat while enjoying the views across the water to...  more »
  • Wonderful short pier with so much history they wrote a book about it. To all photographer's the sunset across the Shotley Peninsula from the Pier is to die for especially in high summer. These are in ...  more »
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  • Lots of gentle pastimes to do here. Crabbing on the pier. What could be more fun! Always a gaggle of kids having a lovely time pulling up buckets of tiddler crabs and then the fun of seeing them scramble back into the sea when let out of their temporary incarceration. Watching the Trinity House buoy-laying and maintenance vessels coming in and out, lifting things off the decks with cranes and doing other nautical mysteries with hawsers and throwing lines. Nearby is Lightvessel LV18, which you can visit. This is the only Lightvessel, of the many which encircle our island, which still retains its crew fixtures and fitting - all the others are unmanned vessels now. This one is operated by the Pharos Trust. A local charity which does great work in Harwich to promote this interesting and historic town. The Cafe on the Pier is well worth a visit. See my other review. Also worth an honourable mention is the Ha'penny Pier Museum. Populated by lovely old ladies on the day I visited who could not have been more helpful. Worth dropping in to look at the model ships. If you are a sailor, then it's well worth trying to find space on the inside of the pontoon of the pier as the wave motion is much reduced. There's plenty of depth at high tide to manoeuvre in our experience (we draw 1.5 m) your experience may vary, obviously! The new showers and loos for mariners are very clean and tidy after a recent face-lift. No electricity currently, but there's always the local pubs if you need to charge some devices. It's first-come first-served on the moorings and the Pier Masters are there for a couple of hours in the afternoon and early evening and in the morning. They could not be more friendly and helpful. A real credit to the nature of this quirky town.
  • Such a lovely peaceful place. Nye fireworks were great.
  • Really nice friendly locals with an amazing view