by John | Feb 3, 2016 |

A Short Introduction to Pin Mill


Pin Mill is a small riverside hamlet, half a mile from the village of Chelmondiston which lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty. This is a famous picturesque spot loved by locals and visitors alike, particularly amongst artists, photographers, walkers and birdwatchers. Sprinkled with a few houses, a couple of boatyards, an art gallery and the legendary 17th century Butt & Oyster Inn, Pin Mill boasts a welcoming atmosphere and beautiful scenery.

Top tip: If you’re traveling to Pin Mill by car, Suffolk Food Hall, located just under the Orwell bridge, is well worth a visit along the way. A fabulous food hall full of delicious local, artisan goods with a lovely coffee shop and restaurant with stunning views looking out towards the Orwell Bridge.

Pin Mill was once a bustling landing point for shipborne cargo with many coastal vessels stopping at Pin Mill to offload to shallow barges. It was also home to many small industries such as sail making, a maltings, a brickyard and a centre for repair of Thames sailing barges. It is also said that in the 17th century Pin Mill was a haven for smugglers!

Today the charming village is renowned for it’s sailing activities with the Pin Mill Sailing Club hosting the famous annual Thames Barge Race - a fantastic sight to behold. The area is also great for any budding sailors with both the Pin Mill Sailing Club and nearby Alton Water running lessons. Pin Mill is equally well known for being the inspiration behind many paintings, photography and even books!

Did you know? The village was the setting for famous children’s author Arthur Ransome’s much loved Swallows & Amazons book We Didn't Mean to go to Sea.

Pin Mill is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. Summer days can be enjoyed taking in the beautiful Suffolk coast and watching the boats peacefully bob on the water. The mudflats along the shoreline are a haven for wildlife and vast numbers of wading birds so for any keen birdwatchers, make sure you pack your binoculars. Winter calls for cosy afternoons spent sitting by the fire, indulging in a hearty meal from the Butt & Oyster Inn. No visit to the area would be complete without stopping by this much loved pub. 

Did you know? The Butt & Oyster Inn is so close to the river that it can serve pints through the window to yachtsmen at high tide. 

A tranquil riverside walk is something that can be enjoyed at any time of the year at Pin Mill. There are two beautiful walks that we recommend. Both walks begin from the Butt & Oyster. The short walk goes east from Pin Min taking in foreshore, woodland and heath. The long walk goes in the opposite direction, across some farmland, through a marina, and circles back around Woolverstone Hall. For a full itinerary click here.

Fancy discovering Pin Mill yourself and experiencing the inspiration behind such wonderful art and literature? Holiday in the area with the whole family at River View, a detached period cottage full of homely touches and stunning views looking out towards the river. Bliss!

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