Manningtree town is a bit far from the station. It's small town but very compact and attractive. We were trying to have a breakfast, but unfortunately pubs and cafes were closed around 9:30 on High Street. We saw a market was held, so people might be there... We could see the River Stour which passes Harwich and debouches into the North Sea. You can get a ferry from Harwich to Holland.
|the River Stour|
We walked along the River Stour, we saw many swans, even on the road! They tried crossing the road, and didn't care about cars!! It's famous view here. But from far, we thought they were statues or something at first :)
Anyway, we hadn't walked so long, but already passed the smallest town Manningtree and were in next town named Mistley. We could see Mistley Towers, which are the remains of a church built in 1776, unusual in having towers.
We had a breakfast at a cafe on the other side of the Mistley Church. I thought it's unremarkable cafe at first, but it seemed like a quite popular. It was interesting to watch people popping in continuously :) Seats were almost full!
We didn't go back to Manningtree, because Mistley Station was close from there rather than going back. Mistley seems like a town for distribution because there was a quay on the river. We could see some distribution-centre warehouses and a few cargo ships on the river.
The station was like a ghost station, no staff, no ticketing facilities, no people, just us. So we got "Permit To Travel" from a machine. This mean we need to exchange a proper ticket at the first opportunity station. What a mysterious station it is.. Am I the only one that I can see the word "Mistley" as "Mystery"? So I decided to call this town Mysterious Mistley :)
|(Mysterious) Mistley Station|