The Mayflower Line Photo

The Mayflower Line

The Mayflower Line Map Harwich Town Dovercourt Harwich International Wrabness Mistley Manningtree Colchester
The Mayflower Line Sea Shanty

The Mayflower Line

The Mayflower line runs from Manningtree, which is the usual terminus for the branch trains, connecting with services to London and Ipswich. The branch follows the path of the estuary of the River Stour to Harwich. The train stops at Mistley, a small riverside town noted for its large number of swans which gather on the river bank in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the south bank.

The train calls at Wrabness where you can walk past the community shop and join footpaths which runs past the house which Grayson Perrys designed and is one of the houses, for living architecture.

Trains go onwards to the next stop of Harwich International, which is a focused interchange for ferries and large cruise ships making their way around the world. There are even occasional non-stop trains to Harwich International from London Liverpool Street. The branch line then takes travellers to next stop of Dovercourt, a small busy town with a regular Friday Market, and a short walk to the sea front.

The final stop is Harwich Town where you can wander down to the pier and watch the boats and catch the ferry which takes you across to Felixstowe or Shotley. For more information about Historic Harwich and Dovercourt please download the Tourist Guide below. Or visit

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Working with Acorn Village

Terri has been working with Morag a resident at Acorn Village watch this fantastic video below.

Morag has been involved with ESSCRP for about five years, she has undertaken rail safety training, travels by train across her local area and absolutely loves trains. Morag has been involved with the art projects at Manningtree station, helps with our events trains including: sea shanty, bucket and spade and music trains. At Manningtree station Morag plants and waters the tubs and helps other adopters at their stations. Promoting ESSCRP train events by delivering leaflets and changing posters are other essential tasks that Morag loves. By watching the video you will out more about the volunteering Morag is involved in. Morag is an inspiration and if you visit stations along the Mayflower line you may well see Morag or hear her asking ”is it time for coffee yet”?

ManningTree Station Volunteer

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Lots to see, places of historical value and beautiful countryside.

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To commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America on its historic journey, Leiden in Holland where the pilgrims started their famous voyage will be launching its commemorations on Saturday 16 May. 

A unique virtual tour of the city, incorporating all the key landmarks and stories around the Pilgrims life in Leiden, will start at 3pm UK time (10am –Eastern time in America). Over the next four hours viewers will have the chance to experience this beautiful city using computer animated reproductions to bring to life existing buildings and landmarks as they would have looked four hundred years ago when the separatists lived in the Netherlands prior to leaving for a new life.

The guided tour will be hosted by an English speaking expert from the city and will be accompanied by the chance to ask questions during the event around the different historical landmarks you see during the event.

 To watch the event live go to Virtual Voyages on the Mayflower 400 website to be directed through to: