Things to do in Marks Tey

Gainsborough Ale Trail

A trail for ale lovers to enjoy their favourite pastime whilst travelling safely on the scenic Gainsborough Line. Produced with assistance from CAMRA.

At the beginning of the line is Marks Tey, so why not visit the Red Lion on the Coggeshall Road, around half a mile west of the Station. Leaving Marks Tey station the train crosses the great 1849 Chappel viaduct, whose 32 brick built arches stride high above the River Colne and Chappel village. North of the Viaduct is Chappel and Wakes Colne station, an old LNER station and the hole of the East Anglian Railway Museum, where the annual beer festival is held in September (www.earm.co.uk). The Swan, a few minutes walk, serves Greene King Ales, Guest beers, food and is open all day at weekends. Joining the train to Bures and Sudbury, there are typical “Constable” Views eastward along the River Stour. Alight at Bures station and proceed along The Paddocks and Station Hill to the Swan. Or just around the corner is the Eight Bells. Both pubs serve good food and are open all day Saturdays. Re-joining the train, it enters Suffolk and follows the River Stour to Sudbury which is an excellent old market town and home of Gainsborough’s House. One could visit the Royal Oak or the Pied Cow, both in King Street. Or visit the Wagon and Horses in Church Walk, a CAMRA local, serving Greene King IPA, guest beers and food.