Matlock to Harwich via Colchester
RP 11. Heckington Windmill, the onl 8 sail working windmill in the world.
This route is the last of a group of 10 routes that form a 10 day tour from and returning to Harwich International Ferry Port. This route ends at the ferry port but stops overnight at an hotel in the Dutch Quarter of Colchester, just 30 minutes from ferry enabling you to catch the morning crossing to Hoek Van Holland.
Dutch Quarter of Colchester:
In the 1560s Colchester's economy prospered as a result of the arrival of Flemish weavers fleeing religious persecution after they had been defeated in a rebellion against Catholic Spain. Using workshops in the 'Dutch Quarter' they produced cloth that was lighter and cheaper than anything else made in England at the time. The cloth was called (bays) baize and is what is now used to cover billiard and snooker tables.
In Old English Dutch simply meant “people or nation". This also explains why Germany is called Deutschland in German.)
It is thought that the people of Colchester used the word 'Dutch' for all immigrants and not just those from Holland. There were many refugees fleeing religious persecution from France, Belgium and Holland and for some reason or other, Dutch is now used only for our friends from the Netherlands.
This is a very 'Dutch' route as it passes 2 windmills and travels through the Lincolnshire district of South Holland.
Some parts of this route have similar landscapes to those that can be found in NL, low lying, flat, fertile fields surrounded by drains (dykes).
Heckington Windmill at RP 11.
This unique eight sailed windmill is the only one of its type left in the world. Standing out against Lincolnshire’s big skies, the windmill forms the centrepiece of a complex set of historic buildings where visitors can experience how food is produced using natural power.
The mill was originally built in 1830 by Edward Ingledew of Gainsborough for Michael Hare as a five-sailed mill. Following a severe thunderstorm which blew off the cap and sails, it was repaired in 1892. The repairs were carried out by John Pocklington using a cap and eight sails from a windmill in Boston. The bricks from the Boston mill were recycled and used to build the mill house that stands at the front of the site. Heckington mill ceased work in 1946 and deteriorated until it was purchased by Kesteven County Council in 1953 and made safe. The mill underwent restoration in 1986 and further major repairs were carried out in 2004 and is now in full working order.
Moulton Windmill at RP 16.
Moulton Windmill is the tallest windmill in the country and stands at 100ft (30.5 m) high to the top of the cap. This colossal tower mill has the distinction of being the largest surviving windmill not only in Lincolnshire, but in the whole country.
It was built in about 1822 by Robert King. The sails were removed in 1894 after gale damage, when a steam mill with a two sack Turner roller milling plant was installed in the adjoining granary, steam power also being applied to the original stones.
A local campaign was established to restore the Grade I listed mill to full working condition. In 2003, the mill featured on the first series of BBC2's Restoration. The project won a large Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which, along with many fundraising events has meant that the "Friends of Moulton Mill" campaign has succeeded in raising enough money to restore and refurbish the mill's structure and add a new cap. The new white ogee cap, (which weighs 14 ton) is visible for miles across the flat Fenland landscape. A café and shop has also been built allowing you to have a coffee or lunch.

I have perhaps been a little mean by only awarding 3*** stars for this route but I am judging it against the other 9 belonging to this tour. The ride is pleasant and unhurried though, through English countryside.
RP 16. Moulton Windmill
The Dutch Quarter in Colchester
Useful links:
Premier Inn, hote, Matlock
Premier Inn, hotel, Colchester
Stena Line Ferry from Harwich to Hoek Van Holland

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Starting from and returning to Harwich ferry port, this tour follows the east coast of England up to the Highlands of Scotland and returns via the Lake District. It visits 6 of the UK's national parks and explores 2 islands and visits 2 James Bond 007 film locations.

Daily highlights.
Day 1, Harwich to Wells Next the Sea:
Southwold lighthouse, Cromer Crab lunch and sleeping on a Dutch barge.

Day 2, Wells Next the Sea to Middlesbrough:
Royal Sandringham Estate, Humber Bridge, a lap of Oliver's Mount, North York Moors National Park, Whitby Abbey the inspiration for Dracula.

Day 3, Middlesbrough to Dundee:
Tees Transporter Bridge, Angel of the North, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Day 4, Dundee to Inverness:
Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle, Whisky Distilleries.

Day 5, Inverness to Ullapool:
Exceptional Landscapes, Falls of Shin, Loch Drumbeg Viewpoint, Kylesku Bridge.

Day 6, Ullapool to Dornie:
Kinlochewe viewpoint, Applecross Pass, Isle of Skye.

Day 7, Dornie to Keswick:
Eilean Donan Castle (007), Glencoe Pass, Glen Etive (007), Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Day 8, Keswick to Kendal:
A tour of the Lake District National Park visiting 6 of the best passes including Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass and 7 of the great lakes including Ullswater and Windermere.

Day 9, Kendal to Matlock:
Yorkshire Dales National Park, Ribblehead Viaduct, Peak District National Park, Snake Pass, Matlock Bath (motorcycle Mecca).

Day 10, Matlock to Harwich:
Heckington Windmill, Moulton Windmill, Dutch Quarter in Colchester.

By starting from Harwich, this tour avoids the traffic congestion of the south east and London making it perfect for European visitors wanting to see some of the best landscapes and sights that the north of the UK has to offer.
The cost of the ferry from Hoek Van Holland to Harwich return for motorcycle and rider costs £139.00 (163.51 Euro) (in 2019) which includes a cabin on the outward leg.
Where possible, motorways have been avoided and scenic routes are used every day.