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Aldeburgh Circular Walk

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Aldeburgh Circular Walk
Author: , Published: 27 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolkstar1 Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolkstar1 Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolkstar1 Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolkstar1 Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolk
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Aldeburgh Circular Walk
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Aldeburgh Circular Walk Suffolk
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A 6 mile circular walk through Aldeburgh and Slaughden, then inland following the River Alde before crossing Aldeburgh Marshes to return to the town centre.
The walk is mainly on level ground with no stiles but several gates and wooden bridges. Approximate time for the walk is 2.5 to 3 hours. Public toilets are available in Aldeburgh at Moot Hall and Slaughden Quay.
Aldeburgh has many interesting buildings and shops and its most famous resident was Benjamin Britten. Slaughden was once a thriving fishing port and has an interesting history being well worth a visit.

Aldeburgh is situated on the Suffolk coast and accessed via the A1094. There are long stay car parks on the north and south of the town. This walk starts from the North car park. Approximate post code IP15 5BD. (Alternative free car parking is available at Slaughden Quay and you can adjust the walk to start from this point).

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Walk Sections

Start to Slaughden
Start to Slaughden

Start point: 52.1595 lat, 1.6043 long
End point: 52.1436 lat, 1.5996 long

From the North car park go south into the town keeping to the sea shore. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September. Along the way you will pass Moot Hall which is said to be one of the most important public buildings in England. Built in the 16th century it was originally six shops on the ground floor with a meeting room on the first floor.
As you leave Aldeburgh you will pass the Coastguard station and see in the distance the Martello Tower at Slaughden Quay. Continue across the grassy sandbank until you see the steps to a footpath on your right. (If you have time you can investigate Slaughden Quay further and then return to the footpath).

Slaughden to Wooden Steps
Slaughden to Wooden Steps

Start point: 52.1436 lat, 1.5996 long
End point: 52.1533 lat, 1.5809 long

The path follows the River Alde inland on a raised embankment with good views of the river and a chance to see several heron, skylark and the occasional cormorant. Stay on this path for approx. 2 miles until the river widens and sweeps sharply to the left. Take the path down a set of wooden steps to your right that lead down to a meadow.

Wooden Steps to Allotment Exit
Wooden Steps to Allotment Exit

Start point: 52.1533 lat, 1.5856 long
End point: 52.1537 lat, 1.5934 long

At the base of the embankment go through the gate and cross the meadow keeping the hedgerow to your left. Head toward the water tower which you will see in the distance and cross five wooden bridges following the waymarks.
The path eventually goes through allotments and goes through a gate to join a tarmac lane. Turn left along this lane with the brick wall now on your right.

Allotment Exit to Five Bar Gate
Allotment Exit to Five Bar Gate

Start point: 52.1537 lat, 1.5934 long
End point: 52.1681 lat, 1.5978 long

The path goes through the recreation ground and fire station to reach the road. Turn right for 100 yards and cross the road and take the marked footpath up a slight bank. The path crosses another roadway and then continues along a tree lined alley with a caravan site on the right. This then leads to a permissive path which goes straight ahead with a hedgerow on the right and fields on the left and eventually leads to the five bar gate.

Five Bar Gate to End
Five Bar Gate to End

Start point: 52.1681 lat, 1.5978 long
End point: 52.1598 lat, 1.6047 long

Turn right at the gate and follow this path across the North Warren nature reserve, noting Sizewell and Thorpeness 'House in the Clouds' in the distance. At the road turn right to return to the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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