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|Keys and Crown: The Snape Heath and River Pub Trail|
|Author: Adnams, Published: 07 Apr 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub trail in Snape, Suffolk starting and finishing at two great Adnams pubs: The Golden Key and The Crown Inn. With pubs at the start and finish of this circular trail, you get chance to have lunch before your walk and then a drink at the end, or vice versa. The walking route heads out through farmland and across the beautiful heath of Snape Warren to reach the River Alde. There’s also an opportunity to visit the famous Snape Maltings, a lovely collection of shops, galleries and concert hall, before returning to Snape village. The views are beautiful throughout and there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way. |
The route follows a mixture of pavements/village roads and heath/marsh/field paths, the latter of which can be quite muddy after periods of rain and in winter. The paths can be quite narrow in places but there are no stiles on route, just a couple of kissing gates. There are just a couple of gentle slopes, with most of the route being entirely flat. Snape Warren is grazed by Exmoor Ponies so take care with dogs in this section. There are a couple of sections walking along quiet lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Snape is located just off the A1094, between the A12 and Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The walk starts and finishes at the Golden Key pub, on Priory Road close to its junction with Church Road. The pub has its own car park at the rear. Approximate post code IP17 1SA.
|Start to Guilding's Lane|
Start point: 52.1692 lat, 1.5003 long
The walk starts from the Golden Key pub, and finishes just a few yards away at the Crown Inn on the corner. With the two pubs so close together, there’s never been a better excuse to sample the ales! The way you make use of these two pubs is up to you – you could have lunch at the Golden Key, followed by a drink or pudding at the Crown Inn at the end of your walk...or you could start with just a drink and then have lunch at the end of your walk. Choices, choices...
|Guilding's Lane to Church Common Track|
Start point: 52.1706 lat, 1.5062 long
Follow the track ahead and then, just after it swings left, keep straight ahead at the crossroads. Continue around the bend to the right, then keep straight ahead following the playing fields hedgeline on the right. Soon the path narrows between hedgerows with open crop fields across to the right.
|Church Common Track to Rookery Farm|
Start point: 52.1786 lat, 1.5036 long
Turn sharp right along this track, with sections of gorse and scrub to the left and the pig enclosures to the right. At the far side of the field, you’ll emerge to a T-junction with a tarmac lane, Priory Lane. Turn right along this lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. You will pass more pig enclosures to the left and then pass Rookery Farm, also on the left.
|Rookery Farm to Snape Warren|
Start point: 52.1739 lat, 1.5109 long
The last of the buildings of the Rookery Farm complex is a classic old metal grain store, a beautiful old industrial building complete with its chute for dispensing the grain. Continue down to the bend in the road where you’ll see a junction of multiple paths. Take the footpath straight ahead, a narrow path with fences to the right, signed to Snape Maltings.
|Snape Warren to Woodland Junction|
Start point: 52.1678 lat, 1.5113 long
Follow the main path straight ahead which climbs steadily and leads you through the centre of the heath. Stay on this obvious main path ahead, ignoring any smaller paths off left and right.
|Woodland Junction to Snape Bridge|
Start point: 52.1642 lat, 1.5095 long
Turn left at this junction, on the path signed to Snape Maltings. Follow this embankment path between the areas of reeds, with the River Alde visible to the left and the marshes across to the right. Take time to enjoy the views on this stretch and keep a close eye out for the plethora of wildlife.
|Snape Bridge to End|
Start point: 52.1651 lat, 1.4962 long
If you wish, you can turn left across the bridge to visit Snape Maltings. The maltings were built in the mid-1800s at this already busy port. Malting of barley (which was then shipped to breweries for beer brewing) began in 1854 and continued until the 1960s from when the buildings were left vacant. Meanwhile, for the decade 1937 to 1947, the composer Benjamin Britten lived at the nearby Hudson’s Mill, after which he moved to Aldeburgh. Britten was inspired by the vast skies and moody seas of the Suffolk coast, and in 1948, along with singer Peter Pears and writer Eric Crozier, he founded the Aldeburgh Music Festival. At first the festival used local halls and churches but in 1967, Britten and Pears created a permanent home for the festival by converting the maltings into a concert hall. Within five years Britten and Pears had reclaimed more buildings on the site to establish a centre for talented young musicians. When you are finished exploring the shops and galleries at the maltings, return to this point by the bridge.
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Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the the river from the warren were stunning. Shame neither pub was open on our return but a nice beer was consumed at the plough and sail at snape maltings!
|By neiltimms196 on 30 May 2014|
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