The River Alde
With its source in Laxfield (Great Pub there – The Low House, see our post under Eat & Drink), Initially a stream, it becomes tidal and widens considerably when it reaches Snape. It meanders East past Aldeburgh (You must go there!) after which this part of the river was named. The river then becomes known as the River Ore as it approaches Orford where it once entered the sea; however the mouth of the river has now been pushed some five miles further south as shingle has accumulated over hundreds of years after which it splits to form Havergate Island and is joined by its tributary, the Butley River, before reaching the sea at Shingle Street
The lower reaches of the river passes through marshland and shingle or sand beaches. The shingle spit that blocks the river, Orford Ness is now some 10 miles in length and is owned by the National Trust. The main area through which the River Alde flows is open countryside in private ownership, much of it arable farmland
A fabulous pub & restaurant right on the beach at Walberswick, a stunning little seaside village on the heritage coast
Sophie & Mark Dorber have created a village local that’s family friendly and a welcome retreat for all who enjoy good conversation, food and drink
We’ve been there several times and there is always a warm welcome, beautiful comfy surroundings and a fabulous range of wines and beers (Adnams of course) and a superb menu. It’s no surprise then that in January 2104 they gained the position of 36 in the Top 50 Gastro Awards!
A great pub on the heritage coast overlooking the sea, serving home cooked and locally sourced food, fine Adnams ales, wines and whiskies. What’s not to like?!
Walberswick is a beautiful little seaside village with a number of great pubs, adjacent to the rolling dunes and Harbour. Centuries old, it’s steeped in history and sat smack bang in the middle of an area of outstanding natural beauty
The Bell oozes Suffolk character with quirky snugs, beamed ceilings, hidden alcoves and worn flagstone floors. Well known for their friendly and welcoming atmosphere, The Bell is a perfect all year round destination
Sutton Hoo is a group of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds overlooking the River Deben
The visitor centre is operated by the National Trust but it’s ‘home’ to a very eager bunch of enthusiasts, whose website is the one we have given you on here for interest and lots of info on what they get up to
The Sutton Hoo society was founded in 1984 to provide practical support to the Sutton Hoo Research Project, directed by Professor Martin Carver. Following the completion of the excavations in 1991, the society acted as guardians of the site and continued to give guided tours and funded ongoing research