by John | Dec 18, 2015 |

Winter Wonder Walks: Aldeburgh


A brilliant day out in Suffolk doesn’t have to cost the world! Spending time with loved ones outdoors can be fun and is a terrific opportunity to create lasting memories. This Winter we are encouraging you to take a breath of fresh air and explore Suffolk by foot. From coastal exploring to countryside adventures, Suffolk has plenty of delightful walks to offer.

Aldeburgh is truly a fantastic place to visit. There’s a wonderful buzz about the town as there’s so much to do and explore. It’s not just the beach that can be enjoyed at Aldeburgh! As well as a variety of fine eateries, art galleries and fascinating history to be discovered, Aldeburgh is a great place to take a relaxing walk. We recommend the Aldeburgh to Thorpeness walk. This 5 mile circular route is superb if you fancy the best of both worlds - beach and countryside. The walk will take roughly around 2 hours, depending on if you want to make it a peaceful wander or a quick stroll. As Aldeburgh and Thorpeness are both so individually charming, you could definitely take the whole day to enjoy both.

Starting in the main car park in Aldeburgh, walk straight down to the sea front and from then just follow the coast until you reach Thorpeness. Please do remember to wrap up warm so you can take in the fresh, crisp air and calming sound of the waves crashing onto the pebbles without getting too cold! On your way it’s well worth taking a closer look at The Scallop sculpture. The Scallop, created by Suffolk based artist Maggi Hambling, is dedicated to the famous Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten. 

Once you get to Thorpeness make your way around the Meare boating lake and into the town. We recommend taking a visit to the iconic House in the Clouds and original Thorpeness Mill.


To start the return journey through gorgeous countryside head past the Thorpeness Golf Club where you’ll see a public footpath sign on the right hand side of the main building.
From there it’s just a case of following the small paths provided back down to Aldeburgh. Let the stresses of everyday life melt away as you take in the beauty and tranquility of the North Warren Nature Reserve which surrounds the path. A haven for wildlife and one of the few regular wintering sites for tundra bean geese in the UK. There are stunning views in all directions so for anyone who’s interested in photography, this walk is an absolute dream so make sure you pack your camera. For a full itinerary and map click here.

I Spy - Something for the Children
If you’re worried a walk might be dull for the kids, why not brighten up the adventure by playing a game of I Spy. On this walk there are so many great I Spy opportunities! Stuck for inspiration? Try these ones to begin.

I Spy with my little eye something beginning with A…
Clues: 1) I might just look like a dull, brown stone, but give me a polish and I become a real gem. 2) I feel warmer to the touch than normal stones.

I Spy with my little eye something beginning with ABL…
Clues: 1) I haved housed the work of many great artists and considered an international art destination. 2) I’m quite easy to spot as I stand tall and proud.

(Answers to I Spy will be revealed at the end of our Winter Wonder Walks series. Keep your eyes peeled. Or if you can't wait until then tweet us @visitsuffolk using the hashtag #WinterWonderWalks)

Another activity to keep the children entertained along your travels is a scavenger hunt. Pick up and collect lots of different treasures! These can be anything from an interesting stone to a pretty feather.  Remember to bring a bag with you to keep your treasures safe until you get home.

 If you don’t have bored children to worry about  and you feel like extending the walk, why not  venture into the North Warren Nature Reserve  and choose from the reserve's most popular walks. If it’s Aldeburgh in particular that you wish  to explore further it’s worth the extra journey to  wander along the shingle and take in the  fascinating architecture and history behind the  magnificent Martello Tower. The Aldeburgh  Martello Tower is the largest and most northerly of  the Martello Towers built as a defence against Napoleon. If you feel like immersing yourself in the history of the Martello Towers even further you can actually stay in one! Imagine holidaying in such an impressive landmark with such rich history. To find out more click here.

When you get back have a well earned rest and treat yourself to something tasty. A trip to Aldeburgh wouldn’t be complete without tasting its famous fish and chips. Aldeburgh boasts three amazing shops; The Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop, The Golden Galleon, and The Upper Deck. Each slightly different with their own unique character, all with the same great taste with their freshly caught fish and locally grown potatoes. The Cross Keys Inn is also a great place to stop for some hearty pub grub. They’re even dog friendly which means everyone gets to enjoy a much needed rest after the walk.  If you feel like having a sweet treat, pop into the Cragg Sisters Tearoom. You could also indulge in a bit of retail therapy! Aldeburgh has a charming mix of independent and national shops.

Feel inspired to book a winter break in Aldeburgh? Find your home away from home with Suffolk Cottage Holidays. Seahorse Cottage is the perfect property for a pair of love birds and has simply stunning sea views. Pebble Cottage, just a stone’s throw away from the beach, would be ideal for families. To discover lots more cottage possibilities click here.

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