The River Alde

The river itself begins as a freshwater stream many miles inland in rural Suffolk. The tidal section of the river however starts at Snape Maltings – the renowned home of the Aldeburgh music festival, also a wonderful place to eat and shop!

One mile downstream of Snape Maltings is one of the most stunning locations in East Anglia – Iken Cliff, where Iken Canoe is based.

Despite its remote location, historically, Iken Cliff had many trade routes. As well as being an important fishing village, sailing barges used to transport corn from Iken Cliff to London between 1780 and 1868. Some traditionally rigged sailing barges are still seen on the river.

On its 18 mile journey down to the sea from Snape Bridge, the river passes some of the most significant coastal marshland sites for birdsin the country including avocet, marsh harrier and curlew.

Other wildlife can also be spotted, such as otters (by the very keenest of eyes) and seals basking on the mud banks.

The River Alde is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – please respect the environment, wildlife and other river users.

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