Walk distance: 4.5 miles
Pub stop: No pub stop for this walk- try fish and chips on the beach from the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop.
Starting point: Pay and Display car park on Thorpe Road by the beach (IP16 4NR)
Download the route map here.
Famous for being the home place of Benjamin Britten, it’s beautiful blue flag beach and more importantly, it’s fantastic fish and chips, Aldeburgh is a fabulous town to visit if you are ever on the Suffolk coast.
This circular walk takes in the great beach, surrounding town and marshland.
For this walk, park at the pay and display car park on the beach on Thorpe Road. You’ll know you are there because you’ll be able to see the large scallop sculpture in front of you on the beach.
From here walk along the path (or on the beach) towards Aldeburgh. Please note that seasonal dog beach restrictions apply here, so check out the Suffolk Council website before setting off.
As you follow the path down you will eventually drop into Aldeburgh. Don’t worry- there is plenty of time to explore the high street on your way back up!
Walk past the coastguard look out and once you have reached the sailing club and a car park area. Here turn right to follow the footpath that runs parallel to the River Alde. Keep on this path until there is a turning to the right, take this and continue on the path, ignoring any other turn offs.
You will soon reach the end of the marsh land and a jitty back into a housing estate. Take this and turn right onto Park Road. Follow this to the top and then turn left on to the High Street.
This is where most of the shops and cafes are located in Aldeburgh so take some time to enjoy them- most places are dog friendly! I can highly recommend the Fish and Chip shop- we enjoyed them on the beach- and the queue is definitely worth it!!
From here, continue to the top of the High Street which will bring you back on to Thorpe Road. Continue back down the beach path to your car.