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Sailors Path & Friston, Aldeburgh Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Sailors Path & Friston, Aldeburgh Walks, Suffolk Walks In England, UK

Sailors Path & Friston was about 7.5 miles in distance. The terrain of the route was level ground with a combination of field and woodland paths and tracks, plus some road sections. The waymarking was good and route finding was easy. There were 2 stiles to negotiate.

Starting just west of Aldeburgh, this walk goes through the villages of Knodishall and Friston before returning along The Sailors Path. The Sailors Path is a six miles route between the village of Snape and the town of Aldeburgh, and forms part of the Suffolk Coastal Path. The path used to be used by sailors who, after their boats got stuck in the low tide at Snape Maltings, would walk back to their homes in Aldeburgh. Along the path you get beautiful views of the River Alde and Black Heath wood, plus charming marshland and reed beds.

Starting from the Aldeburgh Road car parking area, leg one zigzagged north west on a road plus field and woodland paths and tracks to reach a road in Knodishall. Leg two headed west on roads and field tracks to a footpath corner by Friston church. Leg three turned south west on a pavement, roads and field paths to a sharp right road bend. To complete the walk, leg four headed east on field and woodland paths and tracks back to the car parking area.

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Sailors Path & Friston Route

The Sailors Path & Friston route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from the Aldeburgh Road car parking area, zigzagging north west along road plus field and woodland paths and tracks to reach a road.

  1. From the parking area, we turned left along the main road towards Snape for about 400 metres.
  2. Here we turned right along a signed path to Grange Farm.
  3. At a fork in the track we veered left to pass between the house and farm buildings.
  4. After passing the house we veered left and turned right to join a track through woodland.
  5. We followed the track through the woodland and it narrowed to become a path.
  6. Shortly after the end of the trees on the left, before a gate ahead, we turned left over a stile.
  7. Here we went diagonally right across the field to cross a stile in the field corner.
  8. Now in another field, we continued along a similar line, diagonally right across the field to a reverse corner at the edge of woodland.
  9. Here we went diagonally left along a grassy path between fields on both sides.
  10. At the end of the fields, we continued straight ahead along a farm track between fields on both sides.
  11. At the end of the fields we reached a junction and turned right along a bridleway track.
  12. We continued along the track for about 1 kilometre until we reached a road in Knodishall.

Leg 2

Having walked about 2 miles to this point, the second leg headed west along roads and field tracks to a footpath corner by Friston church.

  1. After turning left along the road for about 100 metres, we then turned right along a good track.
  2. We continued on the track all the way to a road junction in Friston.
  3. Here we continued straight ahead to walk along Church Road to pass Friston church, St Mary The Virgin.
  4. Just after the church we turned diagonally left along a short road section to the gated entrance to the church.
  5. After viewing the church we continued ahead beyond the end of the road along a footpath to a corner.

Leg 3

Having walked about 3.25 miles to this point, the third leg headed south west along a pavement, roads and field paths to a sharp right road bend.

  1. Here the path turned half left, with buildings on the left and a ditch on the right.
  2. At the end we reached a road and turned right to the road junction by the Old Chequers pub.
  3. We crossed the road to go down Mill Road to the right of the pub.
  4. After about 300 metres, where the road bends left, we went straight on through a gap into a field.
  5. Here we followed a signed path across a field, passing between pig enclosures on both sides to reach a track.
  6. Going straight across the track to a path opposite, we crossed a field with the field edge on our right.
  7. At the next corner of the field, we turned left inside the field to follow the right edge.
  8. After passing a house we crossed a road junction to follow a road on the other side.
  9. After following the road for about 1 kilometre we reached a sharp right hand bend.

Leg 4

Having walked about 4.25 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned east along field and woodland paths and tracks back to the car parking area.

  1. Here we turned left on a road leading to a red brick house where the road turned right.
  2. Here we continued straight ahead along a track called the Sailors Path, clearly signed as the Suffolk Coast Path.
  3. The track led us to go through a gate into woodland and across an access road.
  4. Continuing ahead on the track through woodland we emerged with fields on our left.
  5. After crossing a footbridge and going through a gate, we walked along a long boardwalk across wetland.
  6. After another footbridge we continued along the boardwalk across the wetland, through a gate and across another footbridge.
  7. Continuing along the boardwalk we crossed two more footbridges and passed through two more gates to reach solid ground.
  8. Now on a path we continued ahead at the edge of woodland.
  9. The path widened to a track and we passed through a gate.
  10. As we continued ahead on the track the land became more open and we had views to the River Alde on our right.
  11. Where the track curved left we continued straight ahead along a signed path with fields both sides and river views on the right.
  12. The path became a track again which curved left back to the Aldeburgh Road car parking area.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Suffolk hiking holiday during March 2017. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Aldeburgh, Suffolk to the starting location just outside Aldeburgh, Suffolk. We parked in the Aldeburgh Road car parking area at grid reference GR442582, on the way out of Aldeburgh on the A1094, 800 metres on the left after the golf club. This was also the start location of the hike.

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