We had 20 miles to tackle today so we left fairly early. Breakfast was taken in a smart place on the High Street and we were on our way again with all of our gear on our backs. At least we weren’t carrying stoves and tents on this trip… We headed out of Aldeburgh along the A1094 and picked up the Sailor’s Path which would take us through Black Heath Wood on towards Snape.
This was a pleasant path and we made good progress. We soon arrived at Snape Maltings having enjoyed the bird-rich River Alde Marshes on the way. A mid-morning coffee here was very welcome. There were many shops and galleries but we didn’t have room our bags to buy too much. From the Maltings we headed off towards Iken and Chillesford walking on the boardwalk by the marshes of the Alde estuary and up into the Tunstall Forest. The 4.5 miles to Chillesford were very enjoyable with much wildlife evident, although we were slightly geographically challenged along the estuary (probably my fault for concentrating on photography and the estuary views). Chillesford provided another excuse for refreshments.
A trip to the bar of The Froize Inn turned a request for two coffees into a half pint of Adnams each. The barman must have thought we were muddy as he suggested we sit outside, which made sense on a sunny day anyway. The food looked good here, but we needed to press on and get to our accommodation in Hollersley. Refreshed by our half-pint, we made good progress towards The Butley River. Just before the passenger ferry on the River we “climbed” Burrow Hill with a peak of 15 metres above sea level! The next section along the River Butley and on to the River Ore felt very isolated but provided stunning views. We were soon back walking along the coast but with the River Ore between us and the Sea.
We were getting tired at this point and we were glad to reach Hollesley Bay and left the path to find our digs for the night at Poplar Farm (booked through Airbnb- a first for us). The farm was a working stables and we were very well looked after. After a wash and a brush-up, we headed to The Shepherd and Dog Inn for some pub grub. We’d had another excellent day’s walking along the Suffolk Coastal Path., with the highlight being the isolated stretches along the Butley and Ore Rivers. Tomorrow would be our last day as we journeyed to Felixstowe and the train home.