Walks, River Trips & Wildlife

Hugely popular with walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers, the tidal River Alde and surrounding marshes are a haven for hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Resident birds seen at different times of the year include curlews, egrets, avocets, bitterns and marsh harriers, while mammals include otters, water voles and even the occasional seal. Low tide is a time of particular activity, with glistening mudflats and shallow water attracting many species of waders.

Reeds and a walkway


One of the best ways to explore the stunning natural landscape around Snape Maltings is on foot - from the circular loop through Snape Warren to the riverside walk to Iken Church.

More information here.

Cycling routes

Snape Maltings sits on the Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route 41, which takes the cyclist to Orford in one direction (15 miles) or Wickham Market Station via Blaxhall in the other direction (9 miles). On the way, you'll discover an ancient church and a castle set within the beautiful landscape. Explore Suffolk Coasts & Heaths' cycling guides here.

A boat sailing on a river.

River Trips

Explore the landscape by boat. Departing from the historic quay, where generations of Thames Barge skippers have plied their trade, hop aboard Tilly Too or Hagar and head out through the narrows down towards Iken.

More information and book here.