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The Sailor's Path in Snape, Suffolk


One of the finest Suffolk walks you can take is along the Sailor’s Path, a six mile gentle leg-stretcher that wends its way through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Snape marshes in Suffolk (c) Visit EnglandA lonely boat at the heart of Snape Marshes
Photo (c) Visit England


There are many amazing Suffolk walks. The history of Suffolk is one shaped by the sea, and, as the name suggests, the Sailor’s Path is one of the Suffolk walks first trod by the briny boots of the seamen who used to ply their trade along this part of the coast. Legend has it that when their boats got stuck in the Snape Maltings mud at low tide, the sailors would have to abandon their craft and head back to their Aldeburgh homes on foot.
Of course, it wasn’t only honest mariners that were called by the sea. Smugglers and wreckers prowled the coastline, and the sailors risked being attacked by any smugglers lurking along the path, ready to assail anyone who discovered them. Luckily you won’t have to face the same danger; the only threat today’s walkers face will be a spot of rain or maybe a stray golf ball or two as you walk past Aldeburgh golf course.
Like many Suffolk walks, the Sailor’s Path forms part of the Suffolk Coast Path, a 50 mile route stretching from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. The Sailor’s Path follows the meandering course of the River Alde, one of the most beautiful estuaries on the east coast.
The Sailor's Path in Snape (c) Richard LawDogs will enjoy a coastal walk along the Sailor's Path
Photo (c) Richard Law


Starting at Snape Maltings, turn right directly after the bridge and you should see the first of the signposts which will guide you all the way to Aldeburgh. When you reach the main road, follow the footpath to the right and you’ll soon find yourself in the heart of this world-renowned town.
Most Suffolk walks lead on to another, and should you wish to press on a little further you can cross the road beyond the Aldeburgh Golf Club entrance and, after the first houses, turn left onto Golf Lane, a metalled track. Look out for The Red House, former residence of composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears, and fork left onto the footpath. You will then cross two fairways, so keep a wary ear out for any cries of ‘fore’!
After leaving the golf course, cross the road to enter Warren Hill Lane and follow the path. At the track, turn left and immediately right. To your left are views of local landmarks Thorpeness Gatehouse, The House in the Clouds, and Sizewell Nuclear Power Station.
Finally, cross the road and head towards the beach, before turning right onto the metalled path that will take you back to Aldeburgh for some well earned fish and chips.
Full details of the Sailor’s Path here, or you can find more walks in Suffolk on


If you love walking in Suffolk, make sure you explore the Suffolk Wool Towns on foot with the Suffolk Threads Trails, or try one of these 8 Walking & Cycling Adventures in Suffolk. And if you'd like to share your favourite walk with us, why not get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?