Snape Maltings is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by one of Britain’s most spectacular expanses of reeds, water and vast skies.
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.
Departing from the historic quay, where generations of Thames Barge skippers have plied their trade, hop aboard Sea Tradar or Hagar and head out through the narrows down towards Iken.
This year we are running two river trips boats: Sea Tradar is our old favourite, a spacious vessel offering outward-facing seating and runs most days when tides allow, and Hagar is a shallow draft launch that can get out at earlier states of the tide and is ideal for the keen bird watchers.
Snape Maltings is on the Suffolk Coastal cycle route 41 and takes the cyclist to Orford in one direction (15 miles) or Wickham Market Station via Blaxhall in the other direction (9 miles). The whole route can be started/finished at Wickham Market Station or Snape Maltings. On the way you will discover an ancient church and a castle set within the beautiful Sandling landscape.
The River Alde at the Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary. Being tidal it’s a place of glistening mud and shallow open water, filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months.