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By the river
and the sea
As the summer gets underway here is a walk that takes you to the coast. Explore the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh, and stroll beside the River Alde, with this circular route
This enchanting circular route takes in the well- heeled coastal town of Aldeburgh and open marshes along the banks of the sweeping River Alde. All around are unique views, a harmony of the natural and the man-made, oddments to
intrigue and distract you to explore further.
You start at the beachside car park on the northern edge
of Aldeburgh.
For anyone with limited mobility, an all-terrain
wheelchair is stored here, ideal for crossing the shingle and exploring the beach. The key is available from the tourist information centre.
Looking north up the coast, the windmill at the ‘model village’ of Thorpeness can be seen in the distance, along with the iconic House in the Clouds and Sizewell B nuclear reactor. Take time to experience Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture on the beach, a controversial addition to the landscape, the merits of which remain much debated.
It marks Benjamin Britten’s strong ties to the area and the welded steel is pierced through with a line taken from his opera Peter Grimes: ‘I hear those voices that will not be

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