GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Aldeburgh to Thorpeness Walk

6 miles (9 km)

A circular walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness, taking in the Suffolk Coast, the wonderful Thorpeness Meare and the North Warren RSPB reserve.
Start from Aldeburgh at the Fort Green car park on the front. Then follow the path along the shingle beach north, passing The Haven and the Benjamin Britten Scallop sculpture before coming to Thorpeness.
The route then takes you around the delightful Thorpeness Meare, the centrepiece of the village. It's a beautiful spot with nice paths to follow around the 60 acre lake. There's lots of little islands, shady coves, and pretty creeks with boats available for hire. The area is thought to have been inspired by the book 'Peter Pan' as the authour J.M. Barrie was a close of friend of the Thorpeness founder, Scottish barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie.
The Meare is a good place to stop for refreshments with a nice waterside cafe.
After leaving the Meare you follow footpaths south across the North Warren RSPB reserve. It's another scenic spot with grazing marshes, reedbeds, heathland, woodland and a wide variety of wildlife to see. Look out for breeding bitterns, marsh harriers, woodlarks and nightingales.
The final section skirts the edge of Aldeburgh Marshes before returning to the finish point back on the sea front car park.
To extend your walking in the area you can further explore Aldeburgh Marshes and the River Alde on our Aldeburgh Walk.

Aldeburgh to Thorpeness OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Aldeburgh to Thorpeness Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The White Hart Inn in Aldeburgh dates back to 1800. It's located in the High Street, right next door to the famous fish and chip shop. During the summer months they have a traditional wood-fired Italian Pizzeria in the beer garden, serving freshly cooked-to-order pizza. It's a nice place to relax outdoors on warmer days. The pub is dog friendly and will often provide treats for your pet. You can find the pub at postcode IP15 5AJ for your sat navs.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Fishing boat on Aldeburgh beach - - 362529

Fishing boat on Aldeburgh beach

Scallop sculpture, Aldeburgh - - 218938

Scallop sculpture, Aldeburgh

The Haven, Aldeburgh 9

The Haven

Footpath crossing - - 192232

Footpath crossing

Partables Farm - - 523443

Partables Farm

Windmill, Thorpeness, Suffolk - - 927051

Windmill, Thorpeness, Suffolk

Rowing Boats for Hire, The Meare, Thorpeness - - 1805836

Rowing Boats for Hire, The Meare, Thorpeness

North Warren RSPB Conservation area near B1122 - - 194035

North Warren RSPB Conservation area near B1122

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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