Friston and Thorpeness from Snape – Monday 10th August

Text and pics contributed by Anni

Snape Maltings was the start for our walk on Monday 10th of August just before 10am.  Organised by Simon and Sarah, Bob and I made up the final four.  I was keen to stretch my legs beyond my regular 10-12 mile solitary weekend walks on well trusted paths, to a more convivial and longer tramp with other humans.

It was easy to observe the social distancing rules with only four of us, and with temperatures ranging from 27°C at the outset to 32°C over the course of the walk, a little distance was welcome.

Providing “music, nature, art, shops”, Snape Maltings is always a joy to visit. I love the sense of space about it.

Simon and Sarah navigated us through newly harvested fields of various cereals, grains and a short meander through a field of smiling pigs.

Following heathland and forest paths, the Sandlings Walk element of the landscape was more interesting than I anticipated, taking us via Leiston to Thorpeness (past the windmill and the House in the Sky) where we we stopped for lunch.

Parting company for an hour, my fellow-walkers opted for a post-lunch drink at The Dolphin pub watering hole, whereas with the temperatures at 32°C, I opted for a different kind of watering hole and had a swim in the sea, devouring my lunch afterwards.  Average sea temperature was hovering around 19.5°C, so a perfect day for a swim. There was a grand swell too, so lots of waves to bob about in. Given the number of people holidaying at home due to Covid, the beach was quite busy – but social distancing seemed to be priority for most, and a small reminder of what a great county Suffolk is in many ways.

So, refreshed and nourished, we walked along the beach from Thorpeness towards Aldeburgh and turned inland after a short time to meet the Sailor’s Path (part of the Suffolk Coast Path) to return to Snape for a pint of soda at the Plough and Sail.

The final distance as per OS maps totalled 14.2 miles.  A great day out, at a fairly brisk pace (despite the heat), and a recommended route for interesting land and seascapes.  If you’re walking it before the end of summer, do throw your swimming togs in  – just in case.

Route map of walk – 14.2 miles.