by alice | Jun 21, 2016 |

Jasper’s Jottings - A Wander Along Iken Cliffs


Sadly, the weather failed to be as glorious as it had been for our third walk. Jasper and I set off early in the hopes of enjoying the morning sun only for the day to break as overcast and chilly. Still, we were undeterred and set off in search of the River Alde.

There is a large field able for use as a car park at the top of Iken cliffs, and from there it is a short walk through a small wooded area down to river’s edge. Iken cliffs has perhaps the smallest sandy beach in Suffolk, which Jasper and I enjoyed at low tide. Unfortunately for Jasper, I kept him on his lead as we walked to prevent him from taking a mud bath. Also, there were a large number of wading birds feeding in the muddy banks and I thought it best to try to disturb them as little as possible. We saw redshanks, curlews and greenshanks - and even the occasional oystercatcher put in an appearance. I spied a cormorant gliding over the river as well as a few noisy mallards.

We passed the hut which runs Iken Canoe Hire, a great service where you can rent out canoes and kayaks for short, half day or full day hires. It was too early in the year for me and Jasper to paddle out on the river but it’s a treat I hope to take up later on in the summer.

As we walked we could just about make out Snape Maltings on the opposite shore, and further down the river we could see the tower of Iken Church. The Alde, calm and empty of boats, plays host to River Trips run from Snape Maltings over the summer. The forty five minute trip meanders along the picturesque scenery and they are a great way to see the most of the wildlife the river has to offer.

As we continued along the river, Jasper delighting in stamping on the sandy beach, we passed a field of horses. Several lifted their heads to nose at Jasper and pose for a photo. We walked as far as the path would take us, walking by a paddling of shelduck and making an acquaintance with a sociable chaffinch before turning back.

Jasper eyed up the river, thinking of it undoubtedly as a big drink, but didn’t stray off the path. I felt sorry for him, thinking of the upholstery in my car over the enjoyment he would get from splashing around in the river but thought it best to save swimming as a treat for when the summer weather arrived.

Bring your dog on holiday to Suffolk! Stay near Iken Cliffs at Boot Cottage, Iken (sleeps 4),  Vincent Studio, Snape (sleeps 2) or Acorn Barn, Blaxhall (sleeps 2)

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