7 of the best places to kayak in Suffolk

Suffolk is a popular spot to enjoy kayaking on open water

Suffolk is a popular spot to enjoy kayaking on open water - Credit: Archant

Heading out on the water is a great thing to do on a sunny day – and there's plenty of places to kayak in Suffolk.

If you're looking to explore the rivers around the county, here are seven places to start your journey.

Woodbridge

Kayaking on the River Deben through Woodbridge will take visitors past some of the east Suffolk town's iconic landmarks, such as the Tide Mill Museum.

The Tide Mill Museum at Woodbridge is on the River Deben

The Tide Mill Museum at Woodbridge is on the River Deben - Credit: Archant

There's plenty of places to park up in Woodbridge before you take to the water.

Iken

Iken Canoe, off Tunstall Road, offers kayaks and canoes to hire to take down the River Alde.

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It is then a gentle journey down the river to reach the southern edge of Aldeburgh and the seaside town's Martello Tower.

Alton

Alton Water, in Holbrook near Ipswich, is home to a watersports centre that offer visitors the chance to rent kayaks to take out onto the reservoir.

Alton Water, near Ipswich, is a great place to rent kayaks from

Alton Water, near Ipswich, is a great place to rent kayaks from - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The site is easily accessible from the B1080 south of Ipswich, with parking available.

Waldringfield

Further down the Deben is Waldringfield, which is easily accessible from the A12 near Martlesham.

There's a pay and display car park behind the Maybush Inn pub to stop at before beginning your journey on the river.

Beccles

Straddling Suffolk's border with Norfolk, the River Waveney is a great place to explore as part of 6.5-mile return trip.

You can park up at either Beccles Quay or Beccles Canoe Centre before making your way down to Geldeston, where the popular Locks pub can be found.

There are plenty of rivers to enjoy kayaking in Suffolk this summer

There are plenty of rivers to enjoy kayaking in Suffolk this summer - Credit: Archant

Sudbury 

Listed as one of Britain’s earliest commercial waterways, the River Stour is popular with kayakers as only certain parts are suitable for motorboats.

The River Stour near Sudbury is another kayak and boating hotspot

The River Stour near Sudbury is another kayak and boating hotspot - Credit: Archant

After parking up at The Granary, you can take in sights such as the Great Cornard Lock and Bures Mill as you make your way down the river.

Snape

Keen kayakers can start journeys at Snape Maltings, an arts complex sat next to the River Alde, where visitors can park for free and launch a craft from.

Landmarks to keep an eye out for include the Iken St Botolph church.

Top tips for kayaking

  • Wear appropriate clothing – swimwear is ideal
  • Carry plenty of water and snacks for the journey
  • Keep a first aid kit to hand in case of emergencies
  • Apply plenty of sunscreen on sunny days
  • Keep electronics in a dry bag so they don't get wet