The Alde & Ore Association exists to preserve and protect for the public benefit the Alde, Ore and Butley Creek rivers and their banks from Shingle Street to their tidal limits and such of the land adjoining them or upstream as may be considered to affect them, together with the features of beauty and of historic or public interest in the area.

The valley of the River Alde has long been an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the estuary is protected by a number of national and international designations. It is this beguiling spot which the Alde & Ore Association is determined to protect and preserve.

The River Ore flows from Shingle Street at the mouth past the RSPB bird reserve on Havergate Island and the historic medieval town of Orford. The River then becomes the Alde and flows past Aldeburgh and Iken reaching Snape home of Benjamin Britten’s internationally famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. On the seaward side it is bounded by Orfordness, now owned by the National Trust, with some of the most significant coastal marshland sites for birds and flora in Europe.

We would like to encourage everyone, whether you are a resident or visitor to this area, whether you are a fisherman, sailor, birdwatcher, golfer, rider or just come to enjoy the culture at Snape, to join the Association and help us ensure that this remains ‘an exceptional slice of English landscape’.

Charitable Incorporated Organisation No 1154583

Floods of Memories DVD

Floods of Memories DVD

The DVD of Angie Mason’s film Floods of Memories, that was produced for the 1953 Flood Exhibition, is now available and can be obtained for £13 from Aldeburgh Bookshop, Baggotts & Sons Newsagents in Aldeburgh, Snape Village Shop and Orford General Store.

The DVD is also available by post from the Alde and Ore Association for £15 including post and packing. To order the DVD, please send a cheque for £15 made out to the Alde and Ore Association to Mrs Sara Hinton, Greenwood House, Saxonfields, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1QA.


Help us protect our rivers

Read our latest brochure on how you can join us and make a difference
Click here >

3 September 2015
ITV report on the Suffolk Ferries

Suffolk's four foot ferries, which take passengers across the Orwell, Deben, Butley and Blyth, were featured this evening on ITV.

See the article and video here

1 September 2015
The Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership

The annual community meeting will be held on 17th September in Thorpeness Country Club at 4.30pm when you can hear about the Partnership’s efforts during the year in more detail. There will also be a presentation on the ‘sand/shingle engine’, a possible option for the Slaughden coast. Everyone is welcome. Please let Amanda Bettinson know if you would like to attend, email:

Read the AOEP press release

28 August 2015
Flood defence maintenance work

The Environment Agency has announces a programme of grass cutting on the estuary defences. The work will take place in September and October 2015, and cover an approximate length of 50km.

Click here for details and maps

10 June 2015
River Defence Committee assessments published

Every year, the Association's River Defence Committee inspects the Alde and Ore river walls and reports on the condition of the defences. The reports for 2015 are now available.

See the 2015 RDC reports here

River Defence Committee

For all the latest information and reports on the activity of the River Defence Committee
More >

Churches of the Alde and Ore Valley


Angela Sydenham’s delightful booklet describes twenty four churches of the Alde and Ore Valley, most of which can be visited on foot from the river.
More >

Butley Ferry

The Butley Ferry is operated by volunteers organised by the Alde and Ore Association.To find out when the Ferry operates or how to volunteer. Details >