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Ore and Alde, Rivers

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

Orford Haven Buoy 52:01'.604 N 001:27.'987 E Buoy liable to be moved.

Charts

Admiralty 2695, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

Unknown

Hazards

Constantly changing entrance channel, Seas Break, Dangerous in onshore winds, LOCAL KNOWLEDGE ADVISED.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Entrance Dover +0015 MHWS 3.2m, MHWN 2.6m, MLWN 1.0m, MLWS 0.4m Orford Quay: Dover +0100 Slaughden Quay: Dover +0155   (links)

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General Description

The rivers Ore and Alde are actually just one stretch of water that wind their way from Shingle Street to Snape Maltings, passing by the towns of Orford and Aldeburgh. There are over 15 miles of navigable water, with numerous anchoring opportunities for deep draft craft.

For those looking for some peace, quiet and natural surroundings the area is ideal, and modest provisioning is possible at Orford and Aldeburgh, but if planning to spend some time here exploring it would be best to arrive fully stocked up.

The layout of the River is quite unusual in that it virtually follows the coastline for many miles and in some places there is very little separating it from the sea (see photo gallery). ... read more

Approach

If approaching from the South, Harwich or the Deben, it is fairly straightforward to keep a reasonably good offing and locate the red-and-white spherical Orford Haven buoy (LFl.10s). Keep well to seawards of it until ready to commence your approach.

From the North you will be approaching in the Hollesley Bay Channel which has plenty of water and is bounded on it's eastern side by the Whiting Bank. Patches of this dry at CD, and the sea breaks on it, it's best well avoided. It is well charted and buoyed. Locate and identify the Orford Haven buoy (already mentioned) from seawards.

Further pilotage details: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Anchoring is possible anywhere within the River out of the main channel, with holding varying from good mud to dodgy shingle.

The initial run up Long Reach towards Dove Point is not a good place to anchor. The tides run very hard, the holding is suspect, and there is a waterskiing area. Added to that there's no facilities.

The spit extending from Dove Point is marked by a unlit southerly cardinal buoy, and there are two choices. You can either pass North of Havergate Island, which gives  access to  Butley River and several other anchorages where a boat can lay in peace, or the more direct southerly route through The Narrows and Main Reach for those intent on reaching Orford and beyond.

Anchorages and moorings in the Rivers Ore and Alde, for yachtsmen and motorboaters: ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

4 comments
good place to have a break
Written by n07900 | 13th Jul 2014
Just spent 2 weeks in the river ore, and river butley en route, lovely and quiete. Philip The harbour master at orford runs a brilliant water taxi and is freindly too. I would second the need to have plenty of stores on boat, as local shop a bit pricy, and a tad snooty too. I walked out and looked at the bouys to the entrance at low tide and they were placed well, phew.
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Amenities in Aldeburgh
Written by Bandicoot | 9th Oct 2013
Definitely worth being stocked up for Orford, but worth knowing that Aldeburgh has two supermarkets and a range of excellent quality shops on the high street supplying great local produce, from meat and vegetables to a delicatessen and bakery, as well as a number of fish huts on the beach. There are also two fish and chip shops and a number of good restaurants, as well as a scattering of characterful pubs serving various foodstuffs and even a decent Chinese takeaway. An electrical shop sells lots of helpful things for mends and there are two boatyards, one of which is on the Quay. Lots of theatre and music through the summer months and there is a cinema. Definitely worth the walk into town and little you couldn't get hold of in working hours.
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chart available
Written by oldgeezer | 25th Jun 2013
Entrance chart available here -

http://www.eastcoastpilot.com/downloads.html
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Apr 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on 4th April 2013. The big change is the removal of the Eastcoastrivers website which supplied pilotage for the entrance to the River Ore. At the moment there is no replacement for that site so, as well as reasonable wind/tide conditions you will need good visibility, so that you can see the buoyage.
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