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Ore and Alde, Rivers

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


Admiralty 2695, SC5607

Rules & Regulations



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.... ... read more


If approaching from the South, Harwich or the Deben, it is fairly straightforward.... ... 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, but be aware that this has become a very popular place especially for yuppies at the weekend. You could be plagued by PWCs, paddleboarders and lots of yoof making lots of noise - on the other hand you may enjoy that atmosphere so, if so, it's just the place for you. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update April 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Apr 2023
We've included a link to a new download for the entrance
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Update May 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th May 2022
I reviewed these notes in May 2022.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Apr 2021
I reviewed these notes in April 2021. The Orford Quay Warden has warned that the 2021 entrance chart is "provisional"
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Further Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 1st May 2019
The new East Coast Pilot chart of the entrance has been published and a link to it is now in the notes above.
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river ore entrance
Written by orca 2 | 24th Apr 2019
Came in here last week following the marks in and found about 2 meters most of the way in at half tide
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 9th Apr 2019
Orford facilities update
Written by Johng1 | 5th Jan 2019
The friedly village store is under new management and no longer closes Wed and Sun afternoons nor is it now 'snooty and overpriced' (see comment 2014). Post Office including cash services 7 days a week so no need for a bank. The garage will close end Jan 2018 so fuel not available locally.
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Written by Don Thomson | 2nd May 2018
A link to the entry channel has been updated
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Updated chartlet
Written by Plum | 26th Jul 2015
The chartlet linked above is version 2. There is now a version 3 available here http://www.eastcoastpilot.com/Ore2015v3.pdf

Keep up the good work on this excellent website.

Colin. Www.solocoastalsailing.co.uk
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in mid April 2015. Everything is up to date but note that the Ore estuary survey is still that of 2014.
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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 -

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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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