The River Deben


The rivers were the old highways of England, and along their banks stood the towns and villages which form the earliest settlements in our history. The River Deben in Suffolk is one of the most perfect and beautiful rivers in all England. Incredibly, it winds almost 20 miles to the sea through rich farming country, passing pretty villages and farms and yet it is clean and unspoiled. During the Anglo-Saxon period it enjoyed a brief moment of distinction when it brought ships to the court of King Raedwald at Rendlesham. Some idea of his magnificence can be appreciated from the finds in his grave at Sutton Hoo. A journey down the Deben is a journey through history, showing how the landscape changed to support the needs of the people. There were enormous changes but a constant is the tranquility and peace which this lovely river both provides and inspires.