The river Deben rises near Aspall and flows 25 miles through some of prettiest countryside in Suffolk from Debenham to Brandeston and Easton to Woodbridge and beyond to the sea.
As with many on the east coast the Deben was a salmon river, the last recorded catch being in 1902, the year Perronelle Chevallier was born. Up until the 15th Century, the Deben was navigable by sea-faring boats, and many would have made their way upstream with goods to trade from Woodbridge, once an important commercial port. Now a bustling boating and sailing centre, the river beyond Woodbridge is tidal and finally reaches the North Sea between Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey. The entrance is marked by two Napoleonic Martello towers on each bank. The valley is an important environment for wildlife and birds; otters have been re-introduced in recent years, and the patient birder will be rewarded with the site of kingfishers along many stretches. (Photo credit: Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB).