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Bikes on Southwold green (c) Visit England

8 WALKING & CYCLING ADVENTURES TO HAVE IN SUFFOLK

Suffolk is the kind of county that’s best explored at a slow pace: its rivers, forests, windmills, villages, beaches and castles demand you to take your time and enjoy them. So whether it’s by bike or on foot, next time you come to Suffolk, slow down and have a real adventure:

WALKING IN SUFFOLK

KINGS & SAILORS: THE ORFORD HERITAGE PUB TRAIL
5.5 MILES

The combination of salty sea air, lapping waves, peaceful scenery and locally-brewed Adnams beer makes walking on the Suffolk coast truly special. This 5.5-mile relaxed walk departs from the tiny fishing village of Orford, with its foodie delights and strange myths, and takes you along the River Alde before heading inland towards the Sudbourne estate and back to Orford, with a stop off at the village’s unique octagonal castle. Oh, and did we mention there are two Adnams pubs along the way? Download the route here.
Orford Quay (c) Martin PettittThe Orford Heritage Pub Trail will take you through this charming fishing village
Photo (c) Martin Pettitt

THE BUTT & OYSTER WALK, CLIFF PLANTATION AND WOOLVERSTONE PARK
6 MILES

Between the River Orwell and the River Stour is the Shotley Peninsula: a tranquil stretch of land bounded by pretty riverside hamlets like Pin Mill, where this walk begins. Starting at the Butt & Oyster Inn, a pub blessed with spectacular views, this walk will take you in a figure-of-eight passed a cliff-top plantation, through thick woodland, across Woolverstone Park and along the riverside harbours of the River Orwell. Download the route here.
Clare in SuffolkClare is Suffolk's smallest town, and also one of its prettiest

THE CLARE & CAVENDISH TRAIL
7.5 MILES

This 7.5-mile circular trail allows you to explore two picture-perfect Suffolk Wool Towns, Clare and Cavendish, discovering their rich history along the way. Setting off from Clare Castle Country Park, the circular route will take you past beautiful churches, a castle and old railway, museums, antiques centres, shops, cafes and pubs – plenty to keep you busy for a whole day. Meanwhile, the paths in between the towns follow long stretches of peaceful arable farmland with gorgeous views. Download the route here.

THE THETFORD FOREST FIR TRAIL
3.5 MILES

This trail takes you deep into the heart of Thetford Forest on a hunt for different fir trees and wildlife species. Following the signposts you’ll follow a circular route of woodland tracks, keeping an eye out for the deer, hares and rare birds that live in Thetford Forest, and the giant play sculptures that will entertain any little ones on the walk. This is a great walk for dogs, who will love the hour-and-a-half in the great outdoors! Take a look at the route here.

CYCLING IN SUFFOLK

THE PAINTER'S TRAIL
23 MILES

The landscape of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley has inspired many great artists, including Thomas Gainsborough, Alfred Munnings, and John Constable, whose deep connection with the area lends it its other name: Constable Country. The Painters’ Trail is a 69-mile long route that takes you through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stopping off at major artistic landmarks on the way. You can buy the Painters’ Trail route pack from bookshops, however click here to download a shorter 23-mile section which you can do in a day.
The Painter's Trail takes in the sights of John Constable's birthplace, such as Flatford Mill
Photo (c) Barry Caruth

THE JOCKEY'S TRAIL
28 MILES

This daylong cycle ride starts and finishes at Newmarket, the global home of horseracing. In this small Suffolk town history is made every racing day, fortunes are won and lost, and racing’s great and good are tested to their limits. After exploring this fascinating town, home to one the top sights in Suffolk, you can set off on your bike along the Jockey’s Trail, a route that winds through pretty villages in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, before returning to Newmarket via the heath overlooking the gallops. Download the route here.

THE SAINTS TOUR LOOP
16 MILES

The Saints is a cluster of villages in a remote yet beautiful part of north Suffolk, an area that’s known as bow and arrow country. This looping cycle ride will take you from Bungay through a stream of villages: Mettisham, Ilketshall St Andrew, Ilketshall St Lawrence, Rumburgh, All Saints, South Elham, St Michael South Elham and St Peter South Elham, where you’ll find the beautiful St Peter’s Brewery with its surrounding moat and elegant restaurant. After cycling through this ancient, high corner of Suffolk, you can return to Bungay, or carry on down Route 30 towards Harleston and mid Suffolk. Download the route here.
Suffolk windmill (c) Martin PettittSpend the day discovering Suffolk's many windmills on The Miller's Trail
Photo (c) Martin Pettitt

THE MILLER'S TRAIL
23 MILES

Suffolk is home to countless artisan bakeries, yet far from a passing trend, this love affair with bread has been going on for centuries. On the Millers’ Trail you can discover the mills that have been part of the Suffolk landscape for over 800s years. Departing from the ancient village of Ixworth, you’ll cycle past picturesque windmills and watermills, whose towers you can climb for a great view of the countryside. That’s not to mention a handful of fantastic pubs, and curiosity shops like Henry Watson’s Potteries, where you can browse gorgeous kitchenware and enjoy a cream tea. Download the route here.

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If you're keen to get active in the great Suffolk outdoors, make sure you discover what there is to know about the Outdoor Adventures and Nature Reserves in Suffolk. And if you're planning an outdoorsy holiday in Suffolk, we'd love to hear about it, so please get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.