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Walking in Suffolk © David Falk

Outdoor Adventures in Suffolk

When the sun shines, the temperature rises and the big Suffolk skies are a beautiful shade of blue, the urge to get outside and make the most of the long daylight hours can be overwhelming. We have written a handy guide packed with ideas for how you might want to spend these precious summer days... Cycling in Suffolk (c) Rod Edwards
Cycling in Suffolk ©Rod Edwards

Head to the beach

Heading for one of the beaches dotted along Suffolk's coast is an absolute must, especially on the hottest of hot days.

Walk along the promenade at Felixstowe and explore the seafront gardens; take the children crabbing in Walberswick; have a laugh at the Under-the-Pier-Show in Southwold; eat freshly caught oysters at Pinneys in Orford or build sandcastles on the blue flag beach at Lowestoft.

Pack your swimming essentials and make a day of it. Read our Guide to Suffolk's Beaches before you go, and if you are into surfing, read our article about the best places to surf in Suffolk.

Suffolk Beach ©Visit England

Get on your bike

If you enjoy the cool breeze in your hair as you freewheel with abandon, then a trip out on your bike would be an ideal way to spend a summer's day. Suffolk has many miles of quiet country lanes and lots of cycling maps are available to help you navigate the most scenic routes.

Visit the Discover Suffolk website to download some cycle maps, or pop into a tourist information centre to pick up a leaflet.

There's also the option of off-road cycling in The Brecks, where you can hire bikes and cycle through Thetford Forest on one of four routes, graded from moderate to difficult.

Alternatively, book a cycling holiday with Cycle Breaks and let them do the hard work for you. They will provide bikes, map out a route, organise your accommodation and even transport your luggage each day to your next overnight pit stop.

Cycling in Thetford Forest ©VisitEngland
Cycling in Thetford Forest ©VisitEngland

Take a hike

Suffolk has two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many nature reserves, which means taking a long walk through the countryside or along the coast, is lovely at any time of year. There are many long distance walks stretching across the county, or for something a little shorter, try The Sailor's Path. It's a six mile walk that ambles its way through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

If you love history, walk one of the Suffolk Thread Trails which explore the county's wool towns and their fascinating history. There are regular guided walks on offer too, including walks around medieval Lavenham, birdwatching walks around RSPB Minsmere and Afternoon Tea Walks around Ipswich. Keep an eye on our events list for further information.

The Sailor's Path in Snape (c) Richard Law
The Sailor's Path in Snape © Richard Law

Take to the Water

We've spoken about Suffolk's coast and scenic beaches, but did you know we also have some beautiful rivers too? Hire a boat or a canoe and paddle down the River Stour through Constable Country or sail down the River Waveney into The Broads National Park; take a river cruise along the River Orwell on a vintage sailing barge; or catch the Big Dog Ferry from Beccles Lido and enjoy a 40-minute boat ride. Read our article on the eight best boating holidays in Suffolk.

Or you could forgo the sailing vessel all together and opt for wild water swimming instead! Read our article on the best places to go wild swimming in Suffolk.

Boat on the River Waveney (c) Milo Bostock
Boat on the River Waveney © Milo Bostock

Look out for outdoor events

Brandon Country Park is a 30 acre site of parkland with an arboretum, a large pond, an historic walled garden and miles of nature trails. Look out for their programme of events, which includes bushcraft workshops, night time strolls and all sorts of outdoorsy adventures.

What's your favourite outdoor activity?

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