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Suffolk's Annual Walking Festival: the largest in the country

Suffolk’s walking festival is one of the main outdoor social events of the year! Accruing 24 million footprints last year, the festival marches across countryside and coast and is undoubtedly the best way to see our glorious county.

2019 brings amazing diversity and breadth of walks and events, so you may discover parts of Suffolk you never knew existed. From short to long stretches, walks with a sheepdog, ones involving a river cruise or jeep ride to a night safari! Spend days wild crafting, hearing about tales by the riverbank and developing your art and photography skills. Delve into the more curious side of Suffolk with murder, myths and magic. And there's the annual Challenge Walk which follows the East Suffolk Line Walks, covering eighty miles in five days between Lowestoft on the Suffolk Coast and the maritime town of Ipswich.


The Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off on Saturday 11th May and runs until Sunday, 2nd June. Enjoy!

Search the walk and fringe programme of more than 120 walks!

Here’s our starter for eight…

SWF 2019Experienced to novice, this year's walking festival offers a walk for everyone
Suffolk Walking Festival 2019

Walk with a Shepherd and Sheepdog

This walk is slightly alternative, so if you’re looking for a guide with a difference, then this is for you. Here we head to Orford Ness on the Suffolk Coast - an internationally important coastal nature reserve with a fascinating 20th-century military history. Gain exclusive access to parts of the Ness National Nature Reserve and meet Kite, their sheepdog! The resident Ranger will tell you all about sheep husbandry and how they help manage the Reserve.

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Walks with Kite in Orford

Kite, the sheepdog, paves the way in Orford

Make your Mark Art Walk at The Red House

Join the professional artist, Kasia Posen, as you take in the inspiring landscape surrounding the former home of Benjamin Britten and Pears in Aldeburgh. Using found natural materials and inks, experience mark-making and sketch what you see, hear and experience along the way. No experience necessary.

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The Red House SWF 2019Explore the former home of Benjamin Britten, The Red House - Photo © Philip Vile

Suffolk Icons - Young Photographer's Workshop

Suffolk based, professional photographer, Phil Morley, delivers photography workshops exploring and capturing the beauty of Suffolk landscapes. "Young Photographers Workshop" will aid young people to discover and explore the world of photography. Taking place in the lovely surroundings of West Stow Country Park, this is sure to be a very popular event.

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SWF 2019The Young Photographers Workshops at West Stow

Tales of the Riverbank

With kids in tow, take a creative journey and let a magical story unfold making a "journey stick", "wishing wands", and "willow hearts" before creating a very magical story. This event slightly stands out from the rest in that it takes a more personal turn – held at the owner's home, a smallholding tucked on the banks of the River Rattlesden. Meet goats, fish and play pooh sticks!
 
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Suffolk Walking Festival 2019Tales of the riverbank, part of the Suffolk Walking Festival

Discover Kessingland

Take in the fresh air of the East Coast on a walk at Kessingland. Follow the route across uneven ground on a mix of sand and dunes, stopping occasionally to take in the view and refuel. By the end, you’ll know more about Kessingland than a local.

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Kessingland Beach SWF19Kessingland on the Suffolk Coast

Ipswich Maritime Trail and Sail

 Join Topsail's historian for a one-hour guided walk around Ipswich Dock, followed by a river cruise to Pin Mill and back on board sailing barge Thistle, built 1895. Learn about the history of the Thames barges and their role and influence on the county town of Ipswich.

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SWF 2019Walk and sail with Suffolk Walking Festival

Nature Spotter's Walk

Discover the magic of Bradfield Woods Nature Reserve, one of Britain's finest ancient woodlands. So unique, it has been managed continuously since 1252, with some Ash coppice stools thought to be over 1,000 years old.

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SWF 2019Discover the ancient woodlands of Bradfield, located in West Suffolk

Santon Downham Walk

Join this circular walk at Santon Downham in Thetford, along the beautiful River Little Ouse. Spot the covert bat hibernaculum, the remains of St Helens Church and the bridge that was used in an episode of Dad's Army. With luck, the Rhododendrons may be in flower.

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SWF 2019Walking the Suffolk Coast!

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