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Suffolk Walking Festival

find your adventure: walking & hiking in Suffolk

People love walking and hiking in Suffolk so much there's even a walking festival dedicated to it; in fact, it's one of the largest in the country. Coupled with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, jaw-dropping landscapes and camera-turning scenery, Suffolk is the place to visit this spring.

The Challenge WalkTest your stamina at this year's Suffolk Walking Festival Challenge Walk

Suffolk Walking festival

The opportunities for walking and hiking in the county are such that there’s even an annual walking festival dedicated to it; walks cover the breadth of the county and is notably one of the biggest in the UK. For this year's Suffolk Walking Festival, it’s well worth keeping abreast with events taking place in late spring/early summer. This year it starts on the 11th May and runs until 2nd June. Select from more than 120 walks, with walking abilities ranging from mild to hardcore, countryside to coast.

The Suffolk Walking Festival 2018Ardent followers of the Suffolk Walking Festival which is held every spring

coastal path walks

With Suffolk boasting two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), there’s no better place for a stroll with your loved ones. All along the Suffolk coastal path, you’ll discover jaw-dropping landscapes that will make you reach for your camera at every twist and turn. Wander from Sizewell to Aldeburgh (approx. 1:33 hours) and you’ll pass through the stunning location of Thorpeness, famous for its House in the Clouds and fabulous Thorpeness Meare. In fact, it’s such a beautiful location that you may wish to do a circuit around the historic village itself. Alternatively, enjoy the 3-mile stunningly scenic walk from Snape to Iken (approx. 1 hour) and take a picnic to enjoy on the cliff!

Other recognised walks include the Sandlings Walk trails which run through Rendlesham Forest and Snape

Reed beds at SnapeTake the Sailor's Path from Snape (pictured) to Aldeburgh, Suffolk's quintessential seaside town

Secret walks

For a more casual stroll, you can wander around the grounds of Framlingham Castle, made famous by the locally raised singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran. Or take in the pretty and quiet coastal village of Orford where Suffolk’s other castle resides on a hill!

For a hidden gem, discover the “Devil’s Dyke”, also known as Devil's Ditch', which sits just outside Newmarket, forming a straight line almost 7 miles in length and up to 10m high (thought to be constructed in Anglo Saxon Times).

You’ve also got the stunning Ickworth House Park and Gardens. Conversely, a snoop and brisk walk around Old Felixstowe is just the tonic all-year-around. If you don't fancy the obstacles at Alton Water, you can always go for a much more relaxed walk around the park.

Discover further great walks in Suffolk here
Framlingham Castle The much-loved Framlingham Castle which Ed Sheeran sang about in 'Castle on the Hill'

Historic trails

Enjoy following one of Ipswich's historic walking trails exploring the 1,000 year history of the town from Anglo-Saxon beginnings, maritime promienence and Victorian revival. Follow the Blue Plaque trail and discover the stories of some of Ipswich's (and the UK's!) most important figures.

The historic Wool Town of Clare has become only the second town in Suffolk to be accredited with a Walkers are Welcome (WaW) status – a national initiative which promotes walker-friendly towns. There are six circular walks varying in length from 19 miles (Bury St Edmunds to Clare) to 1½ miles (Clare Town Trail). A new walk has recently been created called the Magna Carta Way. This runs from Clare Castle to Castle Hedingham; two sites linked by the involvement of their barons in the creation of Magna Carta, endorsed by King John in June 1215.

Retrace the steps of royalty in Newmarket on a history and heritage walking tour of the town. Learn how the royal influence shaped the town in its current guise as the global Home of Horseracing. Sights of interest include Palace House, once the home of King Charles II, and the historic Jockey Club Rooms, which has been the venue for visits by royalty, Prime Ministers and other famous faces.

Clare in SuffolkClare is one of Suffolk's historic 'Wool Towns' and runs the Walkers are Welcome scheme

Pub walks

There’s nothing quite like a bracing walk along the beach, followed by a delicious pub meal and pint of Southwold’s famous Adnams ale. In partnership with the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these pub walks incorporate some of the coast’s most picturesque coastal scenes, with a good selection of Adnams’ pubs to boot. Be sure to try their signature ale, Ghost Ship, whilst tucking into a steaming hot plate of locally caught fish (and chips).
Adnams Southwold SuffolkTake an Adnams Brewery Tour in Southwold - the 'beer town'

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Suffolk Walking Festival Explore Suffolk's waterways by foot at this year's Suffolk Walking Festival

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