This year’s Suffolk Walking Festival’s 16-day programme offers over 70 delightful walks over 350 miles across Suffolk’s beautiful landscapes. Walk with an archaeologist in the Valley of the Kings at very heart of an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom. Explore the heart of The Brecks in a unique landscape of gorse-covered sandy chalk soils characterised by purple heathland, tall pines and rare wildlife. Uncover the hidden history of West Stow Country Park. Discover the Island of Secrets on the mysterious Orford Ness. Experience Spring Wildlife at RSPB Minsmere. Meet the Blyth Otter Group watching estuary birds at Hen Reedbeds. Learn about the poet Edward Fitzgerald. Spectacular riverside walks include a River Orwell Ramble, a Martlesham Meander, and Waldringfield Wander along the River Deben. You can also try some Japanese Shinrin-yoku Forest Bathing. And there’s starlit adventure on a woodland night exploration at Sutton Hoo. The brand new 4 day Challenge Walk will take you through five beautiful medieval Wool Towns in South Suffolk!
Back this year are the ever-popular Walk n’ Water River trips with a boat in Sudbury; an exclusive walk with Sweep the sheepdog on Orford Ness; a twilight safari in an ancient woodland; and the intriguing stories of ancient smugglers and shipping routes on Dunwich Heath. Lots of walks for everyone, heritage trails, and foraging walks including cream teas.
The festival kicks off at Thornham Walks on Saturday 13 May with refreshments and 5 launch jaunts. It then runs every day until 28thMay. Tickets are on sale from early March.
Visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk for more details of the programme, sign up to regular newsletters, and your buy tickets early!