Explore Suffolk with the Suffolk Walking Festival

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This month sees the return of the enormously popular Suffolk Walking Festival, which is taking place between 10th May and 1st June 2014. Back for the seventh year running, this fantastic festival encourages locals and holidaymakers to dust off their walking boots and explore this stunningly beautiful county on foot. With over 80 walks planned, there’s something to suit everyone from gentle strolls around market towns to longer saunters through the glorious countryside. It’s also a great way to get involved in National Walking Month, which is taking place throughout May. Read on for our guide to some of the best events planned for the Suffolk Walking Festival.

Walks in the Suffolk Countryside

Chelsworth, Suffolk

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For many people, walking is all about getting out into the countryside so it’s great news that the Suffolk Walking Festival has planned a large number of walks in which you’ll be able to take in and enjoy Suffolk’s natural beauty. From Nordic walking to tours around vineyards, there’s something to tickle everybody’s fancy. Why not try The Two Festivals Walk on Sunday 25th May at 10.00am? This walk takes place between the picturesque Suffolk villages of Bildeston and Chelsworth, taking in the rolling countryside in-between. Each village has a typically English feel with pretty houses, pubs and towering churches. You can even finish your walk with a delicious lunch at the Bildeston Beer Festival or The Peacock in Chelsworth.

Walks in Ipswich

Ipswich marina

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Fancy something a little different? Take a look at the selection of walks in larger towns and villages happening during the festival. One that’s sure to go down a treat is The Horrible History of Ipswich Walk, taking place on Wednesday 28th May at 10.30am. Walkers will get to step back in time and discover more about the gory side to Ipswich’s history, including the diseases, punishments, executions and grave robberies which once took place here.

Walks for Children

Nowton Park in Suffolk

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If you’re keen to take part but not sure whether the kids will enjoy it, then don’t worry as the Suffolk Walking Festival has even planned a few walks especially for children. One of our favourites is the Awesome Trees Walk planned for Sunday 1st June at 2.30pm. Held at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds, this walk will take around 2 hours to complete and is guided by a park ranger. During the walk, you’ll learn all about the fascinating trees growing in Nowton Park and children will love the gigantic Redwoods and the lightning struck Douglas tree!

Rent a holiday cottage in Suffolk

Holiday cottage in Suffolk

Faith Cottage, Felsham, Ref 1934

Here at Sykes, we are lucky enough to have some very beautiful self-catering cottages in Suffolk. If you’re taking part in the Suffolk Walking Festival or considering taking a holiday there later in the year, then how about booking a cottage for your trip? To find out more about our cottages in Suffolk, you can either visit our website or give one of our dedicated reservations specialists a call on 01244 356 695. They’re on hand to help 7 days a week, from 9.00am to 9.30pm.

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Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

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