Saturday, 13th of May sees the launch of the 10th Suffolk Walking Festival and we are all invited along to party in style with National Trust tea and cake at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge. An extravaganza of eleven walks is organised for launch day, including the evocatively named Time Traveller’s Guide to Sutton Hoo, the Gruesome Graves Family Tour and the slightly less grisly-sounding Myth and Magic walk.

Suffolk Walking Festival

The 2017 festival with over 100 guided walks around the county is on until Sunday, 4th June and has walks of varying lengths to cater to different groups: families, casual walkers, quite serious walkers and there is one walk – the Mega Challenge – aimed squarely at endurance walkers who are willing to tackle 63 miles in 30 hours.

Walking in Suffolk, the Heart of Suffolk

The ever-popular Challenge Walk series (four walks over four consecutive days) will take walkers along the beautiful Stour Valley Path, through Constable Country and the Dedham Vale AONB, Sudbury, Long Melford and on to Newmarket.

Other highlights include We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea, a 12 mile walk on the Shotley Peninsula to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the publication of Arthur Ransome’s book of the same name; walks around the Helmingham Hall estate, looking at their ‘veteran’ trees; a Speed-Dating Walk in Lavenham and the Melford to Lavenham Pillbox Trail walk, much of which is on the scenic (and disused) railway line between the two villages.

Walking at Alton Water Park, Suffolk

There are many guided walks on offer in the Heart of Suffolk outside of the Suffolk Walking Festival too. Keep an eye on our events pages and don’t forget our regular walks around Lavenham and Sudbury throughout the year.

If you want to make a walking holiday of it, do browse the accommodation pages of our website and take your pick from a good selection of elegant hotels, friendly B&Bs and cosy holiday cottages.

A Suffolk Walking Festival brochure is available to download, or paper copies can be requested by emailing suffolk.walkingfestival@suffolk.gov.uk.

Tickets can be purchased via the Suffolk Walking Festival website: www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk or at our tourist information centres in Lavenham, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

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