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Roundup of The Suffolk Walking Festival 2016

Hippocrates said that ‘walking is man’s best medicine’ - the organising team of the Suffolk Walking Festival would agree whole heartedly that ambulating in the fresh air benefits both the body and soul!

As 2016 is officially Suffolk’s Year of Walking, the festival has surpassed itself by kicking the campaign off with a whopping 78 wonderful walks in the festival programme!

And, there’s really no excuse not to take part as there are walks to suit all… fun walks, long walks, short walks, walks with your dog and walks with the kids, ambling to rambling – The list seems endless!

If you’re thinking that this walking malarkey all sounds a bit of a yawn, then you might want to think again, there is so much more to this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival than one would expect…

The festival launch walk takes place at RSPB Minsmere so you can appreciate all the wonders of SpringWatch en-route. Just one of many walks which takes in the fascinating wildlife and nature on The Suffolk Coast.

Inhale that salty sea air with a stroll starting at the South Pier Lowestoft finishing at the much loved Southwold Pier. You’ll certainly be ready to celebrate your achievement with a refreshing cuppa or two at the cafe to recharge the batteries!

Kids will love the walk in the park followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic and even walkers with very young children in buggies have lots of routes planned with them in mind.

Your four legged friend will be super excited to find they can join you on 32 of the ‘walkies’ on offer – Make sure they have plenty of fresh water to keep those tails wagging to the finish!

Accessibility of the Suffolk Walking Festival has been paramount this year. The organisers have made sure that 12 routes are suitable for wheelchair users too.

Have you ever thought that you just might meet the love of your life whilst strolling through the Suffolk Countryside? If you’re on the lookout for that special person, make sure you sign up for the Speed Dating Walk, it’s a great ice breaker and you may well need someone to tend to your blistered feet the next day!

Take The Suffolk Walking Festival in your stride this year and find out the best routes for you!


Things to see and do


Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B Visitors Centre

Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK. The visitor centre offers a unique insight into this technology in an interactive exhibition, there is also a classroom facility and the opportunity to pre book a tour of the power station.

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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Dog friendly


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

events


Beccles Food & Drink Festival

Beccles Food & Drink Festival

Beccles | Sat 28th May 2016

Following last year's inaugural festival the Beccles Food & Drink Festival is will now an annual event for the vibrant market town

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Body and Soul Walk

Body and Soul Walk

Orford | Sat 28th May 2016

Explore the historic town that once had a buzzing port, with the Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies team. Stroll along the winding river with its saltmarshes, oysterbeds, and mysterious buildings on Orford Ness as part of Suffolk Walking Festival 2016 


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WHERE TO EAT


Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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Free wifi Dog friendly