Now, we all love spending time together with family, friends and loved ones over the Christmas holidays - but after an overdose of festive food, drink and ‘The Sound of Music’, it’s quite nice to escape for an hour or so…
Why not leave behind the drones of the latest Xbox game and snoring relatives to take an exhilarating walk in the Suffolk countryside, on the coast or simply opt for a stroll through one of our quaint villages?
Wildlife is just as abundant in the winter as at any time of the year. A walk at RSPB Minsmere, in Suffolk, offers families and keen birdwatchers a great day out. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides.
In autumn and winter, many wading birds and swans, ducks and geese visit making it a twitcher's paradise! After the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, relax and take a more leisurely stroll through town without the crowds!
Discover the quintessential British seaside resort of Southwold by meandering along its pretty streets, through to the famous beach hut strewn coastline. Of course there should be an obligatory en route stop for refreshments too! You’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome at The Crown nestled in the High Street in the heart of Southwold. The buzzing, informal atmosphere is perfect for families, couples and friends alike and the emphasis on the delicious food is always ‘fresh, local and seasonal’.
Blow the cobwebs away with a bracing walk along one of The Suffolk Coasts' many award-winning beaches. A perfect place to take the family dog too, if he’s been feeling a bit neglected during the frenzy of Christmas preparations! Choose from the golden sands of Lowestoft, stretching through to Pakefield and Kessingland, fabulous Felixstowe or the enchanting beach at Aldeburgh.
There's a fantastic selection of walking routes along the Suffolk Coast. There are routes suitable for all levels of interest and ability, so whether you're a serious long distance walker or just fancy a short stroll in some beautiful countryside, there's bound to be something suitable. The Suffolk Coast AONB have produced a series of walking guides which you can download and print off below to help get you off on the right foot and keep you on track! You can check for any footpath changes and updates to routes here before setting off.
Wherever you choose to take you festive footsteps, you are likely to return home feeling invigorated and ready for another portion of Christmas pudding!