The 2018 Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off in May and with over 120 walks and events this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and most ambitious festival to date.
The Walking Festival spans the whole county and with walks of different lengths and different themes there is bound to be something to excite you.
You can kick start your day with a Dawn Chorus Walk and end it on a Twilight Safari. Have a go at Nordic Walking and realise the power in your legs! Or spend a day discovering GeoCaching and seek out the treasures dotted around the landscape. The festival has history walks, nature walks, short walks and long walks. You can discover England’s Silk Capital, the Home of Horse Racing and a Valley of the Kings.
This year also sees the launch of the Walking Festival Fringe, a series of exciting and imaginative events that get you close to nature in the very heart of the countryside. "Iconic Images" is a series of photo assignments capturing some of the best-known scenes in the county. "Hedgerow Cream Tea" allows you to gather your very own afternoon feast. And “Mindfulness and Nature” immerses you in the landscape of Dunwich Heath with a meditative experience.
For those who want to really stretch their legs there is the Challenge Walk. Covering over 70 miles in just 4 days, the Challenge Walk will trek between Southwold and Ipswich, exploring the marshes of Walberswick, the forests of Dunwich, Tunstall and Rendlesham and the heaths of Hollesley, Sutton and Westleton.
Why not turn your Suffolk Walking Festival into a short break? Suffolk is full of amazing places to stay and you can find your perfect self-catering home-from-home with the festival’s official accommodation partner Suffolk Secrets.
With over 500 cottages in prime locations they are bound to have the perfect holiday home just for you. Visit their full portfolio at www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk
The Festival runs from Saturday May 12th until Sunday June 3rd. Visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk
for details of all 125 events and how to buy tickets. Visit your local Tourist Information Centre or library for a copy of the brochure.
Suffolk Walking Festival