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Welcome to the VIRTUAL

Suffolk Walking Festival 2021!

Saturday 22 May – Monday 31 May

The Suffolk Walking Festival is one of the country’s largest and longest running walking events. In May we normally have over 100 walks and events for you to enjoy over a 3-week period. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have cancelled this year’s guided event, but are delighted to launch the very first VIRTUAL Suffolk Walking Festival!

The new 10-day virtual festival will have a changing daily programme and sees the launch of a brand new Suffolk Walking Festival podcast.

Complete our survey (available soon) to enter the draw to win 4 tickets to next year’s festival, a year’s subscription to the Suffolk Magazine and £30 of vouchers for the East of England Co-op!

I hope you enjoy the first Virtual Suffolk Walking Festival and we look forward to greeting and leading you again in 2022.

David Falk

Festival Director

Image of Leslie Dolphin in a blue and white floral top. She is smiling and standing in front of a large white rose bush and a blue sign

A message from our patron

Although the Suffolk Walking Festival can’t happen as a group activity this year I`m thrilled it’s going ahead online. Walking is something most of us have been able to do through the lockdowns and so hopefully more of you than ever will have a look and head out on some of the walks that are featured.

I know many people have discovered places near to their homes that they had never enjoyed before – and this is an opportunity to get out and discover bits of our lovely county that you’ve not visited before. It’s also a chance for you to tell us about your favourite bits of Suffolk. Getting into our countryside and enjoying the birds, flowers and wildlife is so good for the soul as we have learnt. Thank you David Falk and team for making this happen.

Happy Walking!

Lesley Dolphin

Producer/Presenter BBC Radio Suffolk

Follow us on facebook, twitter, and Instagram and come back to the website to see brand new exciting stuff everyday for 10 days from Saturday 22 May until Monday 31 May.

You can also find everything from the previous days too, so there’s no need to miss out on any of the fun!

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walk of the day

Every day we will introduce you to a different fabulous place to walk in Suffolk.


We will tell you a bit about it (including the approximate distance of the walk and roughly how long it might take) and you will be able to download the full Discover Suffolk walks leaflet for a map and other suggested routes in the area.

A view of Suffolk from an Ordnance Survey map
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easy going trail of the day

Discover Suffolk has developed 18 easy to follow trails to help everyone get close to nature in Suffolk’s countryside. Each trail is designed to be straightforward to follow and on generally level ground.

Each day throughout the festival we will pick one of our favourite easy going trails and will tell you a bit about it and give you a link to download the full leaflet. We will also tell you what facilities are available to make your trip easier.

did you know……..

Each day we will reveal a fascinating fact about somewhere in Suffolk!

A Suffolk Pink thatched cottage set next to a narrow road and bordered by small green trees and shrubs
A walk leader in an orange high-vis vest leading a line of walkers on a wooden boardwalk through a reedbed on a sunny day
A line of walkers walking through a green field in the background, with a waymarker disc for the East Suffolk Lines Walk attached the a wooden post in the foreground
A large group of walkers cheering outside the exhibit hall at Sutton Hoo with Raedwald's rust-orange mask looking down on them
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each day we will share new video………

……..and audio content from our fantastic contributors

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A large group of walkers cheering outside the exhibit hall at Sutton Hoo with Raedwald's rust-orange mask looking down on them
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where am I?

Every day throughout the festival we will be asking you to guess ‘where am I?’ We will give you facts about our mystery location and you can find out the answer the following day.

BIG CLUE: all the destinations have Discover Suffolk walk leaflets…….

At Discover Suffolk we have come up with 40 FUN and FABULOUS seasonal activities to inspire your family to leave the living room behind and get exploring Suffolk’s great outdoors.

We have chosen one activity for each day of the Festival, but you can find all 40 over on the Discover Suffolk website!

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Suffolk's Fab40 logo

You can download your free FAB40 guide (opens a PDF document in a new window) and tick off your activities as you go.

The guide may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Contact us to ask for help and request an accessible format.

stop and listen……….

A grassy woodland path edged with bluebells

Take a mindful minute to relax and immerse yourself in a beautiful sound bath every day

Plus, each day we will have a fascinating recording from one of our amazing festival volunteers

A line of walkers listening to a talk being given in a grassy meadow next to a canal
Holywells Park pond

my Suffolk your Suffolk

Every day throughout the festival we’ve asked people to tell us about their favourite Suffolk walk. Here, we will bring you their personal stories about what makes it special and why they love it.

A Thames Barge on the river at Snape

Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice


If you’re using Suffolk’s public rights of way or open access network please stay local, stick to areas you are familiar with, and make sure that you comply with government social distancing guidelines at all times. Please stick to the public rights of way and avoid trespassing.

Our Partners

The Suffolk Walking Festival couldn’t happen without the generosity and commitment of so many throughout the county and throughout the year, and this year is no exception. Thanks you to all our contributors and supporters and partners – we couldn’t do it without you!

Suffolk Secrets logo
BBC Radio Suffolk logo
EADT Suffolk logo
East of England Co-op logo
Clare Castle Country Park logo
Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB logo
Dedham Vale AONB logo
Churches Conservation Trust logo
Natural England logo
National Trust logo
Ipswich Tourist Guides logo
GuideEast logo
Landguard Partnership logo
Norfolk and Suffolk Long Distance Walkers Association
Walkers Are Welcome logo
Thornham Walks logo
Suffolk Archives logo
RSPB logo
River Stour Trust logo
Nordic Walking East Anglia logo
Big Sky Mind Mindfulness logo
Sudbury Town Council logo
Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers logo
Broads Authority logo
Babergh Mid-Suffolk Councils logo
West Suffolk Council logo
Visit Suffolk logo
Ipswich Borough Council logo
East Suffolk Council logo
The Ramblers logo
OneLife Suffolk logo
Screen Suffolk logo
Blue and white logo for Suffolk County Council
Discover Suffolk logo
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