The Suffolk Walking Festival


Over 70 walks. 14th – 29th May 2022

Welcome to the Suffolk Walking Festival. Created in 2007 the festival is one of the largest and longest running (and we think one of the best!) walking festivals in the country.

The festival takes place every May and celebrates Suffolk’s natural landscapes and built heritage with guided walks in every corner of the county.

The festival started life as the Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival with just 30 walks in the central part of the county. In 2010 it gained support across Suffolk to become the Suffolk Walking Festival. In 2012 a long-distance multi-day walk named The Challenge Walk was launched, and in 2018 the Fringe Festival, an opportunity to get close to nature in the very heart of the countryside, was introduced.

The festival is a great way to discover parts of Suffolk you perhaps never knew existed, learn about the county’s fascinating and ancient history, and make new friends whilst walking and talking! There is something for everyone, from short walks to long walks, family walks to history walks, even a night walk.

In 2019 the festival left an extraordinary 29 million footprints across the county! We’re delighted to meet so many people each year who make a special journey from all over the UK and abroad to join us on the Suffolk Walking Festival.

We hope you enjoy the Suffolk Walking Festival as much as the festival team enjoy putting it together.

View the full programme

Explore the full programme for the walking festival

Check specific dates

Check an event date using the event calendar

Download the Festival Leaflet

Download your own copy of the festival leaflet (pdf)

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Our Patron

Lesley Dolphin is the afternoon presenter on BBC Radio Suffolk. Lesley is a keen walker and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the full coastline of Suffolk in just 24 hours! We are delighted to have Lesley as the patron of the Suffolk Walking Festival.

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

“I'm so excited with the programme for this year's Suffolk Walking Festival. I know as the patron that I am bound to say that, but it's true. We live in a beautiful county and we are constantly being told to take more exercise so here is the event that ties those together. For over 2 weeks from the 14th May there will be lots of opportunities to get out and take a stroll or stomp and learn about Suffolk. Amongst the 70 walks there is an opportunity to take a walk with a Ranger on Orford Ness, see the dragon in an outstanding landscape, find your favourite coast and woodland walks along Suffolk’s iconic coastline. David Falk and his team have worked really hard to organise events in every corner of Suffolk and to create a walk to suit you, so have a browse and book yourself in! I've dusted off my trainers and I can't wait to get walking – see you there!!”

Lesley Dolphin Producer/Presenter BBC Radio Suffolk

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Our Sponsor

Thank you to the East of England Co-op who kindly sponsor the Suffolk Walking Festival.

Our Partners

The Suffolk Walking Festival could never happen without the generosity of so many throughout the county, and this year is no exception. Thank you to all our contributors, supporters and partners – we couldn't do it without you!

BBC Radio Suffolk logo
EADT Suffolk logo
Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB logo
Dedham Vale AONB logo
Churches Conservation Trust logo
Logo of the River Stour Trust
RSPB logo
The Ramblers logo
Norfolk and Suffolk Long Distance Walkers Association
Walkers Are Welcome logo
GuideEast logo
Ipswich Tourist Guides logo
OneLife Suffolk logo
Clare Castle Country Park logo
Nordic Walking East Anglia logo
National Trust logo
Thornham Walks logo
Babergh Mid-Suffolk Councils logo
East Suffolk Council logo
Ipswich Borough Council logo
West Suffolk Council logo
Visit Suffolk logo
Discover Suffolk logo
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Discover Suffolk

Walk | Ride | Discover

Discover Suffolk is a Suffolk County Council project that promotes visiting Suffolk’s countryside. Discover all that our countryside has to offer with 100’s of walking, cycling and horse riding leaflets free to download.

New for 2022 is the Discover Suffolk outdoor app, your guide to walking 100’s of trails across the county. Download the new app for your app store. New walks are being added all the time.

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