The Suffolk Walking Festival

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Join us every May as we celebrate Suffolk

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 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 night walks.

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 2024 festival launches on Saturday 11th May and we’re delighted to be hosted once again at the beautiful Thornham Estate with a discovery tour of the estate’s natural history; a tasty stroll foraging the estate’s woodlands; and a step back in time along a 900-year old Drove Road.

Over the following 2-weeks we’ll explore every corner of Suffolk. We re-visit Orford Ness – an island full of secrets! enjoy more mindfulness moments in an ancient wood, and relax again on a river trip before a gentle amble. New for 2024 we venture into the vast Broads National Park, turn a hand to creative writing on a Haiku walk, and join Ambling African Women, a new walking group based in Ipswich, for a guided walk along the Sailors Path at Snape.

The full festival programme is released along with ticket sales on 1st March 2024. Follow the festival on Facebook for latest news.

We look forward to walking with you soon!