Suffolk Walking Festival 2023 Newsletter 7

The Suffolk Walking Festival is here!

Saturday 13th May – Sunday 28th May 2023

The 15th instalment of the Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off tomorrow at Thornham Walks with four walks that explore this historic estate and the beautiful surrounding countryside. We look forward to welcoming those who have reserved tickets for the launch, and it looks like we are going to have good weather too (fingers-crossed)!

Tickets still Available!

Opportunities to take part

We have been blown away by the demand for tickets this year, more so than ever before. Currently over 95% of tickets have been allocated but there are still plenty of opportunities to join in with 70 available places on walks across the two-week festival. Head over to our ticket shop on our website to check out current availability.

Handpicked Highlights.

Walk 15. A Parish Boundary Walk for Rogation Day

Take part in an ancient tradition, “Beating the Bounds”, on this long-distance walk, following the parish boundary of St Mary’s with St Peter’s. Monday 15th May. 10am – 3pm. £8.00. Bury St Edmunds.

Walk 36. Exploring Clare

Passing some ‘hidden gems’, this guided walk will uncover Clare’s direct connections with the Domesday Book, Magna Carta, the Battle of Bannockburn, Katherine of Aragon and Charles Dickens’ Scrooge. Saturday 20th May. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £7.00. Clare.

Walk 48. Broxted Estate Accessible Walk

Specifically for accompanied wheelchair users and unaccompanied motorised wheelchair users, this flat route, takes participants on a circuit of the Broxted Estate via wide hard gravel or tarmacked paths. Tuesday 23rd May. 10.30am – 12pm. £FREE. Stradishall.

Walk 52. A Delight with Trees

Spend a couple of hours in the heart of Thornham Walks looking at the diverse collection of timber and ornamental trees that have been planted over the centuries on this estate. Wednesday 24th May. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £8.00. Thornham Magna.

Walk 65. Shinrin-Yoku.

Looking to boost your health and wellbeing? Why not take part in a Forest Bathing session at this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival! Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing is a Japanese meditative practice designed to help promote feelings of calmness and relaxation whilst immersing yourself in the atmosphere of nature. Saturday 27th June. 10am – 1pm. £18.00. Great Cornard.

Longer Walks.

If you are looking for something more challenging or just a longer walk here are some suggestions for you:

Walk 25. A Stroll at Stutton

Take in the beauty of the Stour Estuary at Stutton along this walk exploring the area around Holbrook Bay.  We also visit Alton Water and hope to see some alpacas and highland cattle. Thursday 18th May. 10.00am – 4pm. £10.00. Stutton.

Walk 30. Hawkedon Horizons

Explore the rolling hills of Suffolk and the idyllic green villages of Hawkedon, Denston and Stansfield near Bury St Edmunds. Friday 19th May. 10am – 4pm. £10.00. Hawkedon.

Walk 54. Martlesham Meander

A long-distance walk from Martlesham Creek following the banks of the River Deben to Woodbridge and beyond. Wednesday 24th May. 10.00am – 4pm. £10.00. Martlesham.

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