Suffolk Walking Festival 2023 Newsletter 6

Only 50 days to go!

It’s time to get those walking boots ready as we continue the countdown to the 2023 Suffolk Walking Festival.

There are now only 50 days until we launch the 15th instalment of the festival at Thornham Walks and tickets are flying off the shelves. Over 77% of tickets have now been allocated but there is still plenty of choice across the two weeks of the festival if you want to join us – don’t delay, book today!

Festival Highlights

Beating the Bounds

Revive an ancient tradition.

In 2023, the Suffolk Walking Festival programme features a couple of longer walks based around the ancient custom of ‘Beating the Bounds’. This ancient tradition was a method of maintaining a shared knowledge of a parish’s boundaries within the local community long before the invent of high-quality mapping and involved the beating of local landmarks with branches.


Looking to boost your health and wellbeing?

Why not take part in one of our Forest Bathing sessions 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. Your walk leader will take you through a series of mindfulness, meditative and engaging activities in Great Cornard Country Park.

Find out more and to book a session:

Rambling with Clare Balding

Recently, Walking Festival Director and Green Access Manager, David Falk, appeared on the popular Radio 4 walking show ‘Ramblings’ with Clare Balding. David, who was also joined by the Patron of the Suffolk Walking Festival, Lesley Dolphin, took Clare for a walk and talk around West Stow Country Park and along the Icknield Way through the King’s Forest in the Northwest of the County.  

You can also follow in their footsteps and walk the route used in the show via the Discover Suffolk App. In the App search for “Rambling with Clare Balding” to experience the delightful 4 mile, circular route and experience the Brecks landscape of open heathlands, vast forests, and ancient tracks for yourself. You could even listen and walk at the same time!

Training Inspiration

If you are joining us for one of our longer walks or giving yourself a challenge, why not download our free Discover Suffolk App to help you with your training. On the app you will find a suite of self-guided trails to follow as well as Ordnance Survey mapping covering the whole of the county. You can use the tracking feature to keep a log of your mileage and build up your fitness on the run up to the festival.

The App is free to download and use and is available on both Apple and Android devices. 

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