2022 Festival Programme


The Suffolk Walking Festival is back for 2022 with a 16-day programme of over 70 walks, covering 400 miles! Whether you enjoy exploring outstanding landscapes, seascapes, and rivers, watching wildlife and seasonal spectacles, or learning more about Suffolk’s local history. There is bound to be a walk for you!

Highlights in this year’s line-up include a 12-mile Bluebell Walk starting at Wherstead, taking in bluebells, ancient woodlands, and the spectacular Alton Water Reservoir. The chance to tune into bats and owls in ancient woodlands, spot a badger on walk in Haverhill and meet the Grandmother Tree at Knettishall Heath. Encounter alien invaders and hear about the mystery of the ice age River Saracens along the River Orwell. Go for a gentle stroll along the River Lark into water meadows and a nature reserve. See the contemporary glass installation ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ in abbey ruins along the Suffolk Coast at Minsmere. Discover the history of the wool trade and the history of Lavenham on the Woads, Weavers and Wizards Walk. Push yourself and take part in 3 challenging walks, all starting from the Abbey Gardens, exploring landscapes North, South and East of Bury St Edmunds. And if you’re an experienced Nordic Walker – there are also 2 scenic Nordic Walks with stunning views for you to enjoy.

We hope you enjoy this festival as much and the Festival team enjoy putting it together. Happy walking!

Look up walk numbers below in the programme

Launch Jaunts

Join us and Clare Walkers for the launch of the 14th annual Suffolk Walking Festival in the historic and atmospheric surroundings of Clare Castle Country Park.

The park has a long and fascinating history: it was occupied by the Romans; named ‘Clara’ in the Doomsday Book; has a rich history linked to the Norman de Clare family who built the 11th century castle; lost much of the castle’s stonework to building the town; and has the only railway within the grounds of a castle! Today the park is a haven of tranquillity and wildlife with nature trails, the excellent Station Café, and the 60ft castle motte providing wonderful views.

The festival launch starts at 10:30 with refreshments and nibbles and is open to all who book on one of our Launch Jaunts. We’ll have a welcome at 11:00 from Lesley Dolphin, BBC Radio Suffolk’s afternoon presenter and the Festival Patron. There are then 2 “Launch Jaunts” from 11:30: A short stroll through historic Clare Castle Country Park to see its varied green space habitats and heritage; and a walk into the beautiful Upper Stour Valley viewing Clare's natural and unique built heritage.

Get your tickets and we look forward to seeing you at the launch on 14th May.

People cheering at Suffolk Walking Festival

Full Festival Listing

Please read the walk information page before booking a walk

For booking queries contact the box office on 07850 883185

Saturday 14th May 2022

11:30am

(1) Launch Walk – Clare and the Upper Stour Valley

Clare

SOLD OUT

11:30am

(2) Launch Walk – Exploring Clare Castle Country Park

Clare

SOLD OUT

09:30am

(3) Bluebell Walk

Wherstead

12 miles

14:00pm

(4) Eye Airfield Runway Walk

Yaxley

SOLD OUT

19:45pm

(5) Barking, Bats and Birch

Barking

SOLD OUT

Sunday 15th May 2022

09:30am

(6) Westleton Wiggle

Westleton

13 miles

10:00am

(7) Walk n'Water, Sudbury and Great Cornard Riverside

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(8) Glorious Christchurch Park

Ipswich

3 miles

14:30pm

(9) Kettles, Brooks and Bricks

Framlingham

SOLD OUT

Monday 16th May 2022

10:00am

(10) An Industrious Town

Sudbury

2 miles

10:30am

(11) The Fields Tell A Story at Cavendish

Cavendish

3.5 miles

10:30am

(12) Circular walk from St Mary’s Church Akenham via St Peter’s Church Claydon

Akenham

3 miles

10:30am

(13) Outstanding Landscapes –Walberswick to Dunwich Forest Circular

Walberswick

SOLD OUT

11:00am

(14) Orwell to Alderman, a journey through time and space

Ipswich

3 miles

Tuesday 17th May 2022

09:30am

(15) Walk with a Ranger

Orford

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(16) Rolling Suffolk Landscapes, north of the Stour Valley

Long Melford

7 miles

10:15am

(17) Coast and Woodland Wonderment

Eastbridge

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(18) A Nordic Walk around Clare and the Upper Stour Valley

Clare

5 miles

11:00am

(19) Iconic Landscapes – From Dragons to Rewilding

Bures

7 miles

Wednesday 18th May 2022

10:00am

(20) Explore Ickworth Park

Horringer

3 miles

10:30am

(21) Inspiring Climate Action

Thornham

3 miles

10:30am

(22) Beaches and Bunkers

Lowestoft

SOLD OUT

11:30am

(23) Two Rivers Walk

Shotley

SOLD OUT

14:30pm

(24) The Red Barn Mystery

Polstead

3 miles

Thursday 19th May 2022

10:00am

(25) Walk n'Water, Sudbury and Great Henny

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(26) Is Kersey the most Picturesque Village in Suffolk

Hadleigh

12 miles

10:30am

(27) Sparrows Nest and Seafront Walk

Lowestoft

2 miles

11:00am

(28) Little Bradley and the beautiful Upper Stour

Little Bradley

SOLD OUT

Friday 20th May 2022

10:00am

(29) Hawkedon Horizons

Hawkedon

11 miles

10:30am

(30) Deben Valley Delights

Easton

SOLD OUT

14:00pm

(31) Woads, Weavers and Wizards

Lavenham

1.5 miles

18:00pm

(32) Eye Airfield Short Walk

Eye

SOLD OUT

Saturday 21st May 2022

10:30am

(33) The Two Counties Short Walk

Clare

2 miles

10:30am

(34) Walking Through The History Of Mendlesham

Mendlesham

SOLD OUT

13:00pm

(35) Hedgerow Forage and Cream Tea

Thornham

SOLD OUT

14:00pm

(36) Turbulence to Tranquility

Dunwich

SOLD OUT

14:00pm

(37) Walk the Centuries with Stowmarket Bells

Stowmarket

1.5 miles

Sunday 22nd May 2022

09:30am

(38) The Scenic Stour

Stutton

15 miles

10:00am

(39) Turbulence to Tranquility

Dunwich

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(40) Walk n'Water Sudbury and Great Cornard Riverside

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(41) Family Wildcrafts Walk

Brandon

2 miles

10:30am

(42) Walking through the History of Ipswich Waterfront

Ipswich

3 miles

Monday 23rd May 2022

09:30am

(43) North of the Abbey Gardens, The Grand Grounds

Bury St Edmunds

16 miles

10:00am

(44) RSPB Minsmere at 75

Westleton

2 miles

10:30am

(45) Circular Walk from St Mary’s Church in Capel via All Saint’s, Little Wenham

Capel St Mary

2.5 miles

14:00pm

(46) Shotley Point Stroll

Shotley Gate

SOLD OUT

Tuesday 24th May 2022

09:30am

(47) Walk with a Shepherd and Sheepdog

Orford

SOLD OUT

09:30am

(48) South of the Abbey Gardens, Hiking to Hawstead

Bury St Edmunds

16 miles

10:00am

(49) Moulton Three Churches Nordic Walk

Moulton

7 miles

10:00am

(50) The Granary, Three Mills and Our River

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

Wednesday 25th May 2022

09:30am

(51) East of the Abbey Gardens, Three Village Wander

Bury St Edmunds

18 miles

10:00am

(52) Guided Walk around Historic and Rural Eye

Eye

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(53) The Denes Dip Farm and Woodland Walk

Lowestoft

3 miles

18:00pm

(54) Badger Walk

Haverhill

SOLD OUT

Thursday 26th May 2022

10:30am

(55) River Lark Circular Walk

Mildenhall

3 miles

10:30am

(56) A Hill and a Valley Ramble, dipping a toe into Essex

Wiston

CANCELLED

10:30am

(57) Marltesham Creek with views of the River Deben

Martlesham

SOLD OUT

10:45am

(58) Lackford Lakes Circuit

Lackford

2.5 miles

Friday 27th May 2022

10:00am

(59) Roman Roads and River Crossings

Dennington

6 miles

10:00am

(60) Walk n'Water Sudbury and Great Henny

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(61) Fish Ponds, Country Lanes and Apple Orchards in Historic Eye

Eye

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(62) The River Deben at Sutton

Sutton

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(63) Knettishall Heath and Woodland Walk, meet the 'Grandmother Tree'

Knettishall

SOLD OUT

Saturday 28th May 2022

10:15am

(64) West Stow and Wordwell Wanderings

West Stow

13 miles

10:30am

(65) Clare and Cavendish Circular Walk

Clare

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(66) Shotley and Erwarton Farms and Rivers Walk

Shotley

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(67) Campfire Make and Bake

Thornham

2 miles

Sunday 29th May 2022

10:00am

(68) Flatford and Constable Country

East Bergholt

SOLD OUT

10:00am

(69) Walk n'Water Sudbury and Great Cornard Riverside

Sudbury

SOLD OUT

10:30am

(70) Circular walk from St Mary’s Church, West Stow via All Saints Church, Wordwell

West Stow

2.5 miles

10:30am

(71) A Punchbowl Stroll

Battisford Tye

SOLD OUT

11:00am

(72) Shotley Maritime Heritage Walk

Shotley

SOLD OUT

Thank you!

The Suffolk Walking Festival could never happen without the generosity of so many throughout the county and throughout the year. Thank you to all our walk leaders, many of whom give up their time voluntarily and put in so much effort creating the walk programme.

Thank you to our media partners, BBC Radio Suffolk and especially Lesley Dolphin, the Festival’s Patron; and to Archant and especially Jayne Lindill editor of The Suffolk Magazine. Both are great supporters of the festival and do so much to spread the word that Suffolk is a very special place.

Thank you also to all of Suffolk’s local authorities and our sponsors, East of England Co-op, who generously support the festival.

David Falk (Festival Director)
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