Now in its 12th year, the Suffolk Walking festival (May 11 to June 2) has established itself as one of Britain’s premier walking festivals with over 120 walks and events across our county. Last year all walkers collectively walked 24 million steps over 23 days across Suffolk!
The 2019 festival is going to be the most creative, imaginative and ambitious one to date. From a dawn chorus to hidden orchids, Arthur Ransome to John Constable, and from Anglo-Saxons to naval heritage, there’s even murder, myths and a little bit of magic.
The festival has something for everyone: short strolls, gentle rambles, long hikes, family walks, history walks, nature walks, story-telling, art lessons, photography courses, walks with boat trips, walks with breakfasts, walks with train rides…
Some of the highlights include:
- A walk with Kite, the Orford Ness sheepdog, and her shepherd owner who will explain how they manage the reserve for wildlife.
- Night Safari will enter an ancient woodland just after sundown to experience the wood’s nocturnal life and talk to owls!
- A walk to Eye Airfield will reveal its wartime history with a ride back in vintage military vehicles!
- A walk discovering the fascinating history of Ipswich’s Waterfront, followed by a Thames Barge cruise down the River Orwell.
All walks are ticketed and all tickets must be purchased in advance. Brochures are now available in various outlets including libraries, leisure centres, country parks, Tourist Information Centres, visitor information points and Cotswold Outdoors. To find out more and buy tickets visit: www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk.