Discover Suffolk In 52 Ways Over 23 Days – The Suffolk Walking Festival
Saturday 11th May sees the launch of the 2013 Suffolk Walking Festival, at Ickworth House in Bury St Edmunds. Now in its sixth year, the festival will offer over 50 guided walks covering the whole of the county, from Lowestoft, England's most easterly point in the north of the county, to the Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the south. The festival runs from 11th May to 2nd June and aims to encourage people to visit the county and enjoy its gently undulating landscapes.
There will be strolls through medieval villages, rambles in the countryside and a five day 'challenge walk' for the brave of heart and sturdy of leg, that stretches along the fabulous Suffolk coast. The festival is a joint venture involving all the Suffolk local authorities and it is sponsored by the Discover Suffolk Project, whose objectives include improving access to the countryside and encouraging walking and cycling in the county.
The Discover Suffolk Challenge Walk is a series of five walks, following the entire length of the Suffolk Coast Path, covering nearly 70 miles in 5 days. The walk passes through Aldeburgh and the pretty coastal town of Southwold, the iconic heathland landscape of National Trust Dunwich, reaching the seaside resort of Lowestoft at South Pier. There will be pauses at various points along the way to learn about local history and see the sights, including the Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley and Snape Maltings, home of Aldeburgh music, which this year sees the centenary celebrations of composer Benjamin Britten.
There are many themed walks throughout the festival too, including a textile walk through fields of flax, a poetry walk, celebrating Suffolk's artistic heritage and a children's 'welly walk' through the grounds of the Museum of East Anglian Life. For the first time, there will also be a charity walk, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care – a 14 mile walk through the lovely landscape of the Lark Valley. The festival is a great opportunity for a walking holiday in Suffolk and the county has a fantastic range of accommodation including deluxe hotels, country B&Bs, cosy cottages and everything in between. Accommodation links can be found on the walking festival pages of the Discover Suffolk website.
Suffolk Walking FestivalFestival Launch: Saturday 11th March, Ickworth House (National Trust), Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds. IP29 5QE. The launch will include coffee and cake at 10.30 followed by a three mile walk around the Ickworth estate, leaving at 11am.