Welcome to the Suffolk Walking Festival

Saturday 13th May to Sunday 4th June 2017

You are invited to a party!!!!

2017 marks The Suffolk Walking Festivals 10th Birthday and we would love it if you joined us to help celebrate this wonderful event.

We have over 100 walks on offer, providing the opportunity to explore the wonderful and diverse Suffolk countryside; from strolls around medieval towns, amble along the coast or wander through our stunning countryside and enjoy the landscapes of our two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Classic and Mega Challenge walks return, offering walkers the opportunity to explore the Stour Valley; a 63-mile route crossing the Suffolk countryside and dipping into Essex. Choose either to complete the route over a leisurely 4 days or if you really want to push yourself why not try it in 30 hours.

With a variety of themed walks from Duelling Dragons in Sudbury, bird watching as you stroll around Westleton Heath or even find a new friend or partner on one of our speed dating walks. We are sure that the programme has a walk that will take your fancy.

Families, we have a selection for you around the half term period from golden mile walks between parks and museums in Lowestoft to activity routes in Ipswich and Sudbury and even a trail or two at Jimmy’s Farm. We are sure that they will be a great day out for all the family.

Not forgetting our launch day with a variety of 10 different walks to try at Sutton Hoo, perhaps you would enjoy being one of the first to test their lasted trail which will have its debut at the launch or perhaps the gruesome grave walk is more for you.

We look forward to seeing you as you celebrate with us, make new friends, have fun, and perhaps enjoy a slice of cake or two!

Suffolk Walking Festival Brochure

Please download the Suffolk Walking Festival 2017 brochure here: Suffolk Walking Festival Brochure 2017.  Alternatively, you can order a paper copy of the walking festival brochure by emailing us at suffolk.walkingfestival@suffolk.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information and help please click on the appropriate catagory. If these do not answer your questions please contact us by emailing suffolk.walkingfestival@suffolk.gov.uk

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What To Expect

General Information


A leader will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather, but if the walk has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to contact you beforehand. Please provide us with your current email address, when you book. Refunds will not be given unless a walk is cancelled by the organisers or their agents.

Dogs: Where dogs are permitted on the walks, please keep them on a lead at all times.

Children: Children are welcome on most walks but those 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking: There is parking available at, or close to, the meeting points for all walks. Vehicles are parked at their owner’s risk.

Equipment and clothing: Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. Always bring warm and waterproof clothing – just in case! Walking boots are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear. Make sure that you also bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Disclaimer: Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and as enjoyable as possible, any event attended is done so at your own risk. Due care has been exercised in organising the WALKING FESTIVAL, however the COUNCILS and sponsors accept no liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes. You are advised to check your own personal accident cover before taking part. You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen. In the event of any unforeseen circumstances, the Suffolk Walking Festival partners reserve the right to change or cancel a walk without prior notice.