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Suffolk Walking Festival

The first countywide Suffolk Walking Festival is now less than a month away.

The festival includes, for the first time, walks on the Suffolk Coast, joining the established areas of Ipswich, South & Heart of Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds and Forest Heath. There are more than 50 walks taking place over a three-week period from 11th May to 2nd June.

All the walks will be led by guides and local experts and include strolls on former railway lines, riverside rambles, early morning walks to hear the woodlark, history walks,country walks and town trails. Some are relatively short (lasting an hour or so); others more demanding over several miles.

This year there is a five-day “Challenge Walk” of the entire Suffolk Coast – “Landguard Fort to Lowestoft“ – 66 miles in five days (although walkers may book individual day walks along the route if the whole thing seems too daunting).

Ipswich is well represented, with seven themed walks taking place in the historic county town. Themes include “Dickens in Ipswich”, “Wolsey – the Man behind the King” and “Wander to the Waterfront”. For children there is a fun “Horrible History” walk of the town.

All of the walks across the festival are pre-bookable. Some are free of charge and some have a modest fee. Some even include refreshments in the cost. A full colour brochure – with all the information and booking details – is available free of charge from your local Tourist Information Centre or you can visit the website – www.discoversuffolk.org.uk where you can also book on line if you prefer.

If you want to know more in the first instance contact Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 01473 258070, email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

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