There’s only two weeks left to wait until this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival begins!
Walks are quickly being booked up for the three week Festival which gets walkers of all abilities out and about exploring Suffolk and we’re celebrating the best walks east Suffolk has to offer.
The festival officially launches at Sutton Hoo on Saturday 13th May, with 11 exciting walks at the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site with something to suit everyone.
Join the Launch Jaunt from 10:30am with refreshments, before heading out on the first of the day’s launch walks, where you can discover the burial grounds of the kings with one of the National Trust’s expert volunteers.
The ticket prices for the 11 launch walks include free admission to the exhibition and burial mounds, so the walks give everyone the chance to find out more about the history as well as its importance for wildlife in the area. If you want to explore the amazing history of the site, join the one mile Burial Mounds Tour, starting at 11:30am. Or if you think your family would enjoy hearing about the horrific side to the burial ground of the kings, book onto the Gruesome Graves Family Tours at 2:30pm.
Many walks incorporate other activities and opportunities to learn new skills such as improving your map reading skills on the How to Read a Map Successfully walk in Leiston on Sunday, 14 May where you’ll learn about navigation techniques with an OS map of the area.
For those wanting to try Nordic Walking, come along to the Introduction to Nordic Walking at Carlton Marshes on Saturday 20th May. After a 30 minute introduction to the walking variation with poles provided, the walk takes in the scenery of Oulton Broad and journeys through Nicholas Everitt Park before returning to the nature reserve. The 3-4 mile walk is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness.
Other walks to look forward later in the festival include a Charity Mutt Strutt around Alton Water for dogs and their owners on Sunday 4th June which is being organised by the Lions Club of Ipswich.
To view the full Walking Festival programme, book tickets and to purchase official festival merchandise, visit: www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk