The 2018 Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off in May and with over 120 walks and events this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and most ambitious festival to date.
The Walking Festival spans the whole county and with walks of different lengths and different themes there is bound to be something to excite you. You can kick start your day with a Dawn Chorus Walk and end it on a Twilight Safari. Have a go at Nordic Walking and realise the power in your legs! Or spend a day discovering GeoCaching and seek out the treasures dotted around the landscape. The festival has history walks, nature walks, short walks and long walks. You can discover England’s Silk Capital, the Home of Horse Racing and a Valley of the Kings.
This year also sees the launch of the Walking Festival Fringe, a series of exciting and imaginative events that get you close to nature in the very heart of the countryside. “Iconic Images” is a series of photo assignments capturing some of the best-known scenes in the county. “Hedgerow Cream Tea” allows you to gather your very own afternoon feast. And “Mindfulness and Nature” immerses you in the landscape of Dunwich Heath with a meditative experience.
For those who want to really stretch their legs there is the Challenge Walk. Covering over 70 miles in just four days, the Challenge Walk will trek between Southwold and Ipswich, exploring the marshes of Walberswick, the forests of Dunwich, Tunstall and Rendlesham and the heaths of Hollesley, Sutton and Westleton.
The 2018 Suffolk Walking Festival launches at St Peter’s Brewery on Saturday May 12th. There are two Launch Jaunts that day, one of two miles and one of five miles. Each is followed with a brewery tour, a “Tutored Tasting” and a free bottle of beer!
The Festival lasts until Sunday 3rd June. Visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk for details of all 125 events and details on buying tickets. Visit your local Tourist Information Centre or library for a copy of the brochure