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The start of the Walking Festival

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 11 May 2017 | Comments

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It’s the start of the Suffolk Walking Festival this Saturday, 13 May – which launches over 100 walks over the next three weeks throughout the whole of the county and we’re highlighting the best in east Suffolk.

The launch officially takes place at Sutton Hoo on Saturday, with 11 different walks on offer. 10 of the walks also include free admission to the exhibition and burial mounds, giving everyone the opportunity to find out more about the history.

On the day of the launch, the Family Woodland Walk is a slow paced 1 ½ mile walk which explores Sutton Hoo’s Woodland with the site’s warden.Starting at 11am, the walk is suitable for the whole family and highlights the areas importance for wildlife.

Discover the beauty of the Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve on the Westleton Heath Spring Walk at 10am on Thursday 18 May. This free two mile walk takes place on the area of coastal heathland which is home to the Nightjar during the summer months.

If you’re a dog owner, you can bring your furry friend along to the Hearing Care Centre Charity Dog Walk and Breakfast on Saturday 20 May in Newbourne. This beautiful walk takes in the stunning countryside between Newbourne and Waldringfield, with a stop for breakfast at The Maybush Public House and helping to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

You can still grab tickets for walks and view the full Walking Festival programme online.

The end of the 2017 Suffolk Walking Festival will coincide with the end of Suffolk’s Year of Walking, a campaign celebrating walking in Suffolk. It provides a platform to promote walking events and activities, as well as provide inspiration and opportunities to encourage people to walk more often. It began in May last year and was launched at the 2016 Suffolk Walking Festival.