Walking Holidays, Suffolk

Looking for walking holidays in Suffolk? The Interactive Suffolk Map contains over 70 circular walks, each of which is accompanied by a leaflet in downloadable format or a web link. Each walk leaflet has a map and a detailed description; many include advice on travel, where to park, points of interest and places to eat. Walks are typically 3-5 miles in length, ranging from a short 1 mile stroll along the heritage coast at Southwold to the more challenging 18 miles of the Stanton Rides.

Don't forget that your furry friends can come and stay in one of our Dog Friendly Cottages so you can bring your pet dog on B-B Suffolk holiday as well.

Walking Holidays Suffolk

Walking Holidays Suffolk - Trail List

There are a wide range of walks featured on the Discover Suffolk website. 

Easy Going Trail - Rendlesham Forest - 0.7 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Rendlesham Forest
Duration: 15 - 30 minutes

One of 18 easy to follow trails across Suffolk.

Rendlesham Forest offers a wonderful day out for all the family. There are numerous trails to follow and an amazing play area complete with climbing frames, log tunnels and adventure courses.

Easy Going Trail - Dunwich Heath - 1.5 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Dunwich Heath
Duration: 30 - 45 mins

One of 18 easy to follow trails across Suffolk.

Dunwich Heath is one of the most dramatic settings in all of Suffolk, where heathland reaches the coast with stunning views towards historic Southwold to the north and famous RSPB Minsmere to the south.

Snape Explorer - 2.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Snape
Duration: 1 hours

The Sailors' Path follows a beautiful route between Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh. Two shorter routes in this guide explore Snape Warren and the marshes and village of Snape.

Daisy's Walk - 3.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Rendlesham Forest
Duration: 1 - 1hr 30 mins

Walk through ancient oak trees into the Butley River Valley with its sedge, water mint and alder.

Phoenix Trails & UFO Trails - 3.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Rendlesham Forest
Duration: 1 hr - 1hr 30 mins

The Phoenix walk allows you to see the unique flora and fauna of the Sandlings, through conifer plantations, heathland and wetland areas.

The UFO trail is a three mile trail to visit the site of UFO sightings in 1980, when US airman witnessed mysterious lights.

Aldeburgh Town Marsh Trail - 4.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Aldeburgh
Duration: 1hr 30 mins - 2 hrs

A walk along raised river bank and fields. Enjoy the views of Cob Island, a haunt of cormorants, and the town marshes with their many dykes, and winter home to migratory swans and geese.

Angels and Pinnacles - Blythburgh, Southwold, Westleton, Walberswick - 4.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages

The Angels & Pinnacles project covers six clusters of churches across Suffolk. Walk or cycle between the four churches to combine the best of the countryside with Suffolk's magnificent medieval heritage.

Route 1 - 3 miles/ 4.5 km each way.
St Andrew's, Walberswick to Holy Trinity, Blythburgh.

Route 2 - 4 miles/7 km.
St Edmund’s, Southwold to St Andrew’s, Walberswick.

Sutton, Hollesley & Rendlesham - Sandlings Circular Walks - 6.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Sutton, Hollesley & Rendlesham
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins - 3 hrs

Stroll through the heathland, admire it's beautiful and often rare plants and flowers.

Or perhaps wander through the forest, a place of constant change with its cycle of planting and felling, and a haven for insects, reptiles and ground nesting birds.

Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path - 50.0 miles

Area: Coast and Villages
Location: Felixstowe

A walk through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), from Felixstowe to Lowestoft. This walk takes you through some of the finest coastal scenery in southern England with its amazing mixture of shingle beaches, crumbling cliffs, marshes, estuaries, farmland, forests and heathland.

This route is shown on the following Ordnance Survey Maps
OS Landranger: 134, 156 & 169
OS Explorer: 197, 212, 231, & 40 m

Walking Holidays, Groups and Rambles in Suffolk

If you are new to walking or want to join a group of like-minded people then there are plenty of walking groups to choose from. The Ramblers' Association and their associated Suffolk walking groups all welcome visitors, so even if you are here for a short time you will be sure of a warm welcome. Local Ramblers' Association groups are located in Alde Valley, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Stour Valley and Waveney and District.

Walking Holiday Suffolk from our Dog Friendly Cottages - Retired Couple Walking in Suffolk

Walking Holiday Suffolk for Under 40's

Ipswich Outdoor Group is an independent walking and cycling group with 90 members, formed in 1974, and afilliated to the Youth Hostels Association. Their programme is full and varied with regular day or evening walks and cycle rides in the local area.

The Stour Walking Group is an under-40's group, based in and around Sudbury and the Stour Valley. Their programme includes day walks of various lengths in Suffolk through spectacular countryside, as well as weekends away.

Health Walks

Improve your health by joining a 'Live Well Suffolk Health Walk'. All walks are free and for everyone but especially those who may be recovering from illness or need to improve their exercise levels.

Walks can last for half an hour to one and a half hours and they are informal and sociable. You walk with trained leaders and at your own pace. Sensible footwear is recommended.

Guided Walks

Guided walks are a great way to learn about wildlife, heritage and the culture of Suffolk. Many guided walks are listed on our Events page or by contacting a Tourist Information Centre. You can find your nearest Tourist Information Centre on the Interactive Suffolk Map – simply look for the blue i icons for contact details.

Both the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB websites have downloadable walks in their areas.

Guided walks are also offered by 'Go' - Getting Out, Guided Countryside Walks for the Public. 'Go' have been organising walks since 1997 and walks take place most weekends throughout Suffolk. Contact 'Go' on 01473 402093 for more details.

Long Distance Routes in Suffolk

Walking in SuffolkIn addition to circular walks, the interactive map also shows where the National Trails and Long Distance Paths are. These offer more challenging opportunities for walking and can be enjoyed by completing the full length or by doing circular walks based on shorter sections.

Suffolk contains a number of long distance paths including;

The Mid Suffolk Footpath - over 20 miles of walking through the gentle countryside of Suffolk. It links Hoxne in the north of the county with Stowmarket in the south.

Details of three long distance paths within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB -  the Suffolk Coast Path, the Stour and Orwell Walk and the Sandlings Walk can be found in 'Suffolk Coast and Heaths Walks' which is available through the Suffolk Coast and Heaths website.

 The Stour Valley Path, a 60 mile route that follows the valley sides of the River Stour through the beautiful Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire countryside  

The Angles Way - a 92 mile walk along the Waveney Valley between the Broads at Lowestoft and The Brecks at Thetford. Described as one of the best waterside walks in Britain. For details of how to obtain The Ramblers' guide to the Angles Way please email pdjames.ramb@ntlworld.com

You can also download 'Waveney Valley Walks - Circular Walks along the Angles Way' which contains 8 short circular walks using sections of the long distance path.

The Icknield Way extends from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and is claimed to be "the oldest road in Britain". 

Walking Websites in Suffolk

In addition to the walks on Discover Suffolk there are some excellent alternative Suffolk walking websites.

The East Suffolk Line Walks are a great way to explore the eastern side of the county using the rail network. A series of 13 walks links each railway station between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

The Countryside Code is dedicated to helping members of the public respect, protect and enjoy the countryside:The Countryside Code

  • Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.
  • Keep dogs under close control.
  • Consider other people.

Taking your dog into the Suffolk countryside

Walking your dog in the countryside from our Holiday Cottages Suffolk is a great way to keep you and your pet healthy and active. You should always keep your dog under control, which in the vicinity of livestock generally means keeping your dog on a lead or easily called to heel.

The Kennel Club has excellent advice on taking your dog into the countryside.

Suffolk Holiday Cottages

The Suffolk Holiday Accommodation provided by Snape Holiday Cottages are called Admiral Cottage and the Nelson Studio. They provide ideal accommodation for child friendly weekends in Suffolk giving you a base from which to explore all the things to do in Suffolk or as a cosy bolt-hole for a couple looking for quiet getaways in Suffolk. Stay for a week to really unwind or enjoy some weekend adventures in Suffolk to recharge your batteries. Being animal friendly cottages in Suffolk your furry friends can come along as well. Admiral Cottage and the Nelson Studio are the ideal start for your cycling holidays, walking holiday or horse riding holidays in Suffolk

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