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Step up for the 2015 Walking Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 14 April 2015

Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival

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The Suffolk Walking Festival kicks off in May – three weeks of guided walks in the fabulous Suffolk countryside.

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With a packed programme of more than 90 walks, this year’s event from May 9 - 31, is set to be the biggest yet with an eclectic mix of walks around medieval villages, market towns, along the coast and through the gentle landscapes of Suffolk.

Lesley Dolphin, BBC Radio Suffolk presentrer and patron of the festival, said: “The festival is a great opportunity for people to learn about Suffolk’s wildlife and history, while at the same time enjoying the health benefits of walking, in a sociable setting.

“We spend so much time driving in our cars to get from A to B – this is a wonderful chance to slow the pace a little and to see, hear and smell some of the delights of Suffolk.”

Many of the walks include refreshments such as home-made cake or afternoon tea, some include entry to a visitor attraction and all are led by knowledgeable walks leaders to guide people along the route.

The programme includes themed walks such as Sketch Book Strolls with a local artist around Brandon Country Park, a seven-mile hike called Food Glorious Food through Thetford Forest to the award-winning restaurant at the Elveden Hall Estate for lunch, A Scottish Visionary and His Fairytale Village, which starts from Thorpeness on the coast, and Beachcombing for Beginners on Felixstowe beach.

You can follow in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps along ‘Curlew River’ and learn about the composer, his music and the wildlife that inspired him, walk the Horseshoe Trail and learn about horse racing in Newmarket, explore the ponds of Helmingham Hall, walk in the footsteps of Thomas Gainsborough around Sudbury and learn about John Constable, as you amble through Constable Country.

To view the full programme and book tickets, visit the festival website www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

You can also pick up a brochure from a Suffolk tourist information centre.

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