South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival
1 February 2008
Packed with over 40 graded walks in a variety of locations to suit all tastes and capabilities, the programme includes a country ramble along the former towpath of the River Gipping between Needham Market and Ipswich; a medieval meander through the historic wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford and a walk that visits a wooden ‘henge’ and takes in a scarecrow trail. Many of the routes include a refreshment stop at a Suffolk country pub for lunch or a historic house for afternoon tea.
Walks vary in length from 1 mile (1hr 15mins) for a guided amble through Stowmarket up to 12 miles (5.5 hours) for a circular route around Stradbroke with a picnic lunch in the countryside. Some are free, otherwise prices range from £1 up to £15 for a walk around Lavenham and high tea in the luxurious medieval Swan Hotel.
Further information can be found at Southandheartofsuffolk.org.uk. Pre-booking is essential for most walks – booking details vary and are included in the programme; children are welcome (under 16s accompanied by an adult), some walks are accessible and dogs on a lead are welcome on many.
For a copy of the Choose Suffolk short breaks brochure which provides an overview of the county, visit Choosesuffolk.com.