When it comes to walking holidays in the UK, a visit to the picturesque Suffolk countryside offers a diverse and invigorating trip. From beautiful National Trust locations to rugged pebbled beaches, winding idyllic roads with overhanging trees and wild flowers, ancient woodlands to historical sites and churches – there’s something for everyone in this large south-eastern county.
With low-lying landscapes, dry climates and plenty of quaint villages, it’s a great place to head to for walkers of all ages and abilities. Dotted along many routes are historic pubs and cosy cafes that help to make a walk as long or as short as you prefer.
Dunwich Heath and beach offers a wonderful circular walk with heather colouring the expanses of grassland in rich shades of purple. An invigorating and moderate five-mile walk, you’re able to pass via the ruins of a 12th-century monastery and what’s left of Dunwich village.
Nothing says Constable country quite like a walk around Flatford and, if you fancy, you can end your journey in the Flatford Mill riverside coffee shop too. Tailor your walk to your preferences either by incorporating some of the area’s historic mills, exploring the Stour Valley or making your journey longer with a 6.4 km (4 mile) trip over to Manningtree in Essex. A hugely popular area to walk around, there are also short rowing boat trips available near the coffee shop to give your legs a rest. Keep an eye out for seasonal events taking place.
Lavenham offers a trip back in time with overhanging timbered medieval buildings and its 15th-century church. It’s a short walk wandering around this quaint village, with plenty of places to pause and reflect over afternoon tea. A popular walking holiday in England, it’s a great place to take children to for culture and history.
For relaxing wind-swept beach walks, there’s Aldeburgh. This quaint coastal town has plenty to offer for all the family, as well as pebbled beaches perfect for letting dogs run wild and kids fly kites. It’s also got some popular restaurants dotted along the seafront and lots of opportunities for fish and chips. There’s also the infamous artwork – The Scallop – which is dedicated to Benjamin Britten.
Take a walking holiday through Suffolk and you’ll find enough to keep your schedule packed and everyone of all ages entertained.