Walking Holidays and Breaks

From leg-stretchers through forests and farmland to family strolls around historic sites, the heart of Suffolk is easy to explore on foot. Three locations – Clare, Eye and Shotley – even have special Walkers are Welcome accreditation!

For those who really like to stride out, several well-known and some long-distance paths run through the county, including the Suffolk Way – a 113-mile route that starts at Flatford and finishes at Lowestoft  – while, close to the border with Norfolk, the Waveney Valley Walks are a series of circular routes that follow the 77-mile Angles Way. Elsewhere, other challenges include the Stour Valley Path that threads through Constable Country, the Mid Suffolk Footpath that links Hoxne to Stowmarket and, closer to the coast, the 60-mile Sandlings Walk that meanders between Ipswich and Southwold. 

Ancient forests and woodlands cover much of the county, so they’re a natural choice for a nice family walk. Rendlesham Forest – infamous for reports by the US Air Force of UFO sightings in 1980 – has numerous trails. And across the county, near to Thetford, there’s both Santon Downham and Brandon Country Park to explore. For more manicured surroundings, plan a trip to Thornham Walks, a landscaped parkland criss-crossed by 12 miles of paths and part of the Thornham Estate to the north of Ipswich. 

Suffolk is home to many historic houses, ancient castles and heritage sites, and there are walks to be enjoyed around all. Clare Castle Country Park is the setting for a series of six walks varying from two to seven miles. Fantastic views of another favourite Suffolk castle, Framlingham, are found on the The Brownsord Way, a circular 11-mile route that can be shortened thanks to several cleverly-planned access and exit points. The hauntingly beautiful Sutton Hoo estate, home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, is the location of a lovely three-mile walk. 

The National Trust cares for many of the county’s major attractions and actively welcomes walkers. Starting from Manningtree Station, its Flatford and Constable walking trail – featured in ITV's Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 – is a four- to seven-mile walk that explores the picturesque Stour Valley and Dedham Vale

Close to Bury St Edmunds, Ickworth Park offers a number of waymarked routes and cross-country paths that take you through diverse habitats and scenery. And wildlife, wildflowers and wool are all themes for a self-guided walk from Lavenham to Long Melford, largely following the route of the old GER line. Alternatively, the Melford Hall to Sudbury Three Mills Walk starts from Long Melford and meanders through Sudbury's famed water meadows and past old water mills before ending at Gainsborough's House and then his statue in Sudbury Market Place.

A circular route around Clare and Cavendish allows you to explore two more picture-perfect Suffolk Wool Towns. It’s a challenging walk with climbs and descents, gates and stiles en route, but there are pubs at each end to reward your effort.And some of Suffolk’s religious history can be discovered on an Angels and Pinnacles walk, which takes you on a tour of four churches – Woolpit, Rattlesden, Shelland and Hessett – to combine the best of the countryside with the county’s magnificent medieval heritage. 

Did you know? In early summer the Suffolk Walking Festival caters for all ages and fitness levels. Pub and teashop stops are often scheduled for those who need encouragement to keep going, too.



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Orford, Woodbridge and Orford

TLHO

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£646 - £846
per week
From £494 for a 3-night stay
  • Are you longing for a luxury, one-of-a-kind retreat in the centre of Orford? A break from the fast-paced life of the city? Then we prescribe a stay at The Little House.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Sudbourne, Woodbridge and Orford

TGS

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£511 - £816
per week
From £392 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Standing proud on the grounds of a former outbuilding, The Green Shed is a newly constructed modern one bedroomed brick and timber lodge. Beautifully furnished this will make the perfect base for your next Suffolk escape.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 11 miles
  • Pub 1.1 miles

Sibton, Heart of Suffolk

SFBOR

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£456 - £661
per week
From £351 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Look no further for the perfect combination of coast and countryside! Enjoying uninterrupted views of the surrounding meadowland, holidaymakers and their dogs will enjoy the endless walks in the area.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1.9 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

10SL

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£406 - £681
per week
From £314 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offerEnjoy a romantic NYE in this cosy retreat with 10% off from the 31st Dec to the 7th of Jan 2020
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 10.4 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Mallards

MAL

Wickhambrook, Bury and the Wool Towns

TOSH

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£526 - £886
per week
From £404 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The Old School House, nestled in the heart of the the Suffolk countryside and surrounded by the most stunning countryside views offers guests a real touch a luxury during your self catering getaway.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 50 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

The Granary

EVFG

Hessett, Bury and the Wool Towns

STMB

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£476 - £746
per week
From £366 for a 3-night stay
  • A beautiful retreat set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 37 miles
  • Pub 1.4 miles

Glemsford, Bury and the Wool Towns

74AA

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£316 - £476
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • Angel Apartment is a delightful first floor apartment situated in the village of Glemsford and offers quiet and cosy accommodation for a couples looking to enjoy all the Suffolk countryside has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 39 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Halesworth, Waveney Valley

SFBAR

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£436 - £641
per week
From £336 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A beautifully converted single storey cartshed and stables, now providing spacious and comfortable accommodation for two. Perfect for anyone looking to get away from it all, with real peace and comfort at its heart.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 3.2 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

PHW

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£1031 - £1681
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From £782 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • A luxury top floor apartment which has been beautifully furnished and has the most spectacular views over the River Deben.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 16 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

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BECC

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