Take part in the 2019 Walking Festival


With over 120 walks and events the 2019 Suffolk Walking Festival is shaping up to be one of the most creative and ambitious festivals to date.

This year’s Festival, which launches on Saturday 11 May at West Stow Country Park, truly has something for everyone: short strolls, gentle rambles, long hikes; family walks, history walks, nature walks; story-telling, art lessons, photography, boat trips, train rides, and rides in vintage military vehicles!

Once again, the festival will also include a challenge walk, this year’s it covers over 80 miles in just five days. The walk which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the East Suffolk Line walks, will start at the most easterly point of Britain in Lowestoft and finish in Christchurch park.

This year also sees the return of the Festival Fringe, a series of events that get you close to nature in the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside, you can experience a Woodland Night Safari, forage for your own cream tea, or sketch and photograph the landscape.

All walks are ticketed, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. To find out more and buy tickets visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Councillor Mary Evans, cabinet member for Highways, Transport and Rural Issues, said:

“The Suffolk Walking Festival has always proved very popular and now heading into its 12th year, it has firmly established itself as one of Britain’s premier walking festivals.

“I am thrilled to see such a wide range of walks and events in this year’s Festival which is looking like the most imaginative year so far.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy so I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part, get active and enjoy the beautiful countryside we have here in Suffolk.”

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, patron of the walking festival said:

“I’m so excited with the programme for this year’s Suffolk Walking Festival. I know as the patron that I am bound to say that, but it’s true. We live in a beautiful county and we are constantly being told to take more exercise so here is the event that ties those together.

“For three weeks from the 11 May there will be over a hundred opportunities to get out and take a stroll or stomp and learn about Suffolk. I’ve dusted off my trainers and I can’t wait to get walking – see you there!”