What it's like
Bordered by the coast on the East and forest to the North, there are many areas providing for varied walking interest. Recreational Paths include Icknield Way Path; Fynn Valley Walk and Angles Way. One of the more recently opened long distance paths, The Sandlings Walk, runs for 60 miles between Ipswich and Southwold passing through Britain’s rarest wildlife habitat of lowland heath in an AONB. In Southwold, take a boat trip with a difference on the ‘Coastal Voyager’; walk out on the recently refurbished pier; climb the lighthouse and walk on Gun Hill where the canons from the Battle of Sole Bay are still in place. After all of that, sample the local brew with a pint of Adnam’s finest.
Head further South to Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, and wander around the burial ground of East Anglia’s Anglo-Saxon kings. In Aldeburgh, visit the grave of Composer, Benjamin Britten, or go to a concert at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. There is picturesque walking from here too. Inland, visit Lavenham, a medieval village with Tudor townhouses, small crooked cottages and the splendid 16th Century Guildhall. Further North , lying across the border with Norfolk, in a district known as Breckland, you will find Thetford Forest. This large forested area can be explored on foot, horseback or by bicycle. There is also the opportunity to ‘Go Ape’ and ‘walk’ through the forest from some way up in the trees!
At nearby Bury St Edmunds, walk through history and learn more about the Magna Carta, or visit the Greene King Brewery.
- Flatford Mill On the Essex border in the heart of Constable Country. Stroll alongside the river Stour and see the landscape which inspired the great artist.
- Dunwich Heath and Forest For walks of all lengths, some encompassing the beach where it is said that during storms the bells of the churches lost to the sea can be heard. Look out for deer, too!
- The King’s Forest Walk from The Red Lion in Icklingham, through the Kings Forest, passing the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow.
Must see and do
- Watch the sun rise Be among the first to see the sun rise from the most Easterly point in Britain at Lowestoft’s Ness Point.
- Visit Newmarket Races Headquarters of British horseracing. www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk
- Eat oysters in Orford Butley Orford Oysterage is renowned for its local fish and oysters.
Destination County : Suffolk