5 of the best spring hiking routes in Suffolk

8:00 a.m. March 12, 2022

After Suffolk was crowned the best place in England for a spring walk, there’s never been a better time to explore the county.

Suffolk was recently voted by the Telegraph as the best place to walk in the country due to its “wide and captivating skies” and “wealth of options” for areas to explore.

As the sun begins to peek out from behind the clouds after a few weeks of bad weather, here’s a guide to some of the best walks Suffolk has to offer this spring.

1. Sutton Hoo

Suttoon Hoo Cemetery.
– Credit: Paul Geater

Home to one of the greatest archaeological finds in history, the 255-acre Sutton Hoo Estate brings historic significance to the spring walk.

With stunning views over the River Deben, the estate offers a variety of different trails that loop around the Royal Cemetery, Rabbit Field and Top Hat Wood before ending at the Exhibition and Cafe.

2. Ickworth Park

Idyllic scenes at Ickworth Park in Horringer after a light dusting of snow.

Ickworth House after a light dusting of snow
– Credit: Phil Morley

Ickworth Park is home to a variety of different walks which explore the vast area within and around the famous Ickworth House.

Whether it’s a stroll by Canal Lake, a stroll through the Italian Garden, or hiking the Monument Trail, walkers are spoiled for choice and will need to do so. go many times to enjoy all that Ickworth Park has to offer.

3. Orwell National Park

Woolverstone Marina from Nacton Foreshore.  Photo: PAUL GEATER

The Orwell Country Park promenade leads the town to the Orwell Estuary

Spreading over a massive 470 acres, Orwell Country Park covers ancient woodland, heathland and mudflats.

The park’s three main sites are Piper’s Vale, Bridge Wood and Braziers – and with so much to see, it really is a place where walkers can go and get lost in the scenery.

4. Walberswick Beach

A stroll along wild Walberswick Beach (photo: Sarah Lucy Brown)

A stroll along wild Walberswick Beach (photo: Sarah Lucy Brown)
– Credit: Archant

There aren’t many better beaches to walk your dog this spring than in Walberswick.

Across the River Blyth from Southwold, this Suffolk beach is backed by small sand dunes. The mix of sand and pebbles makes this beach a great place to take your pooch out.

5. Lavenham to Long Melford Rail Walk

The architecture of Lavenham, including that of the Swan Hotel and Spa, is famous throughout the country

The architecture of Lavenham is famous throughout the country and is a picturesque place for a spring stroll.
– Credit: Phil Morley

The rail walk between Lavenham and Long Melford is around 4.5 miles long and explores everything from historic old railway lines to stunning Suffolk woodland.

Ending at Melford Hall, this walk is packed with history and information, while providing a long hike for dog owners and outdoor enthusiasts.

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