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The Great British Walk: Suffolk

August 22nd, 2012 by
Categories: Featured · Special Events

If you love walking, you’ll love the National Trust’s Great British Walk.

This autumn, in partnership with PruHealth, the National Trust is launching a walking festival that celebrates the beautiful British countryside – and if you time it right then you’ll get to experience the beautiful browns, blazing reds and vibrant oranges, just before the leaves fall.

September and October is the perfect time of year for walking, with beautiful displays of autumn colour and amazing nature spectacles such as deer rutting and bird migration. The great outdoors holds boundless opportunities to make great memories with family and friends that last a lifetime.

So, from 1 September there will be more than 100 walking events, activities and downloadable trails to discover at National Trust places in the East of England, all the way through to the end of half term (4 November). Whether you’re looking for a little amble, jolly ramble or big challenge there’s something for everyone, including your four legged friends.

Simply choose what best suits you – head out and explore, download a trail before you go, or book yourself a place on one of our festival guided walks. For a full programme of walks, visit our website

Great walks to choose from, at National Trust places in Suffolk:

Sutton Hoo stomp
Sutton Hoo
Saturday 1 September, 8am

Shake off that sleepy head, join Sutton Hoo staff as they kick-start the Great British Walking Festival, a two month festival celebrating our outstanding countryside. Stay for a hearty breakfast in the cafe to kick-start your weekend.

Wild harvest walk
Saturday 1 September, 11am

Enjoy a walk in the Dedham Vale discovering the natural delights hidden in our hedgerows. £6 Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies).

Lavenham to Melford walk
Lavenham Guildhall & Melford Hall
Saturday 1 September – Wednesday 31 October, 1- 4.30pm

Download our self-guided four-mile walk retracing the route of the former Great Eastern Railway Line, linking the medieval wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford.

Autumn pudding trail
Saturday 1 September – Tuesday 4 November

Enjoy the rich colours that herald the autumn across the estate and then tuck into a warming, old fashioned pudding in the West Wing restaurant.

Walk with the warden
Dunwich Heath
Wednesday 5 September, 10am

Enjoy a two hour guided walk with the warden exploring the fascinating wildlife of Dunwich Heath.

Bombs and beasties
Orford Ness NNR
Saturday 8 September, 9.45am – 4.30pm

Join us on an all-day walk and talk with a warden, looking at various aspects of this unique site – once a top secret military test site now a National Nature Reserve. The walk will include access to areas not normally open to the public. £19 (£15 NT members) Booking essential on 01394 450900.

Secrets of the Stour navigation
Saturday 22 September, 10am

Exploring the history of the River Stour, discover how it has gone from being a bustling trade route to a sleepy waterway. £6. Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies).

Walking in the footsteps of Constable
22 September, 17 & 20 October, 3 & 24 November, 26 December, times vary

Discover the area made famous by artist John Constable, on a fascinating guided walk through the landscape that inspired him. £6. Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies).

Five churches ramble
Saturday 6 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm

A 10 mile guided ramble through the beautiful Dedham Vale, passing ancient churches and beautiful villages. £8. Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies).

Walk on the wildside
Sutton Hoo
Sunday 7 October, 11am

Join natural health expert Julie Foster as she introduces you to simple botanical identification of useful edible and medicinal plants on a walk around Sutton Hoo. £8 Booking essential on 01394 389714.

Fungi foray
Dunwich Heath
Sunday 7 & 28 October, 10.30am & 2pm

Guided by an expert, join in the search for fungi around the heath and grasslands. There will be fungi specials in the tearoom too. £8.50. Booking essential on 01728 648501.

Buildings of Flatford
Saturday 13 October, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Learn more about the history of Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s House and Valley Farm on this walk around buildings not normally open to visitors. £6. Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies) .

Walk with a ranger
Wednesday 17 October, 11.30am

Join our Head Ranger for a guided tour around the countryside he manages in the heart of Constable Country. £6. Booking essential on 0844 2491895 (small booking fee applies).

Ranger walk
Pin Mill
Wednesday 24 October, 11am

Join our Head Ranger as we go for a ramble around Pin Mill, looking at the quirky features of the site and the work we are doing there. Note that the meeting point is a pay and display car park (not NT).

Autumn adventure trail
Sutton Hoo
Saturday 27 October – Saturday 3 November, 10.30am – 5pm

Have fun exploring the estate with our new autumnal trail for all the family!

Halloween trail
Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November, 11.30am – 3pm

Seek out the clues that the Flatford witch has dropped from her broomstick. £1

Welly wanging
Sutton Hoo
Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November, 1pm 1.30pm

An organised welly wanging (or throwing) competition for all ages, abilities and agilities!

Geocaching trails
Dunwich Heath
Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November, 10am – 4pm

Enjoy a high tech treasure hunt with us. Inside the caches you can find information about Dunwich, its management and history. Come and have a try!

Family welly walk
Saturday 27 October, 11am

Come along with your funky wellies and join us for a walk. Don’t forget to bring the family.

Family fun challenge trail
Saturday 27 October – Sunday 4 November

Join our fun family trail in the woods around Ickworth with clues to solve, treasures to collect and fun challenges for all the family.

Night at the museum
Sutton Hoo
Saturday 27 October & Saturday 3 November, 6pm

Discover Sutton Hoo at night with a special gruesome graves tour and exhibition visit. Come face-to-face with royalty and meet King Raedwald himself. Hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm up afterwards – don’t forget your torch! £7. Booking essential on 01394 389714.

An ‘extraordinary’ walk
Sunday 28 October, 2pm & Thursday 1 November, 11.30am

The Hervey family’s history is one of eccentricity, intrigue, grandeur and scandal. Join us for a fascinating walk and hear all about how they shaped Ickworth’s rich heritage.

October ramble
Dunwich Heath
Tuesday 30 October, 10am

Enjoy a two hour guided walk with the warden exploring the fascinating wildlife of Dunwich Heath. Booking essential on 01728 648501.

Lavenham by lantern light
Lavenham Guildhall
Saturday 3 November, 6.30pm

See the medieval village of Lavenham in a whole new light on our lantern walk as we delve into its history. The evening ends with hot chocolate and cake. £7.50 adults, £3.50 child. Booking essential on 01787 247646.

The shooting party walk
Sunday 4 November, 1pm

In the 1930s the Hervey family would host grand shooting parties. Explore the past of this grand estate and find out how it’s managed today.

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