Get Your Boots On!

Published: Tuesday 22nd Mar 2016

Written by: Sally Owen.

With its big skies, wonderful landscapes and abundance of wildlife Suffolk is a beautiful place to enjoy a walking holiday, and this year (from May 2016 to May 2017) is the Suffolk Year of Walking, so there’s no better time to get your boots on!

Suffolk’s Year of Walking is a partnership project supported by all of Suffolk’s local authorities and is intended to celebrate walking in the county, promote walking events and encourage new walking opportunities.  The initiative kicks off on Saturday 14th May with the Suffolk Walking Festival, which runs for three weeks until Sunday 5th June.

The Suffolk Walking Festival is aimed at anyone with a love of the great outdoors – there’s something for everyone in the programme of 77 themed walks.  Enjoy a gentle one-mile stroll or for the ultra-fit there’s even a 24hour challenge walk tackling the 60 miles of coastline and countryside from Lowestoft to Felixstowe.

For those in need of some stress relief there are two ‘mindfulness’ walks in the schedule.  There’s ‘prambling’ walks for mums with pushchairs, bird watching and pilates walks, speed-dating walks and even a ‘Horrible-Histories’ walk in Ipswich.

Here at Suffolk Secret’s we think the Walking Festival is a great reason to visit, and our choice of fabulous self-catering holiday cottages is just as diverse as the walking schedule!

Scott’s Hall Cottage, sleeps six guests and is situated within the RSPB Minsmere Reserve, the starting point for the launch walk on 14th May. 

Stable Cottage is a newly converted barn that sleeps two in the quiet countryside setting of Tostock.  It’s the perfect holiday cottage to stay in if you fancy taking part in the 4-mile long Norton circular walk that’s being held on 15th May

Why not get the whole family involved?  Take a holiday at the lovely Lake Farm Barn on the Shotley Peninsula and take part in the 1½ mile amble around Alton Water on 19th May. 

Suffolk Secrets is proud to support the development of walkways in Suffolk.  In 2015 the company contributed over £28k to The Sailors Path, a delightful path from Snape Maltings to the coastal town of Aldeburgh.  This was a Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB project that we would delighted to be involved in.

So what are you waiting for?  Give yourself something to look forward and book your cottage walking holiday today!  You can browse our collection of holiday cottages here, or for more information about the Suffolk Walking Festival visit

Sally Owen.
Sally Owen.


Brand Marketing Manager

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