Walking Holidays and Breaks

From leg-stretchers through forests and farmland to family strolls around historic sites, the heart of Suffolk is easy to explore on foot. Three locations – Clare, Eye and Shotley – even have special Walkers are Welcome accreditation!

For those who really like to stride out, several well-known and some long-distance paths run through the county, including the Suffolk Way – a 113-mile route that starts at Flatford and finishes at Lowestoft  – while, close to the border with Norfolk, the Waveney Valley Walks are a series of circular routes that follow the 77-mile Angles Way. Elsewhere, other challenges include the Stour Valley Path that threads through Constable Country, the Mid Suffolk Footpath that links Hoxne to Stowmarket and, closer to the coast, the 60-mile Sandlings Walk that meanders between Ipswich and Southwold. 

Ancient forests and woodlands cover much of the county, so they’re a natural choice for a nice family walk. Rendlesham Forest – infamous for reports by the US Air Force of UFO sightings in 1980 – has numerous trails. And across the county, near to Thetford, there’s both Santon Downham and Brandon Country Park to explore. For more manicured surroundings, plan a trip to Thornham Walks, a landscaped parkland criss-crossed by 12 miles of paths and part of the Thornham Estate to the north of Ipswich. 

Suffolk is home to many historic houses, ancient castles and heritage sites, and there are walks to be enjoyed around all. Clare Castle Country Park is the setting for a series of six walks varying from two to seven miles. Fantastic views of another favourite Suffolk castle, Framlingham, are found on the The Brownsord Way, a circular 11-mile route that can be shortened thanks to several cleverly-planned access and exit points. The hauntingly beautiful Sutton Hoo estate, home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, is the location of a lovely three-mile walk. 

The National Trust cares for many of the county’s major attractions and actively welcomes walkers. Starting from Manningtree Station, its Flatford and Constable walking trail – featured in ITV's Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 – is a four- to seven-mile walk that explores the picturesque Stour Valley and Dedham Vale

Close to Bury St Edmunds, Ickworth Park offers a number of waymarked routes and cross-country paths that take you through diverse habitats and scenery. And wildlife, wildflowers and wool are all themes for a self-guided walk from Lavenham to Long Melford, largely following the route of the old GER line. Alternatively, the Melford Hall to Sudbury Three Mills Walk starts from Long Melford and meanders through Sudbury's famed water meadows and past old water mills before ending at Gainsborough's House and then his statue in Sudbury Market Place.

A circular route around Clare and Cavendish allows you to explore two more picture-perfect Suffolk Wool Towns. It’s a challenging walk with climbs and descents, gates and stiles en route, but there are pubs at each end to reward your effort.And some of Suffolk’s religious history can be discovered on an Angels and Pinnacles walk, which takes you on a tour of four churches – Woolpit, Rattlesden, Shelland and Hessett – to combine the best of the countryside with the county’s magnificent medieval heritage. 

Did you know? In early summer the Suffolk Walking Festival caters for all ages and fitness levels. Pub and teashop stops are often scheduled for those who need encouragement to keep going, too.



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Orford, Woodbridge and Orford

BUA2

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£686 - £1001
per week
From £524 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A thoughtfully designed 1 bedroom apartment with beautiful views over Butley River, Woodbridge at Butley Mill is the ultimate couples retreat.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 8 miles
  • Pub 0.6 miles

Horringer, Bury and the Wool Towns

HHA

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£436 - £726
per week
From £336 for a 3-night stay
  • The Annexe is the perfect escape for two guests who are looking for peace and quiet in a tranquil setting
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 45 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

SFMCW

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£396 - £631
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • A small but perfectly formed cottage in the heart of the popular Suffolk market town of Woodbridge. Perfect for a couple looking for a self catering walking holiday without having to go far to try some of the fantastic local amenities.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Beach 9.7 miles

Laxfield, Heart of Suffolk

3CHV

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£371 - £641
per week
From £287 for a 3-night stay
  • Set in the heart of Laxfield, 3 Church Villas boasts striking views of the impressive church. With pubs and a shop on your doorstep you can truly relax and take in your beautiful Suffolk surroundings.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 13.7 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Beccles, Waveney Valley

BECC

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£436 - £591
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Nestled in the heart of the popular market town of Beccles lies No 1. A cosy cottage ideal for any couple looking to enjoy all Suffolk has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 8 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Wickhambrook, Bury and the Wool Towns

TOSH

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£526 - £886
per week
From £404 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • The Old School House, nestled in the heart of the the Suffolk countryside and surrounded by the most stunning countryside views offers guests a real touch a luxury during your self catering getaway.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 50 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Laxton

LOD1

Russett

LOD5

Woodbridge, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

PHW

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£1031 - £1681
per week
From £782 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • A luxury top floor apartment which has been beautifully furnished and has the most spectacular views over the River Deben.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 16 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Whepstead, Bury and the Wool Towns

MAL

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£526 - £886
per week
From £283 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Mallards is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the West Suffolk countryside. This pet friendly cottage is the ideal bolt hole for any couple looking for a romantic break away to enjoy all the county has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 48 miles
  • Pub 0.9 miles

Stoke by Nayland , Constable Country

LOD7

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£716 - £1026
per week
From £546 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • This idyllic Penthouse Lodge nestled within the beautiful Suffolk countryside is the ideal base for any couple looking to kick back and relax during their self catering break.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Sudbourne, Woodbridge and Orford

TGS

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£511 - £816
per week
From £392 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Standing proud on the grounds of a former outbuilding, The Green Shed is a newly constructed modern one bedroomed brick and timber lodge. Beautifully furnished this will make the perfect base for your next Suffolk escape.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 11 miles
  • Pub 1.1 miles
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