Discovering Suffolk on foot

Katharine Green
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One of the great things about taking up something new is the unexpected benefits you get from it. Since I became a Nordic walking instructor, I have discovered so many new walks, even though I have lived in Suffolk for many years. The internet is a great place to start when looking for new places to Nordic walk.

From our own doorstep, our Wickhambrook village website is incredibly informative, featuring 33 walks between Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Clare. Each walk has a detailed description with all sorts of information from transport, parking, livestock and pubs, to a map, showing the route and distance. Another good local website is the Five parish walks which gives distance and difficulty.

Further afield the Discover Suffolk website gives a comprehensive list of coastal walks, circular walks, long distance routes and organised walks. The Interactive Suffolk Map contains over 70 circular walks, each of which is accompanied by a leaflet in downloadable format or a web link. Each walk leaflet has a map and a detailed description; many include advice on travel, where to park, points of interest and places to eat. Walks are typically 3-5 miles in length, ranging from a short 1 mile stroll along the heritage coast at Southwold to the more challenging 18 miles of the Stanton Rides.

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