Winter seems to be lasting a lifetime and we know that it is the perfect time to hibernate and avoid the standard British weather. However, it might be time to ditch a day on the sofa for a day appreciating some of the beautiful countryside and walks that Suffolk has to offer.
Begin your winter walk at the Orford village car park, and start your 5.5 mile circular walk. This route will take you through the tranquil quayside and towards Chantry Point. Enjoy the views of the river wall before turning back inland towards Orford castle.
Orford Castle was built in the 12th century by Henry ll, and it is fantastically well-preserved, providing spectacular views of the village and the beautiful coastline.
The town of Framlingham is nestled into the scenic Suffolk countryside, and is a favourite among visitors and locals. You can stroll around the town and catch a glimpse of history, or take a walk around the 12th centuary castle which is surrounded by parkland. The castle creates the perfect backdrop for your winter walk around the grounds, as well as a great photo opportunity.
On the north bank of the River Alde, you will find a place full of wildlife and wonder. Snape Marshes, can be reached by parking at Priory Road. The site is spread across 75 acres, however there is a huge range of species found among the marshes. The marshes criss-cross with freshwater banks creating a network of open water and reeds, which are the perfect cover for otters.
In the south of Suffolk, is a charming walk which starts at the Dedham Parish Church. The church was built as a dedication to St Mary the Virgin in 1492, and is a beautiful piece of architecture. Head along the B1029 (Dedham Road), and when you pass the sign for Essex, cross the bridge and take the riverside footpath across the fields, until you reach the National Trust Flat Mill. You will then see Willy Lott’s Cottage, which is a 16th century cottage made famous for featuring John Constables painting, The Hay Wain. When you continue a little bit further, you will find a quaint café, which serves a traditional cream tea. Be sure to stop in before heading back along the river.
A rather peculiar walk, Rendlesham is one to the sites of perhaps the most significant UFO incident in the UK. Back in the December of 1980, there were a number of sightings of a UFO. This trail is about 3 miles long, and meanders through woodland, which is the perfect setting for a spot of lunch, just remember to bring a picnic.
As well as walks inland, there are some lovely coastal walks around the edge of Suffolk. The coastline stretches for 50 miles and each part is equally as beautiful. So take a stroll down to the coast, don’t forget to indulge in some fish and chips.
Suffolk’s landscape is spectacular, with its beautiful coastline, mystical forests and open heathland, it is the perfect place to escape the hectic nature of our everyday lives. It is also a location which is ideal for weekend breaks for families. So if you are looking for a break, Suffolk is the perfect place, as there is something to do all year long, and many say it is even more spectacular in the colder months.