Walking is the best way to get to know an area; with its gentle undulations and myriad pathways and byways, the Blyth Valley is perfect walking territory (with or without your dog). An ambitious walk would be the 17 mile length of the River Blyth from source to sea or ‘In pursuit of Black Shuck‘ from Halesworth to Blythburgh and beyond or even the long distance route right up the east coast but there are trails suitable for all levels of interest and ability, so whether you’re a serious hiker or just fancy a short stroll in some beautiful countryside, you’ll find something suitable. Check out the walking guides produced by SCC.

For example, follow criss-crossing trails across Halesworth’s Mlllennium Green or pick up a Circular Walk around Halesworth or Laxfield or a wonderful Circular Walk around Wenhaston, Mells & Blyford. Follow the old Southwold Railway route through the Blyth Valley or that which runs from Halesworth via the East Suffolk Rail Line south to Darsham Station or north to Brampton Station. All sorts of suggestions can be found online, for example on Walking in Suffolk which has numerous details of walks to and from Southwold, Dunwich, Walberswick & Blythburgh including Southwold to Walberswick via the Marshes. Or try this Southwold to Walberswick.

Don’t overlook traditional leaflets and books. From bookshops, there is a great choice of guides detailing local rambles + public footpath maps. Suffolk Coasts & Heaths AONB produce walking guides, printed or free to download. Scenic circular walks such as those set out in the printed Pub Walks Guides (arriving conveniently at an Adnams pub for lunch and a drink!) are also available.

Local walks feature in the Suffolk Walking Festival every May.