Walking Festival Cottages

What leaves 24 million footprints, uncovers hidden treasures and touches every corner of Suffolk every May? The Suffolk Walking Festival does! Now in its 12th year, the festival has established itself as one of Britain’s premier walking festivals with over 120 walks and events across the county. And the 2019 festival (May 11th to June 2nd)  is going to the most creative, imaginative and ambitious one to date.  

There are over 120 walks and events from dawn chorus to hidden orchids, from Arthur Ransome to John Constable, and from Anglo-Saxons to naval heritage. There’s even murder, myths and a little bit of magic too. 

Some of the 2019 highlights include a walk with Kite, talking to owls and riding in jeeps! Kite’s day job is the Orford Ness sheepdog and she’ll be joined by her shepherd owner to explain how sheep manage the reserve for wildlife. Then there’s a Night Safari when you’ll enter an ancient woodland just after sun down to experience the wood’s nocturnal life slowly waken (and get to talk to owls!). Very special this year is a 6-mile walk to Eye Airfield where we’ll explore its war-time heritage before taking a ride in vintage military vehicles. 

As well as these there is a walk discovering the fascinating history of Ipswich’s Waterfront followed by a Thames Barge cruise down the River Orwell; an 80-mile Challenge Walk from Lowestoft to Ipswich; and a celebration of the Stour Valley Path with an evening outdoor supper. There are walks and events for everyone: short strolls, gentle rambles, long hikes; family walks, history walks, nature walks; story-telling, art lessons, photography courses; walks with boat trips, walks with breakfasts, even walks with train rides.

This year also sees the second Fringe Festival, events where walking takes a back seat to allow you to immerse yourself in the very heart of the Suffolk landscape, to capture or experience the countryside in new ways. One example of this are our Mindfulness walks in very special locations, far from the disturbance of everyday life. 

Suffolk Secrets is delighted to support this event and for the third year running is the 'Official Accommodation Partner'.

The 2019 Suffolk Walking Festival and Fringe is May 11th to June 2nd. All walks are ticketed, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. Brochures are available in various outlets including tourist information centres and Cotswold Outdoors. To find out more and to buy tickets visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk 


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Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

AATHEG

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£431 - £831
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • This hidden gem is located a stone's throw from Southwolds' high street. This little cottage will tick many of your boxes; it comes with parking, a private courtyard and has a modern furnishing throughout,
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Parham, The Suffolk Countryside

GDNV

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£336 - £606
per week
From £261 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Garden View is a lovely first floor apartment in the village of Parham. Situated within Parham Hall the accommodation would make a lovely couples retreat to Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 5 miles

Bawdsey, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

HOK

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£291 - £531
per week
From £227 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Hollyhocks is a cosy character cottage which has been comfortably furnished to make a lovely little couples retreat in a picturesque setting.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.75 miles

Saxmundham, Suffolk Coast and Heaths

PIT

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£341 - £586
per week
From £265 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Cosy, contemporary and modern, The Little Hopton has everything at hand for a romantic getaway or some quiet time in the county of Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.25 miles

Frostenden, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

PHC

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£371 - £676
per week
From £287 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A delightful self-catering cottage situated in the rural location of Frostenden, close by to Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1.1 miles

Thrandeston, The Suffolk Countryside

POPP

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£466 - £706
per week
From £359 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Poppy's Cottage is a single storey barn conversion which is ideal for a self-catering couples break away from everyday life, located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 2 miles

Reydon, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

ARK

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£316 - £601
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • The Ark is a uniquely designed property in the lovely village location of Reydon, on the outskirts of Southwold.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Shottisham, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

SFSBS

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£496 - £756
per week
From £381 for a 3-night stay
  • Surrounded by acres of ancient heathland, woods and meadows, Sewell Barn is in the ideal spot for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle. This comfortable, charming barn conversion offers guest an excellent stay.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Southwold, Southwold & Surrounding Villages

MEWS

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£481 - £706
per week
From £370 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • An ideal apartment for a couple wishing for a quiet getaway yet within easy access of all that Southwold has to offer.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Benhall, Suffolk Coast

2BG

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£456 - £661
per week
From £351 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • In the quaint Suffolk village of Benhall, 2 Benhall Green is a deceptively spacious one bedroom cottage full of light and character. Offering generous self-catering accommodation for two and two dogs looking to explore the Suffolk coastline and beyond.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 6.5 miles
  • Pub 1.4 miles

Wickham Market, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

SAMP

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£391 - £656
per week
From £302 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • This beautiful converted windmill located in pretty village of Wickham Market provides the ultimate couples retreat ideal for those looking for something a little bit different in Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1 mile

Iken, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

IBG

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£351 - £706
per week
From £272 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Greenacres offers spacious accommodation ideal for a couple wishing to relax and explore this exceptional area around the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 2 miles
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