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Suffolk is an inspiring and beautiful county to walk in with approximately 3,500 miles of public footpaths spanning the coastline inland to the brecks and Fenlands.

Our landscape, rights of way, footpaths, coastal path, circular walks, long distance routes, organised walks, green spaces and parks combine to make Suffolk a wonderful, walking-friendly county.

Suffolk's Year of Walking celebrates walking in Suffolk, promotes walking events and encourages new walking opportunities.

Walking facts and benefits

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Walking one mile will take just 15 minutes of exercise at 4mph and you will burn up to 100 calories. Walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Walking can help you shape up - you use 200 muscles each time you take a step and walking two miles a day, 3 times a week can help reduce weight by around 1lb every three weeks.

Walk your way to a clearer head - 30 minutes walking a day can reduce symptoms of depression by 36% and a survey by Mind found that 71% of people experienced a decrease in levels of depression after going for a walk.

Walking for the environment - it makes the air cleaner. Around 17kg of carbon are saved per person per year by walking to work.

Regular walking has shown to reduce the risk of chronic illness, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory diseases, stroke and some cancers and can also be a great way of reducing social isolation and improving mental health.

Get involved with Suffolk's Year of Walking

We want to know about the walks you enjoy in the county so we can promote them for others to enjoy too. The aim of this website is to provide a 'one stop shop' for walking in Suffolk during the Year of Walking.

You can email SuffolkYOW@suffolk.gov.uk or join the discussion on social media #WalkSuffolk. We also welcome photographs for use on the website and social media if you'd like to send them in.

Together we can make a real difference to our health, happiness and our environment. Come along for the stride!