A good walking holiday is all about you putting your feet up. At least that’s the way that we see it at Walking Breaks. We plan you an inspiring itinerary in Norfolk or Suffolk, through historic landscapes or seascapes, organise your comfortable accommodation, transfer your luggage and are there at the end of the phone if you need us - so you can set off on your gentle adventure, with real peace of mind and relax even before you pack your boots.
We’ve been listening and learning from our Walking Break customers since 1998 and treading the local footpaths for even longer. Over this time, we’ve refined and added to our tours portfolio, but never lost our very personal touch. We choose our accommodation ourselves, from a walker’s perspective and seek out plenty of good watering holes and food stops along our well-researched routes.
Whether travelling into the UK by plane or ferry or choosing a holiday ‘at home’ for a change, heading out on a gentle walking adventure in England is a great way to experience – or re-experience – the British coast and countryside, because the real England becomes so much more immediate and the great skies of Suffolk and Norfolk in particular have a special way of putting everything into perspective.
Only a short car journey or train ride out of London and its airports or from the Midlands, Suffolk and Norfolk are easily accessible. With reduced travel times, there’s no question of taking any hours out of your break, and on the day you arrive at your first hotel, you can start exploring on foot immediately. Whether you’ve got just a small weekend window or the luxury of a week away, a walking break is a perfect way to unwind and enjoy some ‘breathe-in’ space.
England has a great range of relaxing landscapes and a reasonable climate just right for a gentle walking adventure. Walking Breaks itineraries are designed to introduce you real English gems such as half-timbered villages and Georgian market towns and lead you through breath-taking scenery such as the dunes and marshlands of the North Norfolk Coast, letting you choose your own pace at the same time as providing optional itinerary extras if you fancy a bit more of a challenge.
Follow coastal paths which lead to new gentle adventures. Feel sea-breezes and a sense of space. Norfolk and Suffolk make up the historic rim of coastline around the ancient kingdom of East Anglia. From the Dark Ages ship burial at Sutton Hoo on the Suffolk Sandlings to most impressive medieval mega-church at tiny Blakeney on Norfolk’s timeless coast, from the Norman castle at Orford to Victorian Sheringham and its nostalgic steam railway, this is one time-honoured treat and there are great footpaths to lead the way through places which are real microcosms of England’s history. In Norfolk, the salt marshes at Cley stretch endlessly; Burnham Market bustles with trendy London life close to the winding creeks and staithes, not far from charming harbours like Wells-next-the-Sea. Holkham Hall is one amazing Palladian mansion, residence of the Earl of Leiceister and Cromer is the home of delicious crabs galore. Down in Suffolk, Maggi Hamblin’s Scallop is a shell of contention near where fishermen sell their catch from huts on the beach in Aldeburgh. Smokehouses scent the air in Orford, just a pebble’s throw from the long mystical shingle spit of Orford Ness. At Dunwich the ruins of the Greyfriars cling to the clifftops; Thorpeness has its very own house-in-the-clouds, Southwold ,a landmark of a lighthouse and Minsmere, booming bitterns and adventurous avocets.
Kissing gates and stiles. Bridges and butterflies. Lush meadows and hedgerows lined with the seeds and stems of beautiful British wild flowers. The countryside and villages of inland Suffolk just sum up England as it should be. Rural landscapes shaped by time, pasture and cornfields, punctuated by hamlets whose huge flint churches stand testimony to wealthy times gone by. Framlingham Castle remembers Mary Tudor, labyrinthine Lavenham – one of England’s best preserved medieval towns - has streets full of half-timbered buildings leaning across their lanes to exchange whispers about the past. On the Suffolk/ Essex border East Bergholt and Dedham share stories about life on the Stour and young John Constable’s school days. Suffolk’s inland footpaths and alleyways have stood the test of time; refreshed every season, they are a real English pleasure at any time of year.
Listening and learning from our customers since 1998, our Walking Breaks team understand your holiday priorities and pride themselves on personal service.
We simply love walking and sharing our enthusiasm and expertise. We develop routes and select accommodation personally to ensure the most inspiring and refreshing of gentle walking adventures. The detail in our tours is appreciated by our customers and our holidays are considered to be good value for money.
With our valuable local knowledge about Norfolk and Suffolk, we can advise on the suitability of routes, how to get to your chosen start destination and tailor itineraries to individual requirements. Walking Breaks holidaysWhat’s more, we aim to offer real peace of mind, organising accommodation and taxi transfers, meticulous route notes and mapping with top tips all round, transporting luggage so you can relax on your gentle journey from place to place and being at the end of a phone once you are out and about.