by John | Dec 11, 2015 |

Winter Wonder Walks: Framlingham

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A brilliant day out in Suffolk doesn't have to cost the world! Spending time with loved ones outdoors can be fun and a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories. This Winter we are encouraging you to take a breath of fresh air and explore Suffolk by foot. From coastal exploring to countryside adventures, Suffolk has plenty of wonderful walks to offer. 




Framlingham is a delightful historic town with a splendid castle and vibrant market place. Nestled in the countryside and characterised by quiet street, sprinkled with charming independent shops and eateries, there’s plenty to explore. To really see what this wonderful town has to offer we recommend the Framlingham Castle Walk. This short but sweet walk begins in the heart of Framlingham and heads out into the surrounding countryside where you can explore the medieval castle and Mere. For anyone wanting to take in the gorgeous Suffolk countryside, this is the perfect walk for you. The walk is about 2.5 miles and mostly on town streets and field paths so is perfect for the whole family. For a full itinerary click here .


For any keen walkers, wishing for a longer stroll, why not travel further around the Mere or even venture further into the town. Framlingham Castle is a definite highlight of the walk; so magnificent and full of history. If you have time we would fully recommend visiting the castle itself! Interesting fact: It was where Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England. As an added bonus the castle frequently hosts some fantastic events for children. For more information and opening times visit the website here. Even if you don’t visit the castle, adventuring around Framlingham Mere with the castle as the backdrop, still makes for a very enjoyable day. Owned by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Mere is a haven full of wildlife, home to over 290 species of plants and 80 species of birds. It does get a muddy in the winter months so do remember to wear wellies and pack a waterproof!


I Spy - Something for the Children
If you’re worried a walk might be dull for the kids, why not brighten up the adventure by playing a game of I Spy. On this walk there are so many great I Spy opportunities! Stuck for inspiration? Try these ones to begin.

I Spy with my little eye something beginning with SMC...
Clues:
1) Inside I'm full of fascinating carved tombs including the tomb of Thomas Howard (3rd Duke of Norfolk).
2) I have historical links dating back to medieval times.

I Spy with my little eye something beginning with PB…
Clues:
1) I'm bright, bold and red.
2) You still use me today but I'm from the Victorian era.

(Answers to I Spy will be revealed at the end of our Winter Wonder Walks series. Keep your eyes peeled. Or if you can’t wait until then tweet us @visitsuffolk using the hash tag #WinterWonderWalks)

Another activity to keep the children entertained on your travels is a game called Funny Walks. To play simply take turns deciding how to walk until reaching the next landmark of your choice. To get the giggles going, our tops picks our monkey (swinging arms), crocodile (arms out front, opening and closing) and lion (fingers clawed and strong movements). Sound effects are encouraged but, of course, optional.


 After all that walking why not treat yourself and  head into the heart of the town and enjoy a cup of  tea and a bite to eat. For a light lunch the Dancing  Goat Cafe is a great choice offering a range of  tasty treats from sandwiches, home made soups  and burgers. Not to mention all the delicious  cakes and pastries. While in the town why not take  a wander along the quiet streets and take in the  history. If you plan your walk on a Saturday or Tuesday you could even pop along to the Framlingham Market which is bursting with fresh local produce, crafts, clothes and friendly faces.


Tempted to have a winter break in Suffolk to explore Framlingham and its wonderful walks? For couples looking for a romantic getaway, Akenfield Cottage in Letheringham might be the perfect cottage for you. For families, The Granary in Great Glemham might be just what you’re after. Click here to have a look at some more charming properties in the area.


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