Last Updated 17 March 2020 at 18:05
UPDATE: Following the Government’s revised advice on Coronvirus issued 16 March we are no longer able to offer the Guided Walks planned for 21 March and 4 April. Both walks are cancelled.
Original story published 19 February 2020 at 19:01
The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership is aiming to get more more people walking this Spring with a series of free guided walks.
The Partnership will run a guided walk over five Saturdays from 29 February until 4 April with each one starting and ending at a Greater Anglia rail station on the Ipswich – Lowestoft and Felixstowe rail lines.
The Partnership’s Chairman, Aaron Taffera, says he hopes that because the walks start and end at the rail station people that will come from far and wide to enjoy them – and be able to leave the car at home
“It means that people can discover our beautiful Suffolk countryside without the pollution of additional cars entering the county.”
The first walk, on Saturday 29 February, is a 5-mile circular walk from Westerfield station. More details about other walks in the programme can be found on the Guided Walks page of this website.
The five walks all start and end at a rail station, connecting with train times.
Aaron added, “Studies have shown that walking is great for your health and the beautiful scenery of our part of Suffolk is positively good for the soul, so we encourage everyone to come and try one of our walks.”
“With the added benefit of being able to travel on one of Greater Anglia’s brand new, more environmentally friendly trains, people can get out and about whilst reducing their carbon footprint.”
The Partnership has also produced a book of self-guided walks from rail stations which is free and available from most public buildings in Suffolk such as tourist information centres and libraries or online on our Station Walks page.
The booklet contains detailed maps and diagrams, duration of each walk, landmarks, details of the scenery along the way and places to stop for refreshments. All the walks are way-marked with the East Suffolk Line Walks logo.
The book of 22 walks – covering more than 160 miles – saw the Partnership nominated for an ‘Influencing Positive Change’ Award at last year’s Community Rail Awards.