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Top National Trust winter walks including Ickworth near Bury St Edmunds and Sutton Hoo in Woodbridge

After a week of indulging yourself in festive food and spending most of the time on the sofa, a good long walk sounds ideal.

Whether you’re looking for a short wander or something longer to stretch those legs, finding the perfect route can be tricky.

To help kick off your New Year, here’s a list of top winter walks as revealed by the National Trust.


Bridge cottage in Flatford. Picture: Justin Minns
Bridge cottage in Flatford. Picture: Justin Minns

Flatford, at Dedham Vale on the Suffolk/Essex border, was the inspiration behind some of painter John Constable's most famous art work.

The trails here take visitors through Flatford, East Bergholt and Dedham alongside the River Stour.

Walkers can also spot Flatford Mill itself, as well as Willy Lott's House which appears in several famous artworks.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is an accessible countryside trail for off-road mobility vehicles.

Ickworth Estate

Ickworth Estate, near Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Arnhel de Serra
Ickworth Estate, near Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Arnhel de Serra

The Italianate Palace, near Bury St Edmunds, has over 1800 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and gardens to explore.

The Monument Walk, a circular route which weaves through the historic estate, offers breath-taking landscape and is a great route for the winter.

The river walk has firm footing and is suitable for those using wheelchairs and mobility aids as well as for buggies and young children.

Dogs at the site are welcome (except for the Italianate Palace), provided they are on a short lead, and mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available on loan.

Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge. Picture: Arnhel de Serra
Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge. Picture: Arnhel de Serra

This Anglo-Saxon burial site is the perfect spot for a scenic winter stroll with miles of walking trails.

The Ferry Cliff walk explores woodlands, fields and river on a three-mile route, which has stunning views over the River Deben.

There is also a 17m viewing tower which gives views across the burial site.

Dogs are also welcomed here and mobility scooters for hire.

Dunwich Heath and Beach

Dunwich Beach. Picture: Justin Minns
Dunwich Beach. Picture: Justin Minns

If you’re looking for a wintery beach walk, then Dunwich Beach might be your answer.

Full of migrating birds such as hen harriers, merlins bramblings, redwings and fieldfares, this site is perfect for nature lovers.

There are two and three miles routes that traverse heathland and clifftop paths, with stunning coastal views.

It’s another great site to enjoy with your furry friends, which are welcome off-lead under close control.

Tearooms and cafes are available at each National Trust site and make a great place to grab a hot drink after a bracing walk.

Which site will you visit on your New Year’s Day walk?