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These are the seven best spots to go running in Suffolk, including in Bury St Edmunds, Aldeburgh and Clare



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It's the same every January 1 - new year, new me.

Whether it's a new diet, a better exercise regime, or reading more, many of us make new year's resolutions to guide us through the doldrums of January.

For those wanting to get outside jogging in the crisp winter air this month, Suffolk News has made the task all the easier with our comprehensive list.

These are the seven best spots to go running in Suffolk
These are the seven best spots to go running in Suffolk

So here are our seven best spots in the county for a run.

1. Nowton Park

Found on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, this 200-acre park features an arboretum, children's play area and even a carved panda.

Nowton Park, just outside Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Nowton Park, just outside Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton.

It is also a great spot to put on the running shoes and do a couple of laps.

A lot of the pathways can get quite muddy though - something to watch out for.

2. Brandon Country Park

If you fancy a few miles around the heart of The Brecks, then this is your spot.

Brandon Country Park. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Brandon Country Park. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The park comprises open heathland, green forests and great views.

With over 30 acres to cover, where better to pace around.

3. Aldeburgh to Thorpeness

Aldeburgh beach. Picture: Google. (54144522)
Aldeburgh beach. Picture: Google. (54144522)

Getting from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness along the Suffolk coastline is only a 2.1 mile journey, so a good distance to cover for beginners.

For those who can manage a bit further, you can turn back on yourself or even carry on running.

Sunset at Sutton Hoo, in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Sunset at Sutton Hoo, in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

You might want to stop off at either spot for a quick bite to eat or something to drink though - there's plenty of cafés, restaurants and pubs to choose from.

4. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Suffolk Coast and Heaths was designated in 1970 with the purpose of conserving and enhancing the habitats and biodiversity of the special heathlands, woodlands, estuaries and coast.

So if you're wanting to take in some wildlife while getting the heart pumping, where better to go?

If you've got the stamina, you could even run through to Woodbridge, or Sutton Hoo, as well.

Bradfield Woods Visitor Centre.
Bradfield Woods Visitor Centre.

5. Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve

Nestled in between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, this 81 hectare reserve is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.

It is one of the UK's best woodland wildlife sites and dates back to 1252 when it was used to supply firewood and wood products for locals.

So running through here could be considered a history lesson as much as a bit of exercise.

West Stow Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley.
West Stow Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley.

6. West Stow Country Park

Home to the Anglo-Saxon village, this award-winning country park has bundles on offer besides being a great running spot.

Learn about the legend of Beowulf, take in some stunning views and maybe even stop for a bit of fishing in one of the lakes if you feel like it too.

Clare Castle Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley.
Clare Castle Country Park. Picture: Mark Westley.

7. Clare Castle Country Park

Eight miles east of Haverhill, this park is home to swans and cygnets, a castle wall with an impressive view, and an old railway with a café attached.

It is a starting point for a number of walking routes, which could easily be run along as well.

You can even use the park as a base for the fascinating Clare town trail.