There are many benefits to walking. They include:
- It's a low-impact way to stay active and burn calories
- It can help you build stamina, and improve your heart health
- It's good for your mental health and wellbeing
- It can fit around your lifestyle - and you can set your pace, distance and route
- It's free!
This webpage contains information about how to find and plan walks in the district of Babergh.
Discover Suffolk is Suffolk County Council's guide to the Suffolk outdoors. Their website provides information about walking, cycling and horse riding routes in the county.
Their interactive map allows you to filter and search for different kinds of routes (for example, walks that are over eight miles long).
Discover Suffolk are also responsible for organising the annual Suffolk Walking Festival.
Discover Suffolk also offer a free mobile app, which can be downloaded via Apple's App Store or Google Play.
OneLife Suffolk run over 200 volunteer-led walks across Suffolk every month.
Their Wellbeing Walks are free to join, and are graded according to five levels of difficulty - there is something for everyone.
Visit OneLife Suffolk's website to find out more information about Wellbeing Walks.
You can also book a place on a Wellbeing Walk online.
Volunteer with OneLife Suffolk
If you are interested in leading a Wellbeing Walk, and helping local people stay active and meet new friends, you can become a Wellbeing Walks volunteer.
The Ramblers' Association help manage and promote walks all over Great Britain.
Visit The Ramblers' Association's website to find a walk that's local to you.
You can also join your local Ramblers Group, if you are interested in organised group walks.
Parkruns are weekly community 5k events, that are free to join. Participants can run, jog or walk the distance.
There are two types of event:
- Parkrun: 5k events that take place every Saturday morning at 9am
- Junior parkrun: 2k events, for 4 - 14 year olds, that take place every Sunday morning at 9am
Before you attend a parkrun, you will need to register. This only needs to be done once.
Parkrun events in Babergh
GetOutside, from Ordnance Survey, is a website and app that helps people get outside more often.
They have produced a series of walking guides.
- Sudbury Town Council have published downloadable maps and guides to walking routes in Sudbury
- Your local town or parish council may also publish local walking information on their website