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Suffolk is wonderful county, so what better way is there to discover its countryside, coastline and those many sleepy villages than on foot. The variety of walking is vast, ranging from heather and gorse lined nature trails to river tow paths, from coastal sand dunes to countryside footpaths linking up tiny hamlets.

You do not have to venture far from the Sibton White Horse to find your first footpath with one literally opposite the car park. This footpath is one of two main circular walks that meander in and around Sibton and neighbouring Peasenhall. When starting out from the pub both walks are approximately six miles, take approximately two hours and provide interesting and beautiful views across the countryside. A short drive to Sibton Church and one walk can be shortened to four miles, alternatively both walks can be joined up to create an eight mile walk around the perimeter of the two villages. There are also a number of other shorter local circular walks. Maps for these local walks are available for guests staying at the Sibton White Horse.

Of other walks there are simply too many to mention, however Dunwich Heath and the walk from Southwold to Walberswick are just two favourites of guests staying at the White Horse.

Dunwich Heath is part of the National Trust and sits on the coast between Minsmere and Adleburgh, two miles from Dunwich village. Quiet and serene, wild and dramatic, whatever the time of year, Dunwich Heath offers a number of different walks with spectacular views. The significant area of coastal heath land holds the largest East Anglian population of Darford warblers, as well as breeding nightjars, woodlarks and stonechats. From July to September the heath is alive with colour, pink and purple heather, coconut scented yellow gorse, an experience not to be missed. Admission is free but car parking charges may apply. There is a cosy tea room for light refreshment and a small information centre.

Southwold and Walberswick sit facing each other on opposite sides of the river Blyth, the river being home to Southwold harbour. The stroll from Southwold beach to Walberswick village is not far but by the time you keep stopping to admire the scenery you had better allow for half a day. Through the working harbour until you come to a footbridge, over to the other side, back down the tow path and into Walberswick village. Walberswick is rather quaint village, where you can picnic in the sand dunes or lunch in either the pub or the tea room. To save time on the way back, you can hop on the ferry; a gentleman will row you over to the other side.