Top summer walks in the East of England

As the weather warms up, enjoy a walk through the English countryside. Seek out shade from the tree canopy on a woodland stroll or wander along the coast for a cool sea breeze. Take in the view and encounter butterflies on the wing. Where will become your favourite spot for a summer walk in the East of England?

Coastal heathland in Dunwich

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

The heather covered Dunwich Heath is a popular spot for walkers in the summer months. A patchwork of purple in August, your walk will take in sea views from the cliffs above to the shingle beach below. Wander along pathways, as the landscape offers up a variety of habitats to explore.

Willy Lott's House at Flatford on the Essex / Suffolk border

Flatford, Suffolk/Essex border 

With the arrival of summer, the landscape made famous by artist John Constable gives you a new perspective on the sun-drenched water meadows that Constable so loved. Stroll along the river, which will become a popular spot for rowing boats and find a shady spot to stop and enjoy a picnic.

View of the pastures and oak trees beside the street coppice at sunset in Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest, Essex 

With the long summer days upon us, Hatfield Forest is an ideal place to stroll from early light to dusk. Wander around this medieval hunting forest where the ancient trees are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants, worn and fragile from centuries of time.

Horsey Windpump with cows in the foreground

Horsey Windpump, Norfolk 

The Norfolk Broads have been shaped by man, with the iconic Horsey Windpump standing proud in the landscape. Enjoy a circular walk around the Mere and keep your eyes peeled for the Swallowtail butterfly, the UK's largest butterfly that's unique to this area.

View of Houghton Mill in the distance

Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire 

There's something rather enjoyable about a walk along a river in the summer. At Houghton Mill there are a number of riverside and meadow walks to choose from, that take in St. Ives, Huntingdon and Godmanchester. The tearoom at Houghton Mill is also a convenient place to refuel.

a purple carpet of sea lavender under a grey sky

Norfolk Coast 

If you're thinking of heading to the coast this summer, how about a walk along the Norfolk Coast? The flowering sea lavender is a highlight in the summer months, when the saltmarshes around Stiffkey become carpeted in purple.

Sunset over the river orwell

Pin Mill, Suffolk 

Located on the Shotley peninsula, Pin Mill is tucked away on the water's edge. In late summer the heather will be blooming and lizards will be basking in the sunshine. Why not call into the Butt and Oyster pub, the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshment?

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

When was the last time you enjoyed a stroll around Sheringham Park, where the landscape was designed by Humphry Repton? With views out to sea, sweeping parkland, ancient oak woodland and famous rhododendrons - there's something to catch your eye at every turn.

Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

The whole family can enjoy a walk around Wicken Fen. Visit the three wildlife hides including the 10-metre high Tower Hide, with commanding views across the reserve, and in summer we'd recommend a short detour onto the Butterfly Trail.