Spring walks in the East - 5,000 steps

Wanting to stretch your legs further than a gentle stroll, but not looking for a lengthy ramble? Enjoy walking through woodland, open countryside and along the coast, with our list of moderate walks in the East of England. These will help you clock up around 5,000 steps (approximately 3 miles).

Anglesey Abbey new foliage emerging in the spring

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire 

This extended walk takes you around the more open spaces of the gardens, featuring some of Lord Fairhaven’s carefully designed avenues. Spring is the perfect time to spot daffodils bursting with colour along the way.

Carpet of bluebells in Dockey Wood at Ashridge, Herts

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire 

Ramble through ancient woodland carpeted by wildflowers and historic open commons. Listen out for the intricate song of skylarks and the first sights of native plants as they spring to life in newly coppiced woodland. Early morning spring bird song is a sure sign that a new season is here.

Two walkers on the Norfolk Coast Path

Blakeney Freshes, Norfolk 

This walk, which is largely around the sea wall, allows you to take in elevated views of the marshes known as Blakeney Freshes on one side, and Blakeney Harbour on the other. Keep your eyes peeled for summer breeding birds arriving early on their quest for a nesting site.

Multi use trail at Blickling surrounded by bluebells

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

Enjoy a fun walk or cycle around the perimeter of Blickling Park. This multi-use trail is ideal for all weather use, taking you through woods and open land. Visit the Tower, Blickling's Great Wood and Mausoleum on the way round. Bluebells will be seen in abundance during April and May.

A couple walking their dog at Danbury Common in Essex

Danbury Common and Blakes Wood, Essex  

Experience a riot of colour with bluebells and wood anemones as you walk from the village of Danbury to the restored heathland at Lingwood Common.

Couple sitting on a bench with a dog at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Dunwich Heath offers you peace and quiet, and a true sense of being at one with nature. This walk will take you along the cliff top and around the heath; giving you the opportunity to explore different habitats.

Flatford Bridge

Flatford, Suffolk 

Climb to high ground to overlook Flatford and a patchwork of green stretching across the Dedham Vale, now lovingly referred to as Constable Country. As you pass through Orvis Wood delight in the beautiful smell of the bluebells.

man dressed in green national trust branded clothing is speaking to a lady in a blue jumper whilst standing in front of the red brick tower of Horsey Windpump. The bottom of the white sails are visible in the top of the photo.

Horsey Windpump, Norfolk 

Walk to the top of the dunes and look over a white sandy beach, where seals are often hauled out resting. From here you can enjoy the view of the coast, wide expanse of the Norfolk Broads and Horsey Windpump nestled into the landscape.

View of the Rotunda through the trees in the gardens

Ickworth – The Albana Walk 

Historically, the Albana Walk was created to be fairly hard underfoot and suitable for ladies with long dresses. Look out for the 500 year old oak tree – one of the oldest on the estate, and also the beautiful views through the Yew Avenue.

Two people admiring the rhododendrons in bloom at Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Take in the rhododendron display and colourful bluebells carpeting the wild garden. The coastal views will draw your gaze before the yellow carpet of buttercups and cowslips in the parkland grab your attention. A detour to the top of the gazebo provides a great view of the Norfolk coast and of landscape designer, Humphry Repton’s, most favourite work.

River Deben and view of Woodbridge, Suffolk

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Head off the beaten track and explore the Sutton Hoo estate and a lesser known National Trust site, Ferry Cliff. Pass the iconic burial ground and venture down to the river to see views across to Woodbridge’s famous Tide Mill.

Child in red jack climbing tree on wimpole estate

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Take a leisurely stroll through Wimpole’s woodland belts, where you'll discover a few rustic thrones overlooking some glorious views, as well as trees coming into leaf. On a clear day you can see all the way to Cambridge and Ely Cathedral.