Spring walks in the East - 2000 steps

Whether you want to take a break from the stresses of life with a peaceful meander, or are looking to stretch your legs on a short stroll where you can enjoy the first signs of spring. Here are some of our favourite short walks that will take around 2,000 steps (approximately 1 mile).

Visitors take part in a guided walk

Ashridge Estate, Herfordshire 

Most of this waymarked walk is under the cover of the tree canopy, making it ideal for any spring showers. You'll wander through Pitstone Common, past the historic woodbank, where you might see some fallow deer hiding in the trees.

A couple walking through the bluebells

Blickling Estate, Norfolk  

Enjoy a walk around Blickling’s historic park. The path slopes gently through woods and open land leading you to the Mausoleum in Blickling's Great Wood. Look out for the first bluebells poking through the undergrowth. There are plenty of seats and no steep hills, making this a good walk for all weathers and abilities.

Walkers on Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Take in the magnificent views from the elevated chalk downs. Wander through the newly opened wildflower meadows and listen out for the beautiful song of skylarks.

Family walking at Dunwich Heath

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

You’ll see and hear plenty of bird life as you walk along the small waterway known as Docwras Ditch – named after the first warden at Dunwich Heath. Look out for the resident Dartford Warblers feeding their young chicks.

Dog walkers at Felbrigg

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 

Planted in memory of the last Squire’s brother, who was tragically killed in the Second World War, this is a lovely walk to enjoy during the spring months. New leaves will be emerging, creating a cathedral of trees full of life. Look out for daffodils budding in front of the hall.

Willy Lott's House as seen in the Hay Wain

Flatford, Suffolk 

Early in the season you will see thousands of daffodils make an appearance in the garden of Valley Farm. Stop and watch the birds on the lake from our new bird hide and don’t miss the famous view across the Mill Pond, as depicted in Constable’s painting The Hay Wain. The view changes every day but the beauty that inspired Constable is constant.

Houghton Mill with the river and a swan in the foreground

Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire 

Watch the river wildlife wake up after winter on this easy circular walk past the mill pond and the remains of the old Huntingdon branch line viaduct. Take in the unspoilt and tranquil water meadows with wonderful views across to the Hemingfords.

Volunteer talking to two visitors in Lavenham on a walk

Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk 

Once one of the richest villages in England, Lavenham tells extraordinary tales of great wealth, but also dreadful poverty, set against the great rise and fall of the cloth trade. While at the Guildhall, don’t miss the first spring wildflowers in the Lavenham Swift Garden where swifts, swallows and martins all make their home.

Daffodils in front of Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

Meander through dappled sunlight in the Wilderness, as snowdrops and aconites make way for a sea of yellow daffodils.

Peckover House and Garden

Peckover House & Garden, Cambridgeshire 

Take a short stroll around the walled garden and inhale the sweet perfume of the late flowering Sarcococcas. Whilst you’re there, don’t miss the amazing display of spring bulbs in the Orangery, which emit a powerful scent as soon as you enter.

The temple at Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

This short but undulating route takes in steps and a steep valley path. Viewpoints over the parkland, house and sea give you reason to pause and the flowering camellias and bluebells will add a dash of colour. Look out of the first flight of swallows returning to nest.

The stunning views near Deben View, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Enjoy a panoramic view of the River Deben, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from our newly opened River View Walk. See how the river winds through the landscape on the route where the Anglo-Saxons took their king on one last voyage to the Royal Burial Ground. Listen out for the cries of wading birds, surrounded by the tranquility of this beautiful view.

Wicken Fen - Walkers on the boardwalk trail

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Follow the Boardwalk Trail to see early flying damselflies darting through the long grass, and the lush landscape that’s filling out with early fen wildflowers, grasses and reeds. Step up to the new viewing platform for far reaching views over Sedge Fen.

Daffodils at Wimpole in Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 

Walk through the gardens and around the Pleasure Grounds, where the pathways are surrounded by beautiful golden daffodils and narcissus. What better way to step into spring?