SCORES of walkers ,including a former Olympian, put their best foot forward to launch an ever-expanding festival.
Those with a passion for the great outdoors descended on Ickworth House, in Horringer, on Saturday, to kick off the three-week Suffolk Walking Festival.
The fifth annual event, which in the past has covered Mid Suffolk and Babergh, has extended its reach further east and to the west of the county with nearly 40 walks. Organisers expect more than 1,000 people to take part in the varied programme, which includes a troll hunt through Mildenhall Woods, the sites and sights of the five gates of Bury St Edmunds and a medieval meander through Lavenham.
Organiser Helen Cutting, tourism officer for Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “It encourages people to get out into the Suffolk countryside and explore the accessible routes of which there are thousands.”
Former Olympian Bill Tancred, a discus and shot put champion, spoke at the launch with Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee, who has completed his personal pledge to walk more than one million steps as part of the Most Active County initiative.