Church Heritage Trails

There are many ways to discover Suffolk’s medieval churches but by bike or on foot you can savour the delights of the countryside at close quarters.

Towers and Spires Take the Towers & Spires cycle trail from St Edmundsbury Cathedral and discover 10 beautiful churches while enjoying the unspoilt countryside of Suffolk. There are places to stop and eat on the way or you can pack a picnic to enjoy in a tranquil churchyard. There’s a shorter route for families too.

Clare trail  The lovely market town of Clare is set in rolling countryside and this area of south Suffolk is known and loved for its half-timbered cottages and towering wool churches. These walks are not challenging and you’ll reap rich rewards on arriving at your destination.

Woolpit trail  The Woolpit area offers the seasoned walker some real countryside gems. You are in easy-going, open country and you will pass ancient farmhouses, cross wild flower ditches on plank bridges, and see ancient mills in the landscape

Framlingham trail  Trails out of Framlingham offer some spectacular views of Suffolk. Why not take the Badingham route that starts from the castle? On your return you can explore the castle and climb up to the curtain walls to see where you’ve been. An easy walk takes you from St Mary’s Dennington to Badingham and back again – only five miles in total and you can return in time for lunch at the local pub by the church.

Eye trail  The Eye area is the place to lose yourself in narrow lanes among pretty thatched cottages. The soaring tower of Eye church can be seen for miles, giving you a wonderful focal point for your rambles. These trails take you to some of the most stunning churches in the country.

Southwold trail  In and around Southwold, your walks will include the mighty church towers that once served as landmarks for ships at sea. Gorgeous coastal heath, unspoilt beaches and great places to eat and drink await you in this special corner of Suffolk.

To find out more about the wonderful churches you can explore in Suffolk visit


Bardwell Church
Diss Church
Santon Downham All Saints Church
Santon Downham Church of St Marys
St Marys Church Syleham
St Edmundsbury Cathedral