Walks around Nowton Park


Pond in Nowton Park

Nowton Park is owned by St Edmundsbury Council and covers almost 200 acres which was landscaped over 100 years ago. The park was once part of the Oakes family estate and is now a wonderful place for leisure and recreation.

It is a place we have visited many times. When the children were small they loved to run around amongst the trees and to use up their energy in the play area. As they got older our son would take part in football training on the all weather pitches. Now it is a place that I enjoy walking around with both my husband and my friends.

I have already taken a couple of rather muddy walks around the perimeter of the park, a distance of about 2 miles, but I have also walked into the park from outside, so my mileage has been increased.

The beauty of the park lies in its variety. Last week, volunteers were busy planting young trees

Planting Saplings

Planting Saplings in Nowton Park

and the sun shone beautifully on the snowdrops and some of the 100,000 daffodils which are beginning to turn the The Lime Avenue bright yellow.


Snowdrops in Nowton Park


Daffodils in The Lime Avenue at Nowton Park

It is a place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. I have pushed my elderly aunt around in her wheelchair before we visited the cafe for a light lunch. On Saturday mornings there is a regular park run and I have run around the park whilst competing in the Race for Life. Although there is a small parking charge it is a great place to visit in all seasons and one that I shall continue to enjoy, with its wildlife ponds, arboretum and a maze in the summer.

Often some of the best walks are on our doorstep.

Walk: 3.42 miles

Walk total this year: 28.29 miles

Overall total daily mileage: 205.8 miles

Happy New Year Challenge!

New Year – a time for making resolutions:

  • Lose weight
  • Get fit
  • Eat better
  • Get out more
  • Make new friends
  • Save money

By the middle of next week some of those will already be broken and we will be hard pushed to keep the others going for more than a few months.

I know – I’ve tried!

By midday on 1st January I had not made a resolution for this year.

Then I saw an intriguing tweet from Country Walking magazine containing the #walk1000miles.

The initial page I found related to last year’s challenge.  Then I found an update for this year.

This was just what I needed – a single challenge to focus on, which would probably encompass the earlier six resolutions!  I could do this – and put on my walking shoes for a 3-mile walk from home around my local area.

I had just set up my new Fitbit and so was able to track my walk (3.11 miles – more than the daily required mileage).  Although it was overcast I got some fresh air, time to think and a walk along part of a local path I had never previously been down!

I had seen a 1000 miles challenge page for running, but my left knee doesn’t enjoy that sort of battering any more.

I knew that walking is often seen as driving off into the hills and striding with purpose to the top.  But I live in Suffolk – one of our flatter counties (though I did walk up and down a bit of a hill!).  Walking should be enjoyable, shared with friends, stopping to take in the wider views (often familiar ones)

Suffolk fields in winter

Winter fields in Suffolk.

or look closer at nature in its detail.

Trees by river

Signs of Spring?


So I want this to be a challenge I take with my friends – those I walk with along local paths and tracks and those I share with my online friends through their words, experiences and photographs.

Last summer I took part in a round-Britain charity relay.  I walked my six miles in Suffolk, but felt I was part of something so much bigger.  I want to keep the spirit of fun, camaraderie and great support of those four months last summer to help me and hopefully many others complete the challenge of walking 1000 miles in 2015.

Do you want to join me in this challenge?

Please leave me a comment below (I will need to approve all new comments to stop spam getting through unfortunately) and sign up in the box on the side of the page, so that I can send you updates.

This is a brand new blog and I am still in the process of setting everything up, so if things don’t quite work the first time, please let me know and I’ll try to sort them out. This is definitely a work in progress!

I would love to hear from you, whether you are going to take up the full challenge or you just want to enjoy Walking with Friends.