Cathy's Blog: Celebrating - Arthur Ransome and Suffolk Walking Festival!

Not one but two events begin their great activities TODAY!

The Suffolk Walking Festival is launched at Sutton Hoo, and has over 100 walks to choose from between now and Sunday 4 June – and if you don’t have a companion to explore with, just join in a walk with us. The two AONBs are leading Outstanding Landscapes walks on the 17 and 22 May, or if you are up for a challenge join the four-day exploration of the Stour Valley Path 25-28 May. All details on

Today also sees the start of the celebrations of literary hero, Arthur Ransome! It’s 80 years since the publication of his famous children’s book We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea (1937), and 50 years since Ransome died in 1967.

Located around Pin Mill on the river Orwell where he had his home, the Pin Mill Jamboree celebrations include a photographic exhibition, film showings on a vintage cinema bus, sailing taster sessions for children and more – details on Please note, ‘park-and-walk’ is being requested for attendees, to help congestion at the lovely but tiny Pin Mill!

An Arthur Ransome Walking Trail, with new leaflet, and geocache route has been established, following the existing footpath along the bank of the Orwell, from Pin Mill to Shotley, with accompanying information boards to learn about the writer, the area and sailing terminology

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Nancy Blackett Trust – the Nancy Blackett was Ransome’s favourite yacht – on Sunday 4th June is a Parade of Sail, consisting of a flotilla of boats to accompany the Nancy Blackett down to Harwich and then en-route for Holland, recreating the journey made by the children in the book. Events will continue throughout the year.

The AONB was pleased to be able to support several of the Arthur Ransome celebration activities with grants. There is still money available in two of the AONB funds, so please get in touch if you have an idea of a project to conserve, enhance and help people experience the AONB. The Sustainable Development Fund deadline is 31 May and the Galloper Wind Farm Fund deadline is 21 June, details on

First published in the East Anglian Daily Times May 2017

By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

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