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Outdoor and Sports

There are a wide range of things to do and see to please all tastes. Find the type of thing to do and see you are looking for from the Category menu above.

Discover Suffolk

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk inspires everyone, from George Orwell who adopted the name of one of our rivers, to bird watchers and nature lovers who come to see the unique landscapes. Exploring Suffolk's coastal villages, the Brecks, ancient woodlands and the glorious countryside will enthrall and delight you.  The dry climate and low-lying landscape makes Suffolk a great place for walkers of all abilities and ages. Whether you're an adventurous walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, there is a walk to suit you.  Each of the walking leaflets have a map and a detailed description of the route. Many include advice on travel, where to park, points of interest and places to eat. The walks range from a one mile short stroll to the more challenging 18 mile routes.

Look for the nearby walks of: Easham, Eye Airflield and Treasured Suffolk - Hoxne.

Harleston Walks

Harleston Walks

There are a series of guided walking tours around the town throughout the summer, normally on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. There will usually be one general walk 'Harleston Highlights' covering the history of the town through it's buildings and local stories, and one special walk with emphasis on a particular subject. There is also a self guided walking tour around the town which which can be downloaded or listened to through a smart phone or tablet. Click here for more details of all of the walking tours available.

Short Walks to Nearby Villages

Short Walks to Nearby Villages

The full booklet from the Norfolk County Council contains many walks, there are three based in Harleston. Take a short walk to the surrounding villages and build up a thirst and an appetite.

Starston: 2.8 miles: Quiet rural walk out of the town; at one point no houses or roads are visible, just fields, hedges and lots of sky!

Lushbush: 3.2 miles: This farmland walk is particularly enjoyable during the drier summer months.

Redenhall: 4.0 miles: Another pleasant hilly walk with fine views over the Waveney Valley.

Angles Way

Angles Way

The Angles Way is a long distance walking trail running close to the River Waveney and River Little Ouse following to the county boundary between Norfolk and Suffolk between Great Yarmouth and Thetford. There are a selection of circular, short and long walks available on Angles Way which start in Harleston. There is something for everyone, whether you want to exercise the dog or simply fancy a stroll through beautiful countryside before relaxing in a welcoming pub with a drink and a bite to eat.

Harleston circular walk: 6.5 miles, 2.5 hours.  This walk starts in Harleston, taking in some stunning countryside, visiting the village of Redenhall with its impressive church and follows the Angles Way back into Harleston.

Harleston to Homersfield: 4 miles, 2 hours.  This route travels through the claylands of Norfolk and Suffolk along the valley of the River Waveney. The landscape is predominantly farmland with large arable fields on the upper levels and grazing marsh in the river valleys. 

Harleston to Brockdish: 4 miles, 2 hours. This stretch of Angles Way crosses the River Waveney twice. Now a considerably smaller river than it was at the eastern section, the lush grazing meadows beside the river and diverse aquatic flora and fauna in the river has given some sections of the river County Wildlife Site status.

Harleston to Earsham: 10 miles, 3.5 hours.  Ramble through an undulating landscape of peaceful country roads, footpaths and farm tracks. Enjoy panoramic views in Homersfield from the high ground above a large area of open water, known as Flixton Pits.

Harleston to Diss: 13.5 miles, 4.5 hours.  Enjoy a walk between the historic towns of Harleston and Diss, sometimes closely following the meandering River Waveney, sometimes leaving it to enjoy the fabulous views from higher ground over the Waveney Valley.

For more information and maps visit the Norfolk County Council website.

Cycling in Suffolk

Cycling in Suffolk

Riding at your own pace there is no better way to experience the real beauty and diversity of Suffolk than cycling. Cycling is not only healthy for you and good for the environment, it is an excellent form of aerobic exercise.

Fishing

Fishing

The Harleston, Wortwell and District Angling Club owns and manages 6 well stocked fishing lakes in the Waveney Valley on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, together with some stretches of the River Waveney itself. The lakes - also known as Weybread Pits - offer some of the best fishing around for both beginners and highly experienced anglers who are looking for a challenge.

Community Leisure Centre

Community Leisure Centre

Tennis – two outdoor hard surface courts can be hired by both members and casual users on a pay as you play basis. Free racket hire, and balls are available to purchase from the leisure centre. Courts opening times: 7:00 to dusk Monday to Sunday

Tennis club members: £4 per court per hour, non-members: £6 per court per hour

Squash- Two squash courts are open to both club users and non-members. Free racket hire, and balls are available to purchase from the leisure centre.

Squash club members: £2 per person per 45 minutes, non-members: £3 per person per 45 minutes. Court opening times: the same as the leisure centre (below)

To book please call 01379 852088 or drop in at the leisure centre, opening times are 6:30-21:30 Mon-Thurs, 6:30-20:30 Fri, Sat 8:00-16.00 and Sundays 8.00-13.00. For tennis, you will be given a code for the tennis court padlock at reception upon paying.


Tel: 01379 852088
E-mail: harlestontc@harlestontowncouncil.co.uk
Website: https://gym.harlestontowncouncil.co.uk/sports-clubs/
Address: Wilderness Lane, Harleston IP20 9DD

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01379 855235
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