Scenic Walks in North Norfolk

Scenic Walks in North Norfolk

Norfolk is England’s 5th largest county and is full of local and visiting wildlife. One of the best ways to explore the area is to embark on one, or a few of, the many scenic walks that are dotted throughout the towns, countryside, and beaches. Here are a few of our favourites that take you through a range of villages and areas of interest for local habitat, helping you to capture the true essence of North Norfolk.

The Norfolk Coast Path

Stretching across 84 miles in total, the Norfolk Coast Path runs through many of the local towns and villages, as well as the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With so many different areas to explore, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break and refuel along the way.

Running from Hunstanton to Sea Palling, the coast path includes stops in Wells-next-the-sea, Cromer, Happisburgh, and Overstrand. One of the benefits of this walk is you can explore the whole of the Norfolk coastline by following smaller more manageable sections of the route. The path encounters cliffs, sand dunes, beaches and has stunning sea views throughout.

No matter which section of the path you choose to explore, there are many beautiful fishing villages and seaside towns, all of which have a rich history and culture, with delicious food for you to discover. This route can also connect you to other local walks including Peddars Way, as it intersects at the town of Holme-next-the-sea.

Blakeney Point Coastal Walk

This beautiful 7-mile-long walk along the shingle spit of Blakeney and the beach at Cley-next-the-sea allows you to relax and unwind. Blakeney is one of the region’s nature reserves and as a result, you can expect to find an abundance of plants and wildlife throughout the route. The whole area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected by its status. Walkers are encouraged to obey all signage that is displayed throughout various times of year to protect nesting birds. If you are visiting with your furry friend it’s also important to make sure that you check the time of the year for areas where they are allowed to walk, at Blakeney Point, there is a seasonal ban on dogs between the 1st of April and 15th August.

The famous grey seal colony is located at Blakeney Point; however, it is not possible to see them on foot. After walking along the spit, you can catch a boat from Morston Quay which will take you within a safe distance to visit the colony.

Norfolk Coast Path
Holkham Beach

Peddars Way

Peddars Way is a stunning 46-mile walk that combines with the Norfolk Coast Path to form the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, one of fifteen national trails in England and Wales.

Running from Holme-next-the-Sea, along the coast, and into Suffolk, Peddars Way travels through changing countryside, beaches, marshland, and small villages. Again you do not have to explore the whole path, taking small sections still gives you unique insight and experience of Norfolk.

Kelling Heath Walk

For those staying in our holiday cottages, the walk from Kelling Heath to Weybourne is beautiful and with it being a circular walk just under 6-miles it is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Weybourne is a popular shingle beach for fishing and still launches traditional fishing vessels from its coastline, you may be lucky and catch a glimpse of one as you walk across the beach. This particular walk starts at the beach with stunning views, before heading inland towards Kelling Heath. Throughout this section of the walk, there will be ample opportunities to discover the beautiful wildlife of Norfolk, as the heath is home to many nesting and visiting birds including Nightjar, Tree Pipit, and Whitethroats. There are several different routes you can take through this area, or even just walk around the heath itself.

The Kelling Heath is open to the public all year round, making it a perfect place to explore throughout the seasons. Part of the route has access to the Poppy Line Train, which operates between Sheringham and Holt and stops at Kelling Heath, which is handy if you would like a lift back into town. A few of the public walks and viewing platforms through the heath itself have been made accessible, so everyone can enjoy this stunning area of Norfolk.

Scenic Walks in North Norfolk
Cley-next-the-sea Beach

Holt Country Park

Within a short seven-minute drive from the Estate, you will find the Holt Country Park. Holt Country Park has many circular walks ranging from 1-to 18 miles, all of which are marked by the central car park signage. It’s open to the public all year round and has a beautiful array of Green Flag woodland, picnic areas, a children’s play area, and a sensory garden to explore. Some of the marked paths are accessibility friendly, so everyone can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and explore the outdoors together.

Closer to the Estate

If you are staying in one of our holiday cottages at the Lowes, there is a public walk from the properties to Cley-next-the-sea salt marshes. In your welcome pack, you will receive a map that displays this path, which is accessed by walking up Bridge Road and making your way to the public footpath just after the junction with Bridgefoot lane. There is also a designated tenant walk for our guests which trails through part of the grounds. The walk is solely for our guests and gives a unique and peaceful experience of Kelling, and consists of views of the barley fields, lakes, and local farmland.

Whichever route you decide to take throughout your visit you can be assured of beautiful scenery. If you are visiting with your dog, a number of these routes are pet-friendly, but it is always worth double-checking before you visit. A diverse range of flora and fauna surrounds each path and gives wildlife enthusiasts and children a chance to see the unique species which visit Norfolk.

Published On: May 19, 2022

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