Walks with pubs!
Grab your friends or family and try our pick of the prettiest walks Norfolk and beyond - all with dog-friendly pubs nearby.
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Feel like stretching your legs over the next two weeks? Us too! Making the most of your precious free time and getting out and about with family and besties is what we love to do on Muddy, so we’ve come up with four brilliant walks (with pubs en route or nearby obvs) so you can really enjoy your down-time.
We’re proud to say that our Autumn Walks are part of Joules’ Charity Month – 31 days of fantastic fundraising for their five charity partners. If you want to make a small justgiving donation to take part (a quid is great, and doable even for little people) click here. And please do instagram your beautiful walk or gorgeous pub (yes, you can be in it!) and hashtag with #joulesautumnwalks #mymuddywalks, because we’ll use the best images in our round-up feature.
Details of our favourite walks across all 22 Muddy counties are here so even if you’re going away you can stride out. Plus you can enter our Reader Treat and three lucky subscribers and their families can step out in £500 of Joules coats and wellies.
What else do you want, crisp dry days and blue skies? Don’t worry, I’m working on it.
WALK 1 – NT BLAKENEY POINT
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – a mostly flat walk (it is Norfolk) that starts at Cley Beach and takes you along the 4 mile shingle spit to the Lifeboat House (toilet facilities). 7 mile circular route taking 3 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Active families who don’t mind a bit of shingle trekking and the coastal elements!
Why we love it: There are lots of lovely walks within the Blakeney Nature Reserve, but this route is a favourite because of the varied landscape – shingle, dunes, salt marshes and beach. The Watch House is the half way marker – an interesting building built in the 19th century as a look-out for smugglers and now available as a holiday let. Stunning views for miles and at low tide the chance of seeing the seals on the tidal banks.
The village of Wiveton is a 5 minute drive from Cley and perched on the picturesque village green next to the church is the cosy Wiveton Bell. The perfect spot for a post walk fuel up – great menu (Michelin Guide BIB), roaring fire and six goregous rooms just in case you fancy making a weekend of it!
Wiveton Bell, Blakeney Road, Wiveton, Blakeney, Norfolk, NR25 7TL Tel: 01263 740101
WALK 2 – REPTONS WALK AT SHERINGHAM PARK
Distance and difficulty: Easy – waymarked path through the parkland with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and Sheringham Hall. 2 mile circular route, 1.5 hours . View walk here.
Good for: Nature enthusiasts, little legs, buggies and bikes!
Why we love it: There are actually four walks to choose from, ranging between one and five miles. Depending on your mood and energy – you can explore the landscaped gardens (rhododendrons are a sight to behold in the spring), play in the woods or breathe in the cliff top views. Plus some beautiful places to relax along the way such as the Bower nature area, Ling House and Repton’s Temple. You might get to spot the steam train that runs between Sheringham and Holt and have a little Railway Children knicker flag moment!
A short drive (less than five minutes) to the neigbouring village of Weybourne and the rather lovely The Ship Inn where you can ‘mardle’ with the locals over a pint of Norfolk ale or one of their 150 gins! All the Muddy prerequisites – enclosed garden, log burner, dog/kid friendly and sea food landed on the local beach.
The Ship Inn, The street, Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7SZ Tel: 01263 588721
WALK 3 – HOLKHAM TO WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA CIRCULAR ROUTE
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – flat walk through woodland and along sandy beaches. 7 mile walk taking 3 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Weekend walkers, families with older kids and dogs
Why we love it: Food glorious food! Snack up at the new eco friendly Look Out Cafe at Queen Anne’s Gate before wandering through the incredibly peaceful pine forests to Wells-next-the-Sea. Snack time again – grab a home made sausage roll at the Wells Beach Cafe, pop into the beach hut Joules for a spot of coastal shopping then meander back along the beach, past the brightly coloured beach huts to Holkham and lunch at The Victoria!
Sitting on the edge of the Holkham Hall Estate, The Victoria dates back to 1837 and has a distinctly Downton Abbey feel to it. Bursting with the history and grandeur of its surroundings, expect great locally sourced dishes in a refined yet wonderfully relaxed environment.
The Victoria, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB Tel: 01328 711008
WALK 4 – BLICKLING HALL LAKE WALK
Distance and difficulty: Easy – a tranquil walk around Blickling Park and lake. 1.8 mile route taking 1 hours. View walk here.
Good for: The ‘not so energetic’ and young families.
Why we love it: Blickling Hall is a stunning National Trust property with so much going on from exhibitions to Ibiza nights. The multi-use trail is perfect for wheelchairs and buggies plus you can extend your walk around the parkland and visit the Tower, Great Wood, Orangery and Mausoleum.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, warm up at the gorgeous ‘Bucks‘ just on the outskirts of the estate. This 17th century coaching inn oozes character and history. You can’t help but wonder who has graced this establishment? From rogues to royalty, I bet many a dastardly plan has been hatched in one of the nooks!
The Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk. NR11 6NF Tel: 01263 732133
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