12 Spring Walks in Norfolk
What better way to celebrate unlimted exercise than striking out on one of these lovely lockdown-friendly walks across Norfolk.
And breathe ……. we can finally walk for longer than an hour, so here’s our round up of some fabulous spring walks in Norfolk.
Ringstead Circular Walk – 7 miles
This walk takes you around the pretty Norfolk village of Ringstead and the surrounding countryside. It starts and ends at the Gin Trap pub – sorry to tease. Along the way you pass the Sedgeford borehole (where local drinking water is drawn from the rock below) and Courtyard Farm – home of conservationist, Lord Melchett. Fabulous views over the coastline. Route here.
West Harling circular walk – 5 miles
Impress your family and friends with your archaeological know how on this five mile walk in the Brecks. Along the way you’ll pass through the campsite at Thorpe Woodlands which was the site of a mediaeval settlement. At West Harling Heath you can see a Bronze Age burial ground (or Tumuli if you want to impress the kids!) Route here.
East Wretham Circular Walk, Thetford Forest – 7 miles
This circular walk follows part of the Peddars Way and the Great Eastern Pingo Trail. It will take you past a Saxon Cemetery, various meres (ponds) and the site of a Stone Age settlement. The Peddars Way runs a total of 46 miles through the heart of Norfolk if you want to keep walking! Route here.
Walcott circular walk – 4.5 miles
Plenty of home schooling opportunities with this coastal walk. Leaving Happisburgh along the cliff path, you’ll walk above the site where the first human footprints (over 800,000 years old) were found outside of Africa. Further along the cliff are the remains of a World War II radar station and the iconic Happisburgh lighthouse. The only independently run working lighthouse in the whole of Great Britain. Route here.
Hunstanton to Thornham – 6 miles
If the tide is out you can walk along the beach from Hunstanton to Old Hunstanton and around the multicoloured cliffs. Or a slightly easier option on the calves is to take the cliff top path. Walk up behind the beach huts through Holme Dunes national reserve and into Thornham. Lucky for us, the Thornham Deli is open for social distancing shopping and you can pick up all sorts of yummy treats. Route here.
Winteron to Horsey – 6-11 miles
A circular walk starting at the car park in Winterton (bring change) and along the top of the dunes with lots of seal spotting opportunites. If you feel like walking a little further – head in land to see Horsey Mill. Retrace your steps back to the dunes and either walk back the way you came or drop down behind the dunes onto the more sheltered coastal path. Route here.
West Runton circular walk – 3.5 miles
The West Runton Circular is a lovely route for families and easy for both little and slightly older legs. Following the base of Incleborough hill you take the sunken pathway between hedgerows and fields and on the edge of East Runton, you’ll pass beneath two railway viaducts.
Perect time of year to explore the rock-pools at West Runton. Keep an eye out for fossils as this was the place where the famous West Runton Mammoth was found! Route here.
Burnhams Circular Walk – 4.5 miles
A pretty walk along country lanes and through the atmospheric salt marshes. Sadly you won’t be able to enjoy the Burnham boutiques but you can pop in for a yummy treat and NoThirty3 Bakery. Route here.
Cley circular walk – 4 miles
Fuel up at The Picnic Fayre and then head out past the Windmill and join the Norfolk coast path which will take you around the marshes, along the beach and finish at the reserve’s visitor centre. Route here.
Blakeney Point – 7 miles
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 (store for later use). Stunning views for miles and at low tide the chance of seeing the seals on the tidal banks. Route here.
Harpley Circular Route – 8 miles
This walk starts and ends at the pretty village Great Massingham, home to Prince William’s favourite local watering hole The Dabbling Duck. The walk takes in Grimston Heath and passes pockets of woodland across rolling downland before heading back on Peddars Way. Route here.
Mousehold Heath, Norwich – 2 miles
Mousehold Heath in north Norwich is a great place to relieve any cabin fever if you live the city. It’s hard to believe this area of natural beauty sits next to the inner ring road because once inside you feel like you’re in the middle of the countryside. You can access the heath at various points (via Gilman Road, Gurney Road, Heartsease Lane and Mousehold Lane) and a circular loop will take approximately an hour. Download a heritage trail map here with 18 points of interest. Great for dogs and mountain bikes! Route here.
For more walk ideas visit our ‘Things to do’ section. Just blank out the pubs and cafes and save for when everyone’s back in the game.