6 Headline Walks in Norfolk
Looking for a walk worthy of front page news? Check out these 6 headline-grabbing walks from the secret city and wild salt marsh to a right royal overnighter.
SALT MARSH WILDERNESS: Blakeney Point. Moderate, 11.2km
It may look flat but trekking across the shingle is a good old walk-out for the calf muscles. Start at Cley Beach and head along the 6.4km shingle spit to the Lifeboat House and back. It’s a landscape like no other, wild and completely wonderful. Summer butterflies floating above violet mists of sea lavender, the cry of terns, aching skylark song, keening of grey seals and all year round the most glorious light in the known world. Simply stunning. Route here.
PARKLIFE: SHERINGHAM PARK. Easy, 3.2km
Waymarked path through the rolling parkland with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and Sheringham Hall. Big show-off rhododendrons are outrageously flouncy in late spring and there are lovely stopping points like the Bower nature area, Ling House and Repton’s Temple. Little legs, buggies and bikes will have a ball. And you might see the steam train. Fashioning Railway Children flags with your knickers optional. Route here.
THE CUTE HUTS: HOLKHAM TO WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA CIRCULAR. Moderate, 11.2km
We could go on about how ridiculously beautiful it is. (It really is.) But we’re famished and what’s a walk without a snack stop? Fuel up at the cool Queen Anne’s Gate Lookout eco café. Then wander through fragrant pinewoods and stop for a banging sausage roll at the Wells Beach Café. Tootle along breathtaking sweeps of sand, past the snazzy beach huts (go on, stick ’em on your Insta) and back to Holkham for lunch (ooh that’s keen!) or dinner (more likely) at The Victoria. Cheers! Route here.
THE STATELY PACE: BLICKLING HALL LAKE. Easy Peasy, 2.8km
Got an hour to spare? Take a tranquil walk around beautiful Blickling Park and lake. A lovely gentle one with a multi-use trail for wheelchairs and buggies. Or stretch your legs a bit more and visit the Tower, Great Wood, Orangery and Mausoleum. Watch out for the ghost of poor old Anne Boleyn tearing up the drive in her coach. Honestly, she’d forget her head if it wasn’t screwed on… Route here.
THE CITY OF STORIES: Norwich Nooks and Crannies. Easy, 3 routes of 3.5km, 3.2km and 2.4km
We love these walks revealing a world of hidden passageways through many of the city’s historic alleys, courts and lanes. Each route starts and finishes in the market place, taking a meandering journey around the city centre in a series of loops without ever crossing the same point twice, encompassed by Magdalen Street to the north, Tombland to the east, King Street to the south and Grapes Hill in the west. Download the illustrated booklet for easy-to-follow directions and fascinating stories giving glimpses of Norwich’s rich history. Routes here.
THE ROYAL OVERNIGHTER: Boudicca Way. Easy but long. 57.9km
Named after badass warrior Queen of the Iceni whose tribes used to live round here, the Boudicca Way runs for almost 40 miles between Norwich and Diss. Fancy doing some gentle undulating? The trail takes you through the countryside of south Norfolk and the Waveney Valley using Public Rights of Way and quiet country roads, passing pretty villages like Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market. Break the walk overnight at a sweet cottage – try The Norfolk Cottage Company or go for pretty Apple Tree Cottage (LOVE the yellow Everhot!) through Norfolk Cottages.
The pull of history’s all round this area, including in Venta Icenorum, at Caistor St Edmund. Perfect for gals who love Roman about the countryside. Kaboom Tish! Route here.