Mood boost! 6 fantastic Norfolk spring walks
Are you feeling that spring sunshine? Here are six local walks that are guaranteed to put a "spring" in your step - whatever your walking requirements may be.
For family frolics: Sheringham Park
With its combination of enticing forest and sweeping sea views, Shezza Park is a winner at any time of the year – but the epic, kaleidoscopic rhododendrons that pop in late spring make it an absolute must at this time of year.
While you’re oggling the pretty blooms, your kids will be fabulously distracted by climbing the tree-top gazebo and watching steam trains chug across the horizon. There are oodles of scooter and buggy friendly paths, while the joys of Sheringham itself are just down the road.
For cute couples: Blickling Estate
Blickling is made for romantic strolls at this time of year, when the grounds of the Jacobean stately home are swathed in puffs of pastel magnolia and fresh blossom.
You can rent bikes to explore the huge estate, and don’t forget to stop off at the The Bucks Arms for a cosy pint. Just hope your marriage doesn’t end up like that of poor old Anne Boleyn, a former Blickling resident.
For nature nuts: Foxley Wood
Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland (around 6000 years old) is brimming with life at this time of year. At Foxley Wood you can expect peeping primroses earlier in the spring and vivid banks of bluebells later on.
Butterflies and birds flutter in abundance, while nature-buffs will love spotting unusual woodland wildlife – such as treecreepers (tiny birds) and purple hairstreaks (stunning blue butterflies). Heavenly.
For city slickers: Norwich riverside
A walk along Norwich riverside, past the medieval Pull’s Ferry and swerving into the gorgeous Cathedral quarter, is stunning in any season – but we especially love it when the riverbanks are bathed in bright flowers, and the blossom is shaking on the trees.
Pick up the path at Fye Bridge, with its fantastic views over the Wensum, then see where the spring wind takes you!
For furry friends: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Your dog will have the time of its life scampering over the wide expanse of sand at Wells beach, especially in the springtime before the place gets too insanely busy.
Pick up a coffee – and some special local treats for your four-legged friend – at Wells Beach Cafe before you set off. There’s a cute bowl and water filling station just outside, aka “Bertie’s Bark-up Bar.”
For history buffs: Castle Acre
Both fascinating and Insta-tastic, Castle Acre has it all – and it looks even better when it’s carpeted in spring flowers. Kick your walk of at the Norman Castle, then wend your way towards the picturesque ruined priory – make sure you leave yourself time to have a proper explore.
From there you can keep pottering on the Nar Valley Way, or stop off for a picnic.