8 local wonder walks for Boxing Day
Full of beans or flagging from the festivities? Either way, getting out for a walk on Boxing Day is a must. Here's Muddy's top eight.
A gentle two mile stroll along the clifftop or beach (check the tides) from Cromer to Overstrand (or the other way around) is the perfect family walk for Boxing Day as it’s not too far for small ones – although there’s a bit of climbing involved so maybe leave the buggies at home. If you’re all feeling adventurous go on to Sheringham and have some chips on the seafront before heading back.
I’m lucky enough to have this one on my doorstep, as Blickling is spectacular at this time of year. Wrap up and take the one hour gentle stroll around the lake or get into the heart of the woods and parkland for a 4.5 mile longer exploration, on bike or on foot. There’s a cute dog-friendly cafe so you can grab a hot choc if they’re serving.
With almost 19,000 hectares to explore, Thetford Forest is the largest man made lowland forest in the UK and has woodland walks, picnic spots, treetop adventures, horseriding, as well as cabin holiday lodges for overnight stays in less restricted times. Go easy with the green walk at Great Hockham or the tougher trail at Lynford Stag. Blissful.
Holkham is absolutely stunning all year round but you’ll be thankful for blowing away the cobwebs here after the amount of time we’ve been forced to be indoors over the last two years. Breathe in the views and the awesome expanse of sand and space. Plus, if you overdid the Baileys on Christmas Day, I can almost guarantee you’ll feel better after a good stomp on this huge beach.
26 miles of circular pathway via two disused railway lines made in the 1800s and stretching between Norwich and Aylsham, Marriotts Way is open to walkers, cyclists, horseriders and runners. Don’t worry about collapsing half way round – you don’t have to do the whole 26 miles in one go.
Mousehold Heath, Norwich
Some of the best views of the city are from Mousehold Heath. Take the trail from the cathedral up to the heath and back down by the river Wensum, returning to the cathedral in about five or so miles. A glorious and very civilised way to see the architecture of the city and surrounding woodland and waterways.
The Walks, Kings Lynn
This last remaining town walk from 18th century immediately makes me want to don a billowing skirt, twirl a sun brolly and channel a period romance. This is a really delightful showcase of Kings Lynn’s remarkable heritage and thanks to a whopping £4 million injection from the Heritage Lottery, the park has been restored to it’s former 17 hectare glory.
A huge expanse of broad, waterway and woodland just south of Norwich, Whitlingham offers everything from walking to biking – the beryl sharing scheme is there now so you can just hop on and explore away. Grab a cuppa from the Flint Barn Cafe – open till 2.30pm Boxing Day.
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