Walking Holidays in Norfolk

North Norfolk is a wonderful location for walkers and ramblers, offering some of the most picturesque trails in the UK, well-suited for long and short distance journeys. These are three of our favourite areas to explore:

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The Norfolk Coast Path

In itself, the Coast Path has enough to keep even the most enthusiastic walkers busy. There are a number of brilliant circular routes along the way, varying in length from as low as three miles right the way up to ten miles plus. For a full list of walks, head to the Norfolk Council site here.

Peddars Way

A former Roman Road that follows an even older track, Peddars Way takes its name from the Latin 'pedester' - meaning 'on foot'. Very apt, we're sure you'll agree. Peddars Way is pretty flexible, offering routes of between five and eight miles: more than enough for most walkers. Again, visit the link here for more information.

Wensum Way

At just over 12 miles, the Wensum Way is a brilliant choice for walkers and ramblers who fancy more of a challenge. It's a stunning trail, passing through some beautiful landscapes and some wonderful Norfolk villages. There are a number of different options for walks in the region, ranging in length from as low as three miles, all the way up to the full 12-mile route.

If you're seeking a rambling holiday in the North Norfolk area, give Norfolk Hideaways a call: we'll find you the perfect base from which to explore.

Walks & Parks

Norfolk is a great place for those that love the outdoors, offering a number of different walks and parks perfect for getting some fresh air. Here, we're going to pick out some of our favourites, but don't forget to get in touch if you'd like to know more about the area.

For walkers and ramblers:

The Norfolk Coastal Path

It's hard not to start here. The Coastal Path has more than enough routes and diversions to keep even the most enthusiastic walkers busy, with routes varying from as little as three miles all the way up to ten miles and above. For more information on the coastal paths, visit the Norfolk Council website here.

Peddars Way

One of the older footpaths in the UK, Peddars Way is named after the Latin for on-foot - 'pedaster' - which is an apt name! Again, the way offers a number of different routes of varying lengths, with walks available from three miles up to eight plus: enough to keep even the most enthusiastic walkers busy.

Wensum Way

One of the longer trails in Norfolk, Wensum Way is ideal if you fancy giving yourself a bit of a walking challenge. It's a truly beautiful route, covering some stunning landscapes as well as some of Norfolk's most picturesque villages. You don't have to do the full twelve miles, of course: it's easy to work out a smaller walk of around three miles if you'd prefer.

Parks

Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park is a stunning area, offering miles of coastal views across acres of park land. It's no surprise that the Park became a personal favourite of Humphry Repton, the designer. In addition to the stunning views of the coast, there's the chance to climb the towers in order to obtain an even better view of the landscape. There are also a range of wildlife – including deer – at home in the park.

Blickling Estate

Blickling is one of the UK's most stunning country homes. Once belonging to the Boleyn family – it's said that the ghost of Anne still haunts the buildings! – it's now a National Trust property and the perfect place in which to spend a day with the family. The estates are beautiful, with the Bure Meadows in particular worth spending time in.

If you're heading to North Norfolk and want stylish accommodation in the most desirable locations, the Blickling Estate is the place to be.

Heritage Coast

The North Norfolk coast is without doubt one of the most picturesque, scenic locations in the whole of the UK. It's an absolute must for anyone with a passion for stunning scenery, with over 43 miles of coastline stretching out from the North Sea in towards the wash.

It's no surprise that the vast majority of the coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the largely undeveloped area including a number of smaller towns and villages in addition to the swathes of natural landscape.

One of the most impressive parts of the terrain is the way that it varies. The expanses of silt in the Wash moved through the coastal marshes and cliffs of the north of the county, with dunes found at the west in the Winterton area. It's hard to think of an area elsewhere in the UK that offers the same level of variation.

The North Coast Strip is, in particular, stunning. The long coastal path stretches from Old Hunstanton in the west through to Bacton in the east, taking in the coastal marshes of the Heritage region through to Weybourne.

Even this path alone offers outstanding variation, with terrain ranging from sand and mud flats through to dunes, shingles, saltmarshes, reed beds and grazing marshes.

It's no surprise that the region continues to attract some unique wildlife. In particular, the North Norfolk Coast is home to some of the most diverse bird life in the world, with rare species sighted constantly, and major migrations taking place each and every year. The Norfolk coast is also known for playing host to seals, with a number of the locations offering the chance to take boat tours in order to get closer to the beautiful creatures.

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about the Norfolk coast is how well preserved it is. The whole region feels no different to how it did twenty, thirty or forty years ago: it still retains that unique character. Even the beaches – some of which are internationally renowned – are as unspoiled as they've always been. If you catch Holkham off-season, it feels like it could have done half a century ago!

If you're heading to the North Norfolk coast and you're looking for a place to stay, give Norfolk Hideaways a call: we have a range of different cottages available throughout the county.

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