Our top 8 coastal and countryside walks in Norfolk
If pretty countryside ambles or wintery blow-the-cobwebs-away kind of beach walks are your jam then here are our top 8 winter walks in Norfolk
Why you should choose Sheringham for your dog friendly holiday
Kicking off with one of our absolute favourite walks, which whilst it can be a windy one it is one which will leave you feeling fresh and ready for a hot chocolate at one of the nearby cafes, is the walk from Sheringham boating pond along the cliff tops to Weybourne windmill. This walk is known as Skelding Hill and skirts sheringham's links golf course before heading down to the pebbled beach which both Sheringham and Weybourne are known for. Hit the time right and you will be walking right into the marvellous sunsets which North Norfolk regularly enjoys!
Go for a walk in Holt
Holt County Park is particularly great in the winter as you can choose to spend all your time under the 100 acres of mixed woodland, in particular Scots Pine and native broadleaves. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife which are great to enjoy looking for with the littlest members of the family. Owned and managed by North Norfolk District Council, Holt Country Park was awarded the Green Flag which is a scheme that recognised and rewards the very best green spaces around the country! Most walks are circular and easy going (although some may be muddier than others) and all leave from the car park. Before you leave don't forget to warm up at Hetty's House Tearoom which serves the best cakes, scones and tasty treats. A Norfolk Cottage Agency favourite, especially if you're staying in self catering accommodation in Holt.
Have you ever heard of Marriott's Way?
Marriott's Way is another firm favourite with tourists and residents alike. It is a 26 mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route, which follows the routes of two disused railway lines, and runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and the medieval city of Norwich. Characterised by wide, flat paths Marriott's Way is suitable for prams, wheelchairs, a gentle bike ride, horses, dogs - making it an ideal winter walk away from muddy, hilly terrain. If you're considering a day along Marriott's Way we highly recommend checking out the dedicated website which offers routes, guidance and inspiration!
Make sure you check out The Norfolk Coast path
Brancaster Staithe Circular Walk is always a good'un at any time of year, but head there during the off peak tourist season and you can really enjoy the nature and the saltmarshes without any disturbances. The walk is a mixture of marshes, woodland and incredible views - perfect for anyone looking for a walk along the Norfolk coast. Bird watching, wildlife observing, boat spotting, paddle boarding, yoga practising - this stretch of land is enjoyed by many and for many different reasons! For more details head here!
Head inland for some Norfolk countrside
Blickling Hall is not only steeped in history, but it's also home to some lovely walks and weekly parkruns. The paths at Blickling are a little rougher than the likes of Marriott's Way so it's not recommended for prams and wheelchairs (that said, we've always been fine with our buggy). There are many walks to choose from, some which take in towers and Mausoleums and others which skim lakes and provide great views of the Hall from all angles. For more information head to the National Trust site here!
Why you shouldn't forget about Peddars Way
If you're after a longer walk then why not experience Peddars Way, a 49 mile route which follows a Roman road between Knettishall Heath Country Park and Holme-next-the-Sea. Highlights along the route include beautiful medieval ports, quaint fishing villages, medieval churches and gastro pubs serving fresh seafood - an ideal way to sample the local cuisine! The countryside is ever changing along Peddars Way, there is approximately 1 village every 11.5 miles along the pathway making it a wonderfully isolating time; time to think, time to switch off and time to be at one with nature!
Go crazy at Thetford Forest
We could hardly miss out Thetford Forest when blogging about top winter walks in Norfolk. Thetford Forest is on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and easily accessible. There are so many walks, activities and things to do within the 18,730 hectares of the UK’s largest man made lowland forest. Pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, perhaps head to the High Lodge Visitor Centre which is a hub of tourist activity with a café, adventure playground, Go-Ape course nearby, and information.
Staying in a holiday home near Sandringham?
At Norfolk Cottage Agency we love a woodland walk (can you tell!) so we're going to end with the hugely popular royal parkland at Sandringham Estate in West Norfolk. For the full experience we recommend parking at one of the main car parks and exploring the 243 hectares of evergreen and deciduous trees which are home to many animals, birds and plants! The estate is hugely dog and family friendly and boast a brand new playground which is located near the courtyard which houses a terrace cafe, picnic benches, restaurant and estate shop. Who knows, you may even seen the Queen before you head back to your Norfolk holiday accommodation.
If you're coming to Norfolk with your four-legged friends, then you may like to look at our top tips for dog friendly holidays in Norfolk blog. Alongside this, we have a blog which lists some of our favourite dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants which you may like to read.
Hugs, the Norfolk Cottage Agency team
Dog friendly beaches in Norfolk
If you're on holiday in Norfolk with your canine friend, then knowing the best beaches for dogs in Norfolk is going to be real help! Naturally not all beaches are going to offer your dog space to roam free, so here are our top 7 dog friendly beaches in Norfolk.
Family friendly things do to in Norfolk
There is an abundance of family things to do in Norfolk if you're looking for an exiting adventure! Yes, Norfolk may not have mountains. Yes, it's a county which is predominantly flat. And yes, it doesn't have the largest theme parks, BUT it is a super family friendly destination! Here are our favourite things to do!