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The terrain is gently rolling countryside, with many coast and river views and therefore makes an ideal place for walking and hiking.

An Introduction to Walking in Norfolk

Salthouse Sea Ridge
Horsey Path
Burnham Overy Staithe
Barton Broadwalk
Alderfen Broad

Norfolk is a great place to come to walk. The terrain has inaccurately been defined as flat, when in fact it is gently rolling countryside, with nothing more than a few hundred feet. The Norfolk Broads are the largest wetland in Britain and offer water, reeds, marshes and tangled woodlands - a haven for birds and wildlife. The North Norfolk Coast has many creeks, channels and inlets, with nature reserves, churches, windmills, craft centre's, and numerous waterside villages with pubs, shops and restaurants. There are many public footpaths that cover Norfolk and there are also a few long distance paths, such the Weavers Way, Peddars Way, Wherryman's Way and the North Norfolk Coast Path.
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A map showing some of the top places for walking in Norfolk

Norfolk Walks Map Holme next the Sea Wroxham Ranworth  Upper Sheringham Holt Country Park Norwich Mundesley Cromer Cliff Top Path Blakeney North Norfolk Coast Path Happisburgh Sea Palling Horsey Hickling Potter Heigham Thurne South Walsham Ludham Neatishead Horning Salhouse Broad Coltishall Alysham Bacton Woods Stalham Muckleburgh Hill Salthouse Heath Cley next the Sea Nature Reserve Wymondham Martham Burnham Overy Staithe Winterton on Sea Reepham Brancaster North Norfolk Coast Path Overstrand Cliff Top Path Holkham Bay Southwold Norfolk Map River Nar Walks Sandringham Country Park Burgh Castle Acle Loddon Aldeburgh Whitlingham Country Park Reedham

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Norfolk Trails ChartThis chart was devised by Norfolk Trails and was displayed in Cromer lifeboat station

10 Top Walks in Norfolk

Salthouse Heath
Salthouse Heath was created at the end of the last ice age, when the ice sheet ground to halt at about this point. As the ice melted, it dropped all the material it was carrying and this formed the ridge we see today. The heath gives wonderful views of the Norfolk Coast, the village and church below. The heath itself is crisscrossed by a network of footpaths and is great for walking. The heath is like a wild garden, full of heather and ferns, plus wild flowers including foxglove and rose.
Coast View
The view of the coast from Salthouse Heath
FLowering Purple Heather
Flowering Purple Heather on Salthouse Heath
Salthouse Church View
Salthouse church from Salthouse Heath
Muckleburgh Hill
Muckleburgh Hill may only be a few hundred feet high, but it is a spectacular view from the summit. The dense woodland at the base of the hill makes finding the path to the top a bit of a puzzle, but when you do find and climb it, you are rewarded with views over Weybourne and Sheringham to the east and Salthouse and Cley next the Sea to the west. Immediately below Muckleburgh Hill is the Muckleburgh Collection, a museum of military hardware.
Muckleburgh Hill View
The summit of Muckleburgh Hill
Wooded Paths
Footpaths to the top of Muckleburgh Hill
View East
View of Weybourne from Muckleburgh Hill
Cromer Cliff-top path
This fabulous cliff-top walk takes you from the lovely east Norfolk village of Overstrand into the heart of Cromer (about a mile and a half). Along the way you get great views of the sea, Cromer Lighthouse, Royal Cromer Golf Club and Cromer Pier. There is a large car-park at the Overstrand end, so you may like to start your walk there. Once you have walked to Cromer along the cliff-tops, you could always return via the beach. The cliff-top walk is not really suitable for young children as there is no fence along the cliff edge.
Cromer Cliff Path
Cliff top path to Cromer
Church Lighthouse
Cromer Lighthouse
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Blakeney to Cley next the Sea
The North Norfolk Coast Path is a popular route for walkers of all ability. One of the most popular sections of this long distance footpath is the section leading from the village of Blakeney out over the marshes towards the sea and eventually to Cley next the Sea (just under 3 miles). The path gives lovely views and you will be able to see Cley Mill in the distance. Silting has left a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks, with many creeks and channels twisting and turning their way through. Horse races were once a regular feature on these marshes, with the last race taking place in 1826.
Blakeney Coast Path
The coast path at Blakeney
Cley Marshes
Cley marshes footpath
Cley Windmill Views
View of Cley Mill from the marshes
Brancaster to Burnham Overy
Another popular section of the North Norfolk Coast Path leads from Brancaster Staithe to Burnham Overy Staithe (approx 4 ¼ miles). The whole area has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and it is easy to see why. There are fabulous views over the marshes which are popular with residential and migrating birds. Brancaster is a working fishing village and you can treat yourself to some fresh shellfish sold from a stall in Brancaster Harbour.
North Norfolk Coast Path View
The view from the Norfolk Coast path at Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Harbour
Sailing dinghies and boats at Brancaster
Paths and views around Burnham Overy Staithe
Horsey Mill to Horsey Gap
Horsey is the closest Broadland village to the coast - about a mile from the sea. A magnificent windpump sits on Horsey staithe and is visible for miles around. A footpath follows the a dyke that leads to Horsey Mere, a windswept broad. You can either follow this footpath to Brograve Mill, or take the National Trust path that leads from the windpump over NT land towards the coast at Horsey Gap. This short walk gives takes you from a Broadland landscape to an empty windswept beach. The path does get a little muddy in winter, but there is a remote country pub along the way to keep you refreshed. In winter, the beach is a popular breeding ground for a colony of grey seals.
Horsey Dyke
Horsey Dyke and Windpump
Horsey Footpath
National Trust land leads to the beach at Horsey
Horsey Beach
A family walk along the sand dunes overlooking Horsey Beach
Ranworth and South Walsham Broad
Ranworth is a lovely Broadland village, actually fronting Malthouse Broad with Ranworth Broad (to the west) closed to boats as it is a nature reserve. Malthouse Broad is a boating paradise with all style, shape and size of boat, and their crew can often be found having a pint of local beer in the pub! The village is dominated by its church dating back to 1370 and is known as the Cathedral of the Broads. Walks extend in nearly every direction, with popular walks being to the church and nature reserve (where there is a visitors centre) and a 2 mile loop along the edge of Malthouse Broad, passing South Walsham Broad and finishing back in Ranworth at the pub!
Nature Reserve Centre
Ranworth Nature Reserve
The footpath near South Walsham Broad
Fairhaven Garden
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden near Ranworth
River Nar walk at Castle Acre
Castle Acre lies at a strategic point where the Peddars Way (an old Roman road, now a long distance footpath) crosses the River Nar. In fact the word "Acra" is a Saxon word for stream or running water and it is clear that the river played an important part in the history of the village. Today, it is a lovely place for a walk and to take in the views of the surrounding countryside and the historic village of Castle Acre, Castle and Priory.
River Nar Walks
Walking along the banks of the River Nar
River Nar Ford
The road crosses the river at a ford
Castle Acre Priory
The ruins of Castle Acre Priory
Whitlingham Country Park
Whitlingham Country Park is a woodland and water park just southeast outside Norwich at Trowse and is a great place to enjoy a family walk. Built on the site of a quarry whose gravel was used for a number of major local construction projects, Whitlingham offers a full range of water-based activities, including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rafting and canoeing. A path leads right around the Great Broad, which is about 3 miles for a complete circuit. You don't have to walk the entire way round however, with the majority of visitors opting to walk a portion of the perimeter. After your walk there is good cafe to enjoy a refreshment in the visitors centre.
Paths at Whitlingham Park
Wherryman's Way
Signposts mark the Wherryman's Way
Whitlingham Adventure Centre
Whitlingham Adventure centre
Norwich Riverside Walk
The Riverside Walk is a picturesque walk along the banks of the River Wensum, in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral. It makes a complete change from the city centre and with a few pubs along the way, it's a great thing to do on a sunny day. Two interesting buildings you will come across on the walk are Pulls Ferry (a 15th century arch that marks the start of an ancient canal to the cathedral) and Cow Tower (a medieval brick defensive lookout that was built at the end of the 12th Century at a strategic bend in the River Wensum as part of the city defences).
Norwich Pulls Ferry
Norwich Pulls Ferry
Norwich Yacht Station
Norwich Yacht Station
Norwich Cow Tower
Norwich Cow Tower

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