Walking Routes in Norfolk
Walking in Norfolk is simple, great countryside, easy flat terrain and plenty of rest stop for refreshments and shelter. For those that get tired, the bus system is good especially round the coastline where you can hop on and off throughout the day.
Try out some of these routes, click on the live links to download maps and routes and use the rest of the Discover Norfolk website to find out where to explore, what to experience along your route, family attractions, eating and drinking places and where to stay at the end of the day to rest weary legs and heads.
Walking the North Norfolk Coastal Paths
The North Norfolk Coast path is a national long distance trail which links The Peddar’s Way to a walk that follows the north Norfolk Coast line from Holme next the Sea to Cromer, over a distance of 44 miles. Ideal for a walking holiday to enjoy this breath-taking coastal landscape and the huge blue skies that Norfolk is renowned for.
From the sandy dunes and beaches from Holme, the path leads along grassy sea walls, to the vast beach backed by Pine woodland at Holkham to Wells, then onwards pass the sea water marshes made of mud creeks and marshland of Stiffkey, Morston and Blakeney to the shingle banks at Cley and Weybourne that leads to the low cliffs that rise to the high cliff tops of Sheringham and its golf course and the beach and cliffs that roll towards Cromer. The route is marked with signpost with red acorns, and also follows the A149 Coastal Road.
Walking sections of the North Norfolk Coast offers mostly a level path, with some sandy beaches and shingle banks that can be tiring on the legs.
There are many small natural harbours along this coast line that have creeks, full at high tide and mudflats at low tide and there are a few sections that brings you inland at high tide or can be bypassed at low tide following the coast, you should check the time of the tides before you start.
There is a regular bus service that runs along the coast road; the Coast Hopper, which is ideal for those wanting to walk a short part of the North Norfolk Path and then jump on the Coast Hopper for the journey back.
The North Norfolk Coast is a beautiful place to explore by this national walking trail, taking a leisurely stroll at your own pace, to admire and observe the wildlife that habitat this coastal environment, the unique marshland flora and the variety of bird species, both native to the British coast and visiting migratory birds that come here every year, either to breed like the Arctic turns at Blakeney Point or the Canadian Geese that pass through here to refuel on their long journey back to Canada.
Perfect for a walking holiday on the North Norfolk Coast; for those who enjoy the great outdoors and to explore the delights that this area has to offer at their own pace. Click here to get more information and to download pdfs of the following walks on the Norfolk Coastal Path
Weybourne to Sheringham
Sheringham to Cromer
Cromer to Overstrand
Overstrand to Mundesley
Mundesley to Happisburgh
Happisburgh to Cart Gap
Cart Gap to Sea Palling
Weybourne to Cromer
Cromer to Mundesley
Mundesley to Sea Palling
The Norfolk Coast Path runs all the way from Hunstanton to Sea Palling. Connect with the Peddars Way at Holme-next- the-Sea or Paston Way and Weaver’s Way at Cromer. Paston Way also links in with the Norfolk Coast Path at Trimingham, Bacton and Mundesley.
The second stretch of new coastal path was just opened on the 24th October 2016. The route stretches for 21miles between Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea and includes access between Horsey and Sea Palling. This area is much quieter thus providing avid walkers and wildlife watchers a peaceful stretch to enjoy.
Try out some of these routes too:
There are a variety of circular, short and long walks available on Wherryman’s Way, with something for everyone, whether you want to take the dog for a walk or simply fancy a stroll through stunning Norfolk countryside before retiring to a pub for a drink and a hearty meal.
For more information you can download a PDF booklet of all the circular walks off Wherryman’s Way here. Wherrymans Way
Rockland St Mary
Langley with Hardley
Leave the car behind and catch the train to this fantastic series of walks based around the Bittern Line and Wherry Lines community railways: Click here for more information on the following walks on the Railway Rambles
Bittern Line walks
Wherry line walks
Health, Heritage and Biodiversity Walks
The aim of the Norfolk Health, Heritage and Biodiversity Walks project is to encourage people to enjoy local walks on a regular basis. Click here for pdfs and information on all the walk in this section Health Heritage and Biodiversity Walks
Cromer & Sheringham
Diss and Harleston
Wells and Fakenham
Nar Valley Way
There are a variety of circular, short and long walks available on the Nar Valley Way.
Take in some riverside views or walk through mixed woods and farmland whilst enjoying the wealth of historic buildings and ruins along the route. For PDF downloads for all these routes click here for the following Nar Valley Walking Routes
Kings Lynn Historic Town Walk
South Quay and West Lynn
Pentney and Shouldham Warren
The 22 mile Paston Way passes through the beautiful Poppyland of north-east Norfolk, taking in medieval churches, pretty villages, rolling farmland, disused railways and beach walks.
Click here to download map pdf's of the following routes on the Paston Way
Cromer to Southrepps
Southrepps to Mundesley
Mundesley to Paston
Paston to North Walsham
Cromer to Mundesley
Mundesley to North Walsham
At Cromer join either the Norfolk Coast Path (which heads west, all the way along the coast to Hunstanton) or Weavers’ Way (which meanders its way through to Great Yarmouth).
Weaver’s Way also meets up with Paston Way again at North Walsham, creating a 45 mile loop through this lovely part of Norfolk.
Although only just over 12 miles in length, the Wensum Way can hold its own amongst the Norfolk Trails, passing through fine landscapes and picturesque villages.
It also forms an important link between the Nar Valley Way and Marriott's Way, creating a continuous walk right across Norfolk from King's Lynn in the west to Great Yarmouth in the east. Click here for more information and to download pdf's maps about the following walks on the Wensum Way
Hoe via Hoe Rough
Gressenhall museum to Swanton Morley
Swanton Morley to Elsing
Elsing to Lenwade
Gressenhall museum to Dereham
Why not extend your walk, continuing west along Nar Valley Way towards King's Lynn from Gressenhall museum, or from Lenwade head east on the Marriott's Way to Norwich or north west to Reepham and Aylsham, or even take on the full 96 mile King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth Cross-Norfolk Trail.
Linking the north Norfolk coast at Cromer to the east Norfolk coast at Great Yarmouth, the 61 mile Weavers’ Way passes through a diverse landscape of woodland, mixed farmland, historic country estates, disused railway lines, riverside walks and the famous Norfolk Broads.
Help yourself to maps and information on circular, short and long walks by clicking on this live link to download map pdf's of all the routes listed below on Weavers' Way.
Briggate / Worstead
We have suggested eleven short walks, running the length of Weavers’ Way from north-west to south-east.
Most can be reached by public transport, though sometimes there is a short walk to the start point from the train or bus stop.
Cromer to Gresham
Gresham to Aldborough
Aldborough to Aylsham
Aylsham to North Walsham
North Walsham to Stalham
Stalham to Hickling
Hickling to Potter Heigham
Potter Heigham to Acle
Acle to Halvergate
Halvergate to Berney Arms Train stop
Berney Arms Train stop to Great Yarmouth
You can complete the Weavers’ Way in four longer walks. All can be reached by public transport, though sometimes there is a short walk to the start point from the train or bus stop.
Cromer to Aylsham
Aylsham to Stalham
Stalham to Acle
Acle to Great Yarmouth
Weavers’ Way links with several other Norfolk Trails, so why not explore the area further; at Cromer, join the Norfolk Coast Path (which heads west, right along the coast to Hunstanton) or the Paston Way (which meanders along to link again with Weavers’ Way, in North Walsham); at Aylsham join the Marriott’s Way to Norwich and at Great Yarmouth pick up either the Wherryman’s Way to Norwich along the Yare Valley or the Angles Way along the Waveney Valley, a full 93 miles to Thetford.
This route is from Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea, click on this live link to download map pdf's of the following routes:
Castle Acre 6 miles (PDF)
East Wretham 7 miles (PDF)
Harpley 8 miles (PDF)
Pickenhams 6.5 miles (PDF)
Pingo Trail 7 miles (PDF)
Ringstead 7 miles (PDF)
West Harling 5 miles (PDF)
Finally click on the live link for maps of the Breckland Walks (listed below)which will take you through the very different countryside of the South Norfolk/Suffolk borders
Circular Walk - The Architecture Trail, Thetford (pdf - 894kb)
Circular Walk - The Flint Trail, Brandon (pdf - 702kb)
Circular Walk - The Forest Trail, Santon Downham (pdf - 920kb)
Circular Walk - The Great Estates Trail, Lynford (pdf - 661kb)
Linear Walk - The Heathland Trail, Knettishall (pdf - 2mb)
Circular Walk - The History Trail, Weeting (pdf - 634kb)
Circular Walk - The River Trail, Abbey Heath (pdf - 736kb)
Circular Walk - The Warren Trail, Beachamwell (pdf - 598kb)
Circular Walk - The West Harling Trail (pdf - 575kb)