One of the best things about Norfolk is the variety of its landscapes. From the coast to the country and from forests to the fens, Norfolk has it all. There is no better way to explore all of this beautiful scenery than on foot, and there are plenty of long distance walking routes that allow you to do just this, whatever the time of year. In Winter you can enjoy a brisk walk in the crisp countryside, in Autumn you can enjoy a stroll through the golden leaves on the floor, and in the Spring and Summer you will be treated to a vast array of bright flowers and fantastic wildlife. Whether you are an experienced walker and plan to complete the entire course, or just want to sample a section of some of these routes, here are three of our favourite long distance Norfolk walking routes.
The Paston Way walking route will lead you 22 miles from Cromer to North Walsham, allowing you to discover some of the area's beautiful medieval churches along the way. There is even the option to extend the route to 29.5 miles, if you wish to cover all of the 14 historical churches that surround this walking route. You will walk through a range of different Norfolk villages through some of the county's most picturesque countryside, crossing disused railway lines, with views of the North Sea, and you may even be lucky enough to catch sight of seals on the beach too. The trail is named after the Paston family who, during the Medieval and Tudor periods, were the most prominent landowners in the area.
Norfolk Coastal Path National Trail
This walking route stretches around 45 miles from Holme-next-the-Sea to Cromer, which makes it perfect for a walking holiday. You will pass through some of the county's most beautiful coastal towns and villages, such as Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham, provding you with wonderful places to stay as you complete the walk. Much of the route is along beach paths and cliff-tops, giving you an unforgettable view of the Norfolk coastline and its wildlife as you go. Since 2014, the Norfolk Coastal Path has been extended as far as Sea Palling, if you are really looking for a challenge.
Perhaps only the most experienced of walkers would complete the entirety of this 96 mile route, but there is definitely beauty to be enjoyed if you choose to walk just a fraction of it, whichever section you choose. The Cross-Norfolk Trail begins in King's Lynn on the Wash and follows some of the county's main rivers, including the Nar, Wensum and Yare, along the way until its final destination of Great Yarmouth. Not only will you see Norfolk's most beautiful rural landscapes, you will also pass the historical city of Norwich, which is definitely worth a visit during your time in Norfolk.
The great thing about these long distance walking routes is that they are suitable for everyone, as they can be completed in sections, which allows you to enjoy the beauty of Norfolk for that little bit longer.