Willerby Walks: The best walks in Norfolk19 February 2019
Whether you’re a regular visitor to Norfolk, or it’s your first trip to the region, its position on the East Anglian coast makes it a wonderful part of the UK to visit. Once there, what better than to get out in the fresh North Sea air and try out some of Norfolk’s best walking routes.
We’ve rounded up our favourite walks, both short and long, for you to try.
Blakeney is an area of outstanding natural beauty so there are plenty of reasons to come here when you’re visiting Norfolk. If you fancy a long walk then there is a 7.5mile circular walk which will take you through the pretty villages of Cley, Wiveton and Blakeney.
The walk starts at Back Lane in Blakeney where you take the Peddars Way and Norfolk coast path which takes you around the fresh marshes. You’ll reach the village of Clay next the Sea before heading south to Wiveton, which you pass through as you circle back to Blakeney.
When you’re ready to relax after your walk, you can spend the night at one of the nearby holiday parks which include Kelling Heath, Woodlands Caravan Park and Friary Farm Caravan Park.
As a leading costal town in Norfolk, Cromer has some wonderful walking routes which are all close to a number of holiday parks including Six acres, Pinewood, Forest park and Roman Camp caravan parks.
A popular spot is Felbrigg Hall gardens and estate, a National Trust site which spans 520 acres of woodland. There are many different routes to take through the estate including a stunning stroll past the lake and pram-friendly paths.
As with many National Trust properties it also has regular events including a night hike, a bird spotting walk and a bat walk. To find out more visit here.
Also in Cromer is a short 1.5 mile circular walk which gives you unrivalled views of the town thanks to its clifftop path. On a clear day, offshore wind farms can be seen, as well as the many ships in the North Sea routes off the Norfolk Coast.
Despite it being a quick route, it takes in both coastal and woodland, making it short but sweet, and you can start and end the walk at the local North Lodge Park, a quintessential sea-side cliff top park full of flowers and home to a local tearoom.
The Cromer ‘Happy Valley’ circular route is easily accessible from holiday parks; Overstrand campsite, Ivy Farm, Seaview, Gap caravan site and Gold Coast caravan park.
Scolt Head Island and Gun Hill, Burnham
Scolt Head Island is a popular nature reserve which forms part of the North Norfolk Heritage Coast. An area of outstanding beauty it is owned by the National Trust and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Scolt Head is a barrier island which runs parallel with the coast. It’s home to sand dunes, salt marshes and rare wildlife, but it is only accessible in the Spring and Summer months. The safest and recommended way to reach the island is via a ferry which runs during these seasons in high tide.
The island is only four miles long and you’ll likely visit the east side as, during most of the summer, the west side is shut to the public to allow breeding birds not to be disturbed.
Whether you are going to take the ferry to Scolt Head or want to explore the landside coast nearby, you can head to East Harbour Way in Burnham Overy Staithe, a small Norfolk hamlet.
If on arrival you don’t fancy a ferry ride or it’s out of season there is a Norfolk coast path which runs from the car park out to Gun Hill Beach.
Once you’ve spent the day exploring either Scolt Head or Gun Hill, or even both, you can find accommodation nearby at Jolly Sailors park or Poplars holiday park.
Once you’ve explored the seafront and promenade of Great Yarmouth, less than four miles west lies Burgh Castle which is in the Broads National Park.
An accessible short circular route of just one mile is perfect for those not wanting to walk far but wishing to see the roman site.
If you want a longer route, you can walk from the castle to Great Yarmouth on the coast, although it’s a 4.5-mile walk or a 9-mile round trip. You’ll walk along Angles Way and take a riverside route with stunning rural views. To see the 4.5 linear route visit here.
After your short or long walk, thanks to the popularity of Great Yarmouth, there is a huge choice of holiday parks to rest up at including Breydon Water, Burgh Castle Marina and Holiday Park, Burgh Hall and Wild Duck Holiday Park.
A 3.4-mile circular walk starts in the popular seaside village of Hemsby and takes you along another of Norfolk’s finest coastal paths to the neighbouring village of Winterton-on-Sea.
Winterton is home to a beautiful sandy beach which you can make your way down to as the coastal path meets Beach Road before making your way back up and taking King Street and The Holway that will eventually put you back on the coastal path to Hemsby Beach car park.
You can also start and end this walk at Lacon Arms public house.
Once you’re back at Hemsby Beach and finished on the amusements, Hemsby Beach caravan park, Newport Caravan Park, California Cliffs, Summerfields and Scratby Hall caravan parks are all nearby.
Where to stay in Norfolk
Norfolk is a popular region for holiday homes thanks to its breath-taking scenery and beautiful coast. With a Willerby static caravan or lodge, you could explore every walk in the area with a home away from home and the freedom to visit and live here whenever you like.