North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking | Our guide to wildlife watching & bird watching in North Norfolk, a county that is full of natural features, nature reserves, stunning coastline and countryside. The local wildlife and annual visitors are wonderful to watch. And you'll find great pubs, cafes & restaurants nearby to keep you fed & watered while you explore this beautiful part of the world.

North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking  


Walking in North Norfolk is superb, with its diverse landscapes, coastal paths, circular routes, charming villages, and great places to eat and drink enroute. Here are some top tips for walking in North Norfolk.

Deepdale is a great base when you want to go walking. You can easily walk from the doorstep, or catch the bus. We have drying facilities in case you get caught in inclement weather.

Deepdale Visitor Information Centre has a great selection of maps, guides and other information.

 


Top Tips for Walking, Rambling & Hiking in North Norfolk

Our top tip for walking, rambling & hiking in North Norfolk is to wear right clothing, and enjoy exploring.

Explore Coastal Paths - North Norfolk boasts stunning coastal paths with panoramic views. The Norfolk Coast Path, which is part of the England Coast Path, offers beautiful stretches along the coastline.

Check Tide Times - If you're walking along the coast, be aware of the tide times. Some areas may become inaccessible during high tide, so plan your route accordingly.

Wear Appropriate Footwear - Depending on your chosen route, you might encounter various terrains, including beaches, marshes, and trails. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear suitable for different conditions.

Be Weather-Ready - The weather on the North Norfolk coast can be unpredictable. Check the forecast before heading out and dress in layers. Bring waterproofs and be prepared for changes in weather.

Carry Essentials - Pack a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, a map, and a compass. Mobile phone coverage may vary, so it's good to have a guide books or map as a backup.

Respect Nature Reserves - North Norfolk is home to several nature reserves. Follow designated paths, respect wildlife, and adhere to any specific guidelines or rules in these protected areas.

Visit Local Villages - Take time to explore the charming villages along your route. Many have historic buildings, quaint pubs, and friendly locals.

Check for Walking Festivals - North Norfolk hosts walking festivals at various times of the year. Participating in these events can provide guided walks, local insights, and a chance to meet fellow walkers.

Look for Waymarked Trails - The area has a network of well-marked trails, including the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path. Follow these trails for well-maintained routes.

Be Mindful of Wildlife - North Norfolk is rich in birdlife and other wildlife. Bring binoculars for birdwatching and be respectful of natural habitats.

Plan Your Routes - Whether you prefer a short coastal walk or a longer hike inland, plan your routes in advance. Local tourist information centers can provide maps and advice.

Follow the North Norfolk Coastal Code & Countryside Code - Respect the countryside and follow the Countryside Code, which includes closing gates, keeping dogs under control, and taking litter with you.

Enjoy your walks in North Norfolk! The region has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts and those who appreciate scenic landscapes.

 


North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking Routes


Brancaster Staithe Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Brancaster Staithe Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Brancaster Staithe Circular Walk

3.8 miles (6 km) This is a lovely walk, that takes you up to Barrow Common, back down to Branodunum with amazing views of Brancaster Staithe Harbour, then back along the Norfolk Coast Path.

Maps show the starting point at The Jolly Sailors, but most of our customers start with us at Deepdale Camping & Rooms in Burnham Deepdale, and then just happen to stop at The Jolly Sailors or The White Horse on the way back.

nationaltrust.org.uk


Norfolk Coast Path (inc England Coast Path) | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Norfolk Coast Path (inc England Coast Path) | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Norfolk Coast Path (inc England Coast Path)

The Norfolk Coast Path is just across the road from Deepdale, and heads both East and West along the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. 84 miles (135 km) from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea, with beaches, cliff tops, path ways & board walks.

Many visitors to Deepdale are walking the entire distance of the path, and others dip in and walk parts of it. You can walk a section and then catch the Coastliner Bus back to Deepdale.

nationaltrail.co.uk


Brancaster Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Brancaster Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Brancaster Circular Walk

4.5 miles (7.3 km) The walk passes the Ship Hotel and St. Mary's Church. It continues toward the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, built near the site of the old lifeboat house. Returning inland, it passes the round-towered church of St. Mary's at Titchwell, and the medieval village cross.

Titchwell chalk pit is also accessible from this trail. Once used as a dump, it has now been transformed into a mini nature reserve.

norfolk.gov.uk


The Burnhams Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
The Burnhams Circular Walk | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

The Burnhams Circular Walk

Following in the footsteps of two of Norfolk's maritime heroes, this stunning route visits three of the historic 'Seven Burnhams by the sea'.

On this walk you'll visit Burnham Overy Saithe, Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Market (not one of the 7 Burnhams) and Burnham Norton. You'll pass St Clement's Church, St Mary's Friary (ruins) and St Margaret's Church.

norfolk.gov.uk


West Norfolk Coastal Treasures | 16 Heritage Routes | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
West Norfolk Coastal Treasures | 16 Heritage Routes | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

West Norfolk Coastal Treasures

16 heritage routes (13 walking routes & 3 cycling routes) across north-west Norfolk on foot or by bike.

Each of these routes is designed to help you explore the wealth of cultural heritage, history and natural beauty across north-west Norfolk.

Walk locations include Bircham, Brancaster, Brancaster Staithe, The Burnhams, Heacham, Houghton, Hunstanton, Ken Hill, Leziate, Nelson Loop, Ringstead, Sandringham, Snettisham, Thornham & The Woottons

norfolk.gov.uk


Peddars Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Peddars Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Peddars Way

Peddars Way starts in Suffolk at Knettishall Heath Country Park (or Thetford Station for cyclists) and follows the route of a Roman road for 49 miles (79 km) to Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast meeting the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea.

The path meets the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea and many long distance walkers like to combine the two paths.

nationaltrail.co.uk


National Trust Walks | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
National Trust Walks | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

National Trust Walks

The National Trust has a lot of properties and land in Norfolk, and on those estates there are a lot walks. You can enjoy ancient woodlands, wide open skies, fresh air, blue bell trails, stately homes, fascinating follies and ancient buildings.

You can enjoy coastal walk in places like Brancaster Staithe, Blakeney and West Runton. And countryside walks in places like Blickling, Felbrigg and Sheringham.

nationaltrust.org.uk


Deep History Coast Discovery Trail | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Deep History Coast Discovery Trail | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Deep History Coast Discovery Trail

The Deep History Coast Trail covers 22 miles (36 km) of coastline from Weybourne to Cart Gap along the clifftops of the north Norfolk coast. With eleven discovery points along the way, you can find out what the landscape looked like hundreds of thousands of years ago.

Explore the Deep History Coast along the Discovery Trail which follows the coastline from Weybourne to Cart Gap. Walk it all or pick a section and find out what the area was like thousands of years ago via eleven Discovery Points along the way. Each route brings a unique discovery about north Norfolk's past.

visitnorthnorfolk.com


Marriott's Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
Marriott's Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

Marriott's Way

26 miles (41 km) - The whole off-road trail can be used by walkers. Marriott's Way follows the route of two disused railway lines, running between the medieval city of Norwich and the historic market town of Aylsham, via Drayton, Lenwade, Cawston and Reepham. This route is suitable for a very accessible route, easy to walk with buggies and wheelchairs, although pneumatic tyres will make the going easier.

www.sustrans.org.uk

pdf Guide


The Walsingham Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
The Walsingham Way | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

The Walsingham Way

37 miles (59.5 km) - The Walsingham Way is a community and ecumenical partnership enabled by Norwich Cathedral, part of their contribution to the European Green Pilgrimage Network. The heart of the project is a safe to walk pilgrim path - on green lanes and footpaths - from Norwich to Walsingham. The route was waymarked in the Spring 2021.

Starting at Norwich Cathedral and taking you through the Norfolk countryside to Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

walsinghamway.blog


North Norfolk Woodland Walks | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking
North Norfolk Woodland Walks | North Norfolk Walking, Rambling & Hiking

North Norfolk Woodland Walks

North Norfolk is blessed with lovely natural landscapes and a range of diverse coastal and inland woodland walks to enjoy throughout the year. A haven for wildlife, they provide a chance to experience the delights of nature through the changing seasons, from bluebells in spring through leafy shade in summer, to glorious displays of colour in autumn and crisp frost effects in winter.

north-norfolk.gov.uk



Walking, Rambling & Hiking Maps & Guide Books

We have an excellent selection of maps, guide books and other information in Deepdale Visitor Information Centre. But if you'd like to get copies before you visit us, here are some of our cycling related favourites for sale online. You can see our full bookshop here. Links will take you to Amazon online store.

 

Dog Walks Around The Norfolk Coast: 16 coastal dog walks where a dog lead is hardly needed!

Dog Walks Around The Norfolk Coast: 16 coastal dog walks where a dog lead is hardly needed!

 

Guide to Norfolk Pub Walks: Pocket-Size Guidebook with 20 Walking Routes

Guide to Norfolk Pub Walks: Pocket-Size Guidebook with 20 Walking Routes

 

Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way: 77 large-scale maps & guides to 45 towns & villages; Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat (Trailblazer British Walking Guides)

Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way: 77 large-scale maps & guides to 45 towns & villages; Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat (Trailblazer British Walking Guides)

 

Norfolk Pathfinder Walking Guide | Ordnance Survey | Pathfinder 45 | 28 Outstanding Circular Walks | Norfolk | Nature | Walks | Adventure (Pathfinder Guides)

Norfolk Pathfinder Walking Guide | Ordnance Survey | Pathfinder 45 | 28 Outstanding Circular Walks | Norfolk | Nature | Walks | Adventure (Pathfinder Guides)

 

Norfolk Walks for all Ages

Norfolk Walks for all Ages

 

Norfolk Year Round Walks: 20 Circular Walking Routes for Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter

Norfolk Year Round Walks: 20 Circular Walking Routes for Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter

 

Norfolk: 40 Coast and Country Walks

Norfolk: 40 Coast and Country Walks

 

OS Explorer Map 236 | King's Lynn, Downham & Swaffham Map | Peddar's Way | Ordnance Survey

OS Explorer Map 236 | King's Lynn, Downham & Swaffham Map | Peddar's Way | Ordnance Survey

 

OS Explorer Map 250 | Norfolk Coast West Map | King's Lynn & Hunstanton | Ordnance Survey

OS Explorer Map 250 | Norfolk Coast West Map | King's Lynn & Hunstanton | Ordnance Survey

 

OS Explorer Map 251 | Norfolk Coast Central Map | Wells-next-the-Sea & Fakenham | Ordnance Survey

OS Explorer Map 251 | Norfolk Coast Central Map | Wells-next-the-Sea & Fakenham | Ordnance Survey

 

OS Explorer Map 252 | Norfolk Coast East Map | Cromer & North Walsham | Ordnance Survey

OS Explorer Map 252 | Norfolk Coast East Map | Cromer & North Walsham | Ordnance Survey

 

OS Landranger Map 132 | North West Norfolk Map | King's Lynn & Fakenham | Ordnance Survey

OS Landranger Map 132 | North West Norfolk Map | King's Lynn & Fakenham | Ordnance Survey

 

OS Landranger Map 133 | North East Norfolk Map | Cromer & Wroxham | Ordnance Survey

OS Landranger Map 133 | North East Norfolk Map | Cromer & Wroxham | Ordnance Survey

 

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail Map

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail Map

 

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast path: 130 mile national trail - Norfolk's best inland and coastal scenery

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast path: 130 mile national trail - Norfolk's best inland and coastal scenery

 

The Rough Guide to Norfolk & Suffolk

The Rough Guide to Norfolk & Suffolk

 

Walking in Norfolk: 40 Circular Walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and Along the Coast (British Walking)

Walking in Norfolk: 40 Circular Walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and Along the Coast (British Walking)

 

Wilderness Walks: Twelve Guided Wildlife Walks Along the North Norfolk Coast

Wilderness Walks: Twelve Guided Wildlife Walks Along the North Norfolk Coast

 


Walking, Rambling & Hiking Events

 

 

Bat Walk with Norfolk & Norwich Bat Group

Saturday 27th July 2024
Join us to explore the fascinating world of bats, hidden within Deepdale Farm's private woodland. Led by expert volunteers from the Norfolk & Norwich Bat Group, they will provide equipment and knowledge to discover various species.
 

 

 

Norfolk Photography Walks - Summer Session - Thornham

Wednesday 31st July 2024
Join local photographer Jon Clifton on a guided walk from Thornham to Holme Dunes
 

 

 

Walking Women

Tuesday 6th August 2024
For a breath of fresh air, some gentle exercise and a good dose of sociability, come along to our safe and friendly walks for women.
 

 

 

Walking Women

Tuesday 3rd September 2024
For a breath of fresh air, some gentle exercise and a good dose of sociability, come along to our safe and friendly walks for women.
 

 

 

Norfolk Photography Walks - Norwich

Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th September 2024
Learn and practice photography with a friendly group
 

 

 

Walking Women

Tuesday 1st October 2024
For a breath of fresh air, some gentle exercise and a good dose of sociability, come along to our safe and friendly walks for women.
 

 

 

Biofluorescent Night Walk

Thursday 3rd October 2024
Join us for an extraordinary adventure as we explore the fascinating world of biofluorescence!
 

 

 

Microscopic Marvels Macro Photography Walk

Thursday 3rd October 2024
Join Reveal Nature to explore the enchanting world of macro photography. Just a smart phone needed.
 

 

 

Walking Women

Tuesday 5th November 2024
For a breath of fresh air, some gentle exercise and a good dose of sociability, come along to our safe and friendly walks for women.
 

 

 

Biofluorescent Night Walk

Monday 11th November 2024
Join us for an extraordinary adventure as we explore the fascinating world of biofluorescence!
 

 

 

Biofluorescent Night Walk

Tuesday 26th November 2024
Join us for an extraordinary adventure as we explore the fascinating world of biofluorescence!
 

 

 

Microscopic Marvels Macro Photography Walk

Tuesday 26th November 2024
Join Reveal Nature to explore the enchanting world of macro photography. Just a smart phone needed.
 

 

 

Walking Women

Tuesday 3rd December 2024
For a breath of fresh air, some gentle exercise and a good dose of sociability, come along to our safe and friendly walks for women.