Norfolk - A walkers Paradise!
August 10. 2016
If you love nothing better than a good walk whilst on your holiday here is a guide to where to walk in the area. Footpaths abound in Norfolk and are generally well signposted, easy to find and a pleasure to explore. The nearest is to turn right out of the drive and cross over the road. You will see the Public Footpath Sign. Longer distance paths in Norfolk include: The Angles Way The Boudicca Way The Great Eastern Pingo Trail Kett’s Country The Marriott’s Way The Nar Valley Way North Norfolk Coast Path The Paston Way The Peddar’s Way The Tas Valley Way The Weaver’s Way and The Wherryman’s Way. The Marriott’s Way The 21 mile long Marriott’s Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway which forms part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) (Route 1) and is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders between Hellesdon and Aylsham. The path, named after William Marriott, the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway system for 41 years, uses the trackbeds of two former railway lines. The Nar Valley Way The Nar Valley Way is a 34 miles long walk, running from the historic port of King’s Lynn to the Museum of Rural life at Gressenhall, and is contained almost entirely within the watershed of the River Nar. The route follows Public Rights of Way, tracks and minor roads, and passes through Shouldham Warren. The Nar Valley Way also links with other long distance routes, the Wash Coast Path at King’s Lynn, and the Peddar’s Way at Castle Acre. The path follows farm tracks through Lexham Estate by kind permission of the landowner, and at each end you pass through commons managed as Nature Reserves at Litcham and Castle Acre. The North Norfolk Coast Path The Norfolk Coast Path stretches from Hunstanton in the west to Cromer in the east and runs through Norfolk’s heritage coast within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The path takes you from views of the Wash and the Lincolnshire Coastline at Hunstanton, and past many internationally recognised wildlife reserves. Just past Hunstanton the path is joined by the Peddar’s Way extending south into Suffolk following a Roman Road dating back to AD61. There are a variety of circular walks, based from the trail, ideal for an afternoons ramble. The path is well serviced by public transport, by the CoastHopper bus service runs from Hunstanton to Cromer. The Paston Way The 20 mile long Paston Way takes in sixteen churches and sixteen villages and towns. The walk starts in North Walsham from the gates of Paston College and finishes in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul at Cromer. The Paston Way links with the The Weaver’s Way at Cromer and North Walsham. The Peddar’s Way The Peddar’s Way is a long distance footpath, 46 miles (74 km) long, that follows the route of a Roman road. The name is said to be derived from the Latin pedester meaning ‘on foot’. Combined with the North Norfolk Coast Path, it forms the Peddar’s Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail which, together run for 97 miles (156 km). The Weaver’s Way The 57 mile long Weaver’s Way footpath runs from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. The name Weaver’s Way comes from the ancient weaving industry that used to be common in the towns of Aylsham, North Walsham, Stalham and Worsted. The way takes you from the coast at Norfolk, through the Norfolk Broads. It passes through the National Trust estates of Felbrigg and Blickling as well as along the track bed of the former Great Yarmouth to Kings Lynn railway line. Circular walks from the Bittern Line (running from Norwich to Sheringham and Cromer) There's a great website for users of the Bittern railway line, which is used by commuters and tourists alike, not to mention the locals looking for something a little different to do at the weekend, with some ideas of things to do, including circular walks that are accessible by train. Other options There are plenty of less formal walking opportunities. Pretty much the whole of Thetford Forest is open access when forestry operations are not taking place, there are the long expanses of beaches, the estates surrounding National Trust properties and private houses and halls (including the Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Estate and Holkham Hall), the bird reserves (although access may be restricted in nesting seasons) and numerous footpaths and bridleways. For print walks visit www.norfolktrails.co.uk