Best walks in Norfolk

Discover sandy shores, spectacular wildlife and classic seaside towns with a favourite Norfolk hikes

Sunrise on a misty morning at Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast

Norfolk is the fifth largest county in England and contains the biggest lowland forest in Britain. It’s a county of not only woodland and forest but broads, open pasture and wild shores.

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Wildlife thrives in Norfolk, especially on the coast where grey seals rub shoulders with wading birds, especially prevalent in the winter months. Look out too for otters, spring and summer wildflowers and swathes of autumn heather.

Weaned grey seal pup on Blakeney Point

Cromer, Norfolk

Cromer, Norfolk
Cromer, Norfolk ©Alamy

A stunning eleven-mile walk along the Norfolk coast, starting and ending at the seaside resort of Cromer – marvel at yellow sea poppies, watch tractors pull fishing boats from the sea and dine on delicious dressed crab. Map and route.


Halvergate and Berney Marshes, Norfolk

Halvergate Marshes, Norfolk
Halvergate Marshes, Norfolk ©Getty
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This route takes you through rustling reed-bordered marsh tracks and along the flood banks of Breydon Water where wigeon, shelducks and Bewick’s swans winter. Explore this area with an eight-mile circular walk through Halvergate and Berney Marshes. Map and route.


Horsey, Norfolk

Horsey Windpump
Horsey Windpump ©Getty

Enjoy a moderate circular walk around the village of Horsey in the Norfolk Broads National Park, discovering marshland, wild coast and grey seals. Map and route.


Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Sunrise on a misty morning at Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast
Sunrise on a misty morning at Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast ©Getty

Take a hike through creaking pinewoods, beside wildlife-rich marshes and along one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches on the North Norfolk coast. Map and route.


Great Eastern Pingo Trail, Norfolk

Pingo, Norfolk
The Norfolk Ponds Project aims to restore these lost or damaged water features, also known as ‘ghost ponds’ ©Fotolibra

The British landscape is strewn with unusual-looking reminders of our ancient past. One such landform is the pingo, a small pond of surprising significance. Find out more about the Great Eastern Pingo Trail.


St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk

St Benet's Abbey, Norfolk ©Alamy
St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk ©Alamy

Once the home of wealthy monks, a famous knight and an industrious farmer, this lonesome relic now stands empty, save for the occasional crow, owl and wintertime wren. Find out more about Benet’s Abbey.


Holme Dunes, Norfolk

Holme Dunes, Norfolk
Holme Dunes, Norfolk ©Alamy

Take the Norfolk Coast Path along the dunes and out on to the beach. This expanse of sand is often empty in winter, save the bar-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and dunlin that stalk the peat-beds exposed at low tide. Watching birds is an excuse to loiter, focus, slow down. Find out more about Holme Dunes.