Andrew Middleton,Assistant Trails Officer, Norfolk County Council, with an update on the strides forward for Norfolk’s national trail
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path passes through some of the most diverse landscapes in the east of England. From the wild Brecklands to the edge of the Broads National Park, this national trail runs past striped cliffs at Hunstanton, tidal marshes at Cley, sand dune backed beaches at Holkham and now ever onwards east.
Over the past year the National Trails team have been busy making improvements along the Peddars Way, and also extending the coast path 21 miles eastwards, from Sea Palling, so that the coast path now runs for 84 miles from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea.
The new stretch of the Norfolk Coast Path opened last October, with a ceremony at Great Yarmouth, which is right on the new stretch. The 21 miles of new national trail includes three miles of brand new access between Horsey and Sea Palling offering fantastic opportunities for walking, birdwatching and more.
In addition we have developed many new circular walks leading off the coast path to create opportunities to explore the countryside and settlements. From one mile to nine, there’s a walk for everyone here.
We have also been working to improve access for all, and have built and installed a brand new boardwalk at North Denes to mitigate the environmental impact along the dune system there, but also to create access to the beach, in particular for people with mobility issues. We are looking at similar improvements at Holme, where we hope to install a boardwalk to improve access to the beach.
The Norfolk Trails team have also developed the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Passport – a guide to the National Trail in Norfolk, providing descriptions of each walk section, indicating circular walks that are close by, as well as highlighting local points of interest, pubs, cafes and accommodation. Each walk section is accompanied by its own stamp. As you walk along the National Trail, collect your stamps and earn your place in the National Trail Hall of Fame!
If you are visiting with the family why not get a junior passport for the children which gives loads of great advice and ideas for activities – it’s free with the purchase of the adult passport. Profits from the passport go towards maintaining the national trail, and it is available at tourist information and visitor centres.
Andrew Middleton is Assistant Trails Officer, Norfolk County Council
Pitch up and relax on a new kind of holiday
If you’d like to walk and camp your way along the coast, but don’t want to carry a big rucksack, a Norfolk firm is offering an innovative holiday package. MarGins offer ‘walking and glamping’ holidays – from a three day, 38 mile walk from Cromer to Hopton-on-Sea; a four day, 46-miler from Hunstanton to Cromer; or the full 84 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to the Suffolk border, taking six days. The glamping accommodation is set up each day on established camp sites situated right on the Norfolk Coast Path, with luggage being transferred to the next destination each day. The tent accommodation includes comfy chairs and padded camp beds with duvets, cooking facilities and a hamper of local Norfolk produce each day for breakfast. Dogs are welcome.
Artist walks his way
‘On my way’ is a new book by John Hurst, describing 25 of the artist’s favourite Norfolk coastal walks during different seasons, ranging from one to six miles in length and extending from Holme-next-the-Sea in the west to Winterton in the east. Each walk is illustrated in luminous watercolour, described from personal experience, and shown by hand drawn maps. With an introduction by Sir Ian Botham, a percentage of the books profits are pledged to his Leukaemia Foundation.