Quiet walks

Discover the area in peace and under your own steam with a selection of lesser visited but interesting walks

Kings Lynn – Weird Norfolk: take a walk
on the weird side

This short town walk will guide you to what might be one of Norfolk’s most haunted buildings, an exorcist’s house, the place where a witch’s heart bounced to the river and far more … on a walk that highlights King’s Lynn’s weirder side. 

Route map pdf available, and more information at norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-circular-walks/kings-lynn-weird-walk

Ken Hill
Snettisham Walk
(2.25 miles)

The Ken Hill Circular Walk based on an original ‘Explore More’ AONB walk takes a route around Lodge Hill Plantation on the Ken Hill Estate, passing the site of a medieval tower. Now surrounded by trees, the tower would once have commanded extensive views over the Wash. 

For a map and further information see explorewestnorfolk.co.uk/trails/ken-hill-snettisham-walk-39/

Holme to Ringstead along the Peddars Way National Trail (3 or 6 miles) 

If it is solitude and quiet that you are looking for, the Peddars Way gives you that in spades on this quiet National Trail! Generally, people walk from south to north heading to the sea, however there is nothing normal or general about these times, so why not start at Holme and walk the pleasant 3 miles to Ringstead. Always worth a look behind you for great panoramic views of the area. Ringstead is a picturesque west Norfolk village, with carstone clad houses, a great pub and thriving village shop and a bus stop! Either get the bus or walk back to Holme/Hunstanton or if you’ve got the Peddars Way bug, carry on the extra 3 miles to the next village of Sedgeford!

For further info on the Peddars Way see nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway

The Burnhams (4.5 miles)

Visit three of the seven historic Burnhams by the sea through this public transport accessible circular walk. Follow the story of Captain Woodget, captain of the Cutty Sark as you walk.

For a map and info on his story www.norfolk.gov.uk/theburnhamswalk

Cockthorpe circular walks (5.5 miles)

Viewing points of the chalk River Stiffkey and the possibility of seeing orchids on the rare chalk down land of Cockthorpe Common are absolute highlights of this circular walk, topped by phenomenal views over the coast.

Download a route map norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-circular-walks/norfolk-coast-path

This walk is also the basis for the linear Binham to Stiffkey walk developed through the Coast Alive projects.Try the linear variation which starts at Binham.

norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/partnership/binham-to-stiffkey/628

Holt to Sheringham (8 miles)

This is a linear walk from Holt to Sheringham via Kelling Heath and then along the coast path. This really does explore lesser known parts of the AONB, passing through the large expanse of important heathland habitat on the Cromer Ridge.  Expect the walk to take a minimum of 5 hrs. If returning to Holt, why not take the North Norfolk Railway back? 

For more information and a downloadable map norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/partnership/holt-to-sheringham/631

Mundesley circular walk (6 miles)

This circular walk takes in farmland, quiet lanes and medieval churches linking the villages of Trunch and Gimingham, giving opportunity for refreshments along the way.

For more information and a downloadable map nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path/route/mundesley-circular-walk

Based on the Explore More AONB walk, for further walks like this visit norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk and search Explore More walks. 

Cromer to Felbrigg
circular walk
(6.5 miles)

This ‘Bittern Line’ designed walk takes you from the busy town of Cromer to the grand Felbrigg National Trust hall passing on route by Cromer Hall, with its claim to fame of being the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was given the inspiration to write Hound of the Baskervilles. 

For further instruction on the route and a useful map visit norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-circular-walks/railway-rambles/bittern-line-walks choose Walk 8) Cromer.

Mundesley circular walk (6 miles)

This circular walk takes in farmland, quiet lanes and medieval churches linking the villages of Trunch and Gimingham, giving opportunity for refreshments along the way.

For more information and a downloadable map nationaltrail.co.uk/peddars-way-and-norfolk-coast-path/route/mundesley-circular-walk

Based on the Explore More AONB walk, for further walks like this visit norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk and search Explore More walks. 

Bacton circular walk (4.5 miles) 

Although just outside of the AONB this is an interesting walk across farmland and along country lanes which links St Andrews church with the historic round towered church of St Margaret at Witton. 

For further information and a downloadable map, visit norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-circular-walks/norfolk-coast-path 

For an accessible, shorter walk in the Bacton area please see here: www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/partnership/bacton-woods/1178

Horsey beach and village circular walk (3.6 miles)

This walk which is in both the Norfolk Coast AONB and the Broads National Park takes in both the coastline and iconic broadland, and an opportunity to visit the recently renovated Horsey Windpump. 

nationaltrust.org.uk/horsey-windpump/trails/horsey-beach-and-village-circular-walk

For more ideas of where to walk and what to see in the AONB and for more varied walk distances visit: 

norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/enjoying – for walks and cycle rides in the AONB including accessible walks and the Norfolk Coast Cycleway. 

norfolktrails.co.uk – for short and long walks and rides in the AONB and across Norfolk

www.norfolk.gov.uk/coastaltreasures – for 16 heritage walks and rides in north west Norfolk 

explorewestnorfolk.co.uk – website and app for walks and rides in west Norfolk 

nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway&norfolk coastpath – for info. on the route and walks 

walkcromer.co.uk – Cromer is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ accredited town, their website is full of walks of differing lengths.

www.deephistorycoast.co.uk – the Deep History Coast Trail follows the Norfolk Coast Path and is packed full of information about the area hundreds of thousands of years ago, app available also.

nationaltrust.org.uk – includes several walks in the Norfolk Coast AONB

Help to make these walks better for everyone: 
If you encounter any issues with the paths whilst out and about
on rights of way in Norfolk, please report them online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/highwaysproblem. Ideally do so whilst you’re out so that you can pinpoint the precise position of the problem and take photos thus enabling officers to have a clear idea of what is needed to resolve the issue.