GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Norfolk Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Angles Way77 miles (124 km)This splendid walk through the Norfolk Broads was voted the best waterside walk in Britain by in 2003. The walk is often completed in the following stages:
1. Great Yarmouth to Fritton Lake Country Park - on this section you will follow the River Yare, Breydon Water and the River Waveney passing Burgh Castle as you go. The section finishes at the delightful Fritton Lake Country World
2. Fritton Lake to Oulton Broad - you continue along the Waveney towards Lowestoft and the pretty Oulton Broad
3. Oulton Broad to Beccles - an exclusivley waterside section along the Waveney (video below)
4. Beccles to Bungay - a countryside section via Shipmeadow
5. Bungay to Harleston - through the countryside via Homersfield with views of the River Waveney
6. Harleston to Diss - continuing along the Waveney via Hoxne and the Billingford Windmill.
7. Diss to Knettishall Heath - the final section which passes the source of the River Waveney, Redgrave and Lopham Fen.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow and green disc featuring an otter.
Bacton Woods3 miles (5.5 km)Bacton Woods, near North Walsham, has several delightful walking and cycle paths running through the forest. This short circular route starts at Bacton car park and follows various paths through the wood, which has 30 species of tree, including Scots and Corsian Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch.
The Paston Way and Weaver Way both run through the area, so you could pick up these long distance trails to extend your walk.
The North Walsham and Dilham canal also runs past the western edge of the woods. There's a nice footpath along the towpath to try.
Barton Broad Boardwalk1 miles (1 km)This walk takes you to the lovely Barton Broad Boardwalk where you can follow the accessible path through swampy woodland and enjoy wonderful views across Barton Broad.
The walk starts at the car park on Long Road (shown on the streetview link) and then follows Irstead road to the boardwalk. It's a nice easy stroll through the countryside on a good country lane. You'll see the boardwalk on your left after about 10-15 minutes. You then follow the boardwalk through dense woodland with various interesting species of plants. Look out for a variety of wildlife including common terns, otters, kingfishers and herons.
Blakeney Point Nature Reserve4 miles (6.5 km)This beautiful National Nature Reserve on the Norfolk coast is a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit with sand dunes, salt marshes, tidal mudflats and farmland. There is a mixed colony of around 500 seals which can be seen on the beach or from boat trips departing from Morston Quay to Blakeney Point.
The visitor centre at Morston Quay is a good place to start your outing. It has a wealth of information about the area and you can catch a boat from the pretty quay to the nature reserve at Blakeney Point. Then you can walk through the reserve where you will find a variety of rare flora and fauna. Look out for interesting plantlife including Sea Lavenders, Yellow-Horned Poppy and the white petals of Sea Campion. There is also an abundance of wildlife with migrant terns, the resident seals, wintering wildfowl and the occasional otter. The walk below takes you along the soft shingle beach and then on to the lifeboat house.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path runs past the reserve so you have the option of following this trail to some other lovely locations in the area. On the trail to the west is the Stiffkey Salt Marsh where you will find a vast open expanse of salt marshes which attracts large numbers of birdlife including waders and wintering wildfowl. If you head east along the trail you will pass Blakeney with its pretty key and then on to the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. This 430 acre reserve contains reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows.
Blickling Hall3 miles (5 km)The Blickling Hall estate in Aylsham has five thousand acres of parkland, farmland and woodland to explore on foot or by bike. There are three way-marked walks to follow and a lovely family cycle route around the 1 mile long lake. Bike hire is available on site.
You can also take a stroll around the beautiful 55 acre garden. It contains a Parterre, Secret Garden, Orangery and an 18th century Temple.
The Weavers' Way walking route runs through the estate so you could continue your walk along this footpath.
Boudicca Way36 miles (58 km)Follow the Boudicca Way from Norwich to Diss on this walk through the beautiful, unspoilt South Norfolk landscape.
The walk passes through a series of pretty villages including Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market. There are also views of the rivers Yare and Tas to enjoy and a visit to the Venta Icenorum Roman town at Caistor St Edmund. The town was the capital of the Iceni tribe, who inhabited the flatlands and marshes of Norfolk and who revolted against Roman rule under their queen Boudicca (or Boadicea) in the winter of 61 CE.
The walk is easily accessible, starting and finishing at mainline railway stations.
Breydon Water14 miles (22.5 km)Visit the UK's largest protectedwetland on this wonderful waterside walk in Great Yarmouth. The expansive estuary is also a nature reserve with a huge number of wading birds to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for golden plovers, wigeons, lapwingsand tens of thousands ofBewick's swans.There is also a bird observation hide at the east end of the water.
You can explore the area from Great Yarmouth by following the Weavers' Way west towards Berney Marshes. There's some beautiful Norfolk Broads scenery with mills, marshland and views of the River Yare and River Waveney.
If you follow the Angles Way along the southern side of the water you can visit the fine Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.
Brierley Forest Park2 miles (4 km)This circular walk takes you around the pretty Brierley Forest Park near Mansfield. At the park you will find Wildflower meadows, a sculpture trail and a visitor centre. Look out for foxes, owls, meadow pipits and lapwings as you make your way through the park.
Bure Valley Path9 miles (14 km)This walk and cycle track runs along Bure Valley Railway, and the River Bure from Aylsham to Wroxford. The route passes Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall with each having a station if you wish to rest your legs and take a trip on the railway.
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Burgh Castle1 miles (2 km)Explore the Roman Fort and enjoy a stroll along theRiver Waveney on this short walk in Norfolk. The fort dates from the 3rd century and still has some of its thick walls in tact. The area around the fort is also very beautiful with nice views across the Norfolk Broads to Breydon Water and the River Yare.
You can start the walk from the free car park on Butt Lane. Then pick up the good footpaths through the site to the river where you can enjoy a waterside stroll.
The Angles Way runs past the site along the River Waveney so you can pick up this long distance footpath to extend your walk. If you follow it north east it will take you along Breydon Water to Great Yarmouth. This stretch is great for wildlife watching with thousands of wading birds to look out for. At Great Yarmouth you can pick up the Weavers' Way and follow it along the other side of Breydon Water. It will take you to Berney Marshes where there are nice views back across the river to Burgh Castle.
If you head south along the Angles Way riverside path it will take you to Belton and then on to Fritton Lake Country Park where you will find nice cycling and walking trails around a large lake.
Castle Acre7 miles (12 km)This lovely circular walk takes you around the grounds of Castle Acre Priory, before heading along the River Nar to the nearby Castle Acre Common. You can then explore the wider countryside surrounding the village on various footpaths and bridleways.
The walk starts at the castle in the centre of this pretty Norfolk village. The remains of the motte-and-baileycastle are well worth exploring before you head off towards the priory. It dates from the 11th century and is in the care of English Heritage.
From the castle you head west through the village to the priory. The fascinating and atmospheric ruins date back to the late 11th century. There aresubstantial remains of many of the buildings round the cloister, a beautiful west end church gable and a herb garden.
After exploring the priory you continue west along the Nar Valley Way to West Acre where you can stop for refreshments. You can then follow other trails through the countryside to Bartholomew's Hills before returning to the village along the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.
If you would like to extend your walk then you can continue along the River Nar to Narford Lake and Narborough, a few miles west of West Acre.
Following the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path south will take you towards Swaffham. Head north and you will come to Great Massingham.
You can virtually explore the grounds of the priory on the google street view link below!
Cley Marshes Nature Reserve5 miles (8 km)This walk takes you around the stunning Cley Marshes on the Norfolk coast at Cley next the Sea. You start at the windmill at Cley next the Sea and head through the reserve to the coast, before following a walking trail and country lanes through the countryside and returning to the windmill.
Cley Marshes contains 430 acres of reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows. An abundance of rare birdlife can be seen at the site, including pied avocets on the islands, western marsh harriers, Eurasian bitterns and bearded reedlings. There are five bird hides and an excellent visitor centre with a cafe, shop, viewing areas (including viewing from a camera on the reserve) and an exhibition area.
Plantlife at the reserve includes biting stonecrop, sea campion, yellow horned poppy, sea thrift, bird's foot trefoil and sea beet. Wilidlife includes Water Voles, hares and otters.
If you would like to continue your walk the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path runs through the reserve so you could follow this trail west to Morston Quay and catch a boat to Blakeney Point Nature Reserve where can you go seal watching! A little further on is Stiffkey Salt Marsh where you will find a vast open expanse of salt marshes which attracts large numbers of birdlife including waders and wintering wildfowl.
Felbrigg Hall Park5 miles (8.5 km)Explore Fellbrigg's 520 acres of rolling landscape park, woods and waymarked trails on this circular walk in Norfolk.
Fen Rivers Way50 miles (80 km)This is a teriffic riverside walking route running from Cambridge to King's Lynn in Norfolk. The path runs alongside the River Cam and the River Great Ouse and passes a series of delightful riverside towns and villages including Ely, Littleport and Downham Market.
Highlights on the walk include Wicken Fen near Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, the cathedral at Ely and the 18th century sluice at Denver.
This is a fairly flat easy walk with beautiful Fenland scenery to enjoy.
Fritton Lake Country Park6 miles (9.5 km)This super country park is situated just a few miles from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. There are lovely cycling and walking paths around the large lake which is 2.5 miles long.
The Angles Way long distance path runs past the site so you could pick this up and head north to visit the impressive Roman Fort at Burgh Castle.
Hereward Way110 miles (177 km)Starting in Oakham, in Rutland, follow the Herward Way through Stamford, Peterborough, Ely, and the Breckland forests to Thetford, in Norfolk.
Highlights on the walk include
The walk is well waymarked with a yellow arrow featuring two swords.
Holkham National Nature Reserve16 miles (26 km)Explore 9,600acres of grazing marsh, woodland, salt marsh, sand dunes and foreshore in England's largest Nature Reserve. The walk begins at Burnham Overy Staithe, following Overy Creek to the beach at Holkham Bay. You continue east to Wells-Next-The-Sea, passing the pretty harbour on the way before reaching Stiffkey Salt Marsh where you will find a vast open expanse of salt marshes with large numbers of birdlife including waders and wintering wildfowl. You continue to Morston where you can catch a boat to Blakeney Point Nature Reserve with its colonies of seals. The final stretch takes you through Blakeney to Cley-Next-The-Sea and the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. This 430 acre reserve contains reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows.
Holkham Nature Reserve really is a special place with its wonderful mixture of habitats. You will pass through a maze of creeks and saltings, dunes and sandspits, woodland, green pastures and grazing marshes. There is also a huge variety of wildlife to see with pink-footed geese, white-fronted geese, brent geese, wigeon and waders regular visitors to the reserve.
To continue your wildlife watching in North Norfolk you could head to the splendid Pensthorpe Natural Park near Fakenham. It has several lakes and woodland trails with various wildfowl and red squirrels to look out for.
Holkham Park7 miles (12 km)Enjoy a super cycle or walk in this 3000 acre deer park near Wells-Next-The-Sea on the Norfolk coast. National Cycle Network Route 1 passes straight through the centre of the park taking you past the large lake, the Obelisk, the beautiful 18th century mansion and back through peaceful woodland. There are also a number of waymarked walking trails including a lakeside trail and a nature trail with 28 information boards explaining interesting facts about the flora and fauna in the Park. This includes a large herd of Fallow Deer, a smaller herd of Red Deer, Barn Owls and the evergreen oaks imported from Italy.
Holt Country Park6 miles (9 km)Explore nearly 100 acres of peaceful woodland in this country park in Norfolk. The park is situated around the River Glaven and contains several delightful trails through the woods including Scots Pine, Oak and Silver Birch. The park includes a Visitors Centre, a waymarked arts trail and a cycle route.
Icknield Way Path110 miles (177 km)The Icknield Way Path starts at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and heads to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk along prehistoric pathways. There's fantastic views as you climb through the hills of the Chilterns AONB. There's also a series of lovely nature reserves and country parks to enjoy on the way.
Ketts Country Walk17 miles (27 km)Follow Kett's Country Walk from Cringleford to Wymondham on this splendid walk through Norfolk. In 1549 Robert Kett led a movement which threatened the property owning classes. His journey from Wymondham to Norwich ended with the death of thousands of rebels in a pitched battle with 10,000 troops. This walk follows in his footsteps and visits a number of interesting villages with historic churches. While there is some lovely countryside scenery on the walk it is the fascinating historical aspects which are most appealing.
Lakenheath Fen2 miles (3.5 km)Follow the well laid out footpaths around this lovely nature reserve on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The reserve consists of a large area of wetland with reedbeds, grazingmarshes and riverside paths along the River Little Ouse. Lakenheath is a wonderful place for wildlife watching with reed warblers, bitterns and western marsh harriersreal highlights.
There's a car park at the site but you can also catch the train to Lakenheath station which is right next to the reserve.
The Hereward Way long distance footpath runs through the reserve so you can pick this up to extend your walk. The path heads west through New Fen, Joist Fen, Norfolk Fen before turning south to Stallode Wash.
If you head east you will come to Brandon Country Park and Thetford Forest where there are miles of fabulous woodland walking trails to try.
Little Ouse Path10 miles (16 km)Follow the Little Ouse River on this delightful, gentle walk through Thetford Forest. The walk starts in Thetford mainly following the river towpath through Santon Downham to Brandon. At Brandon you'll find the super Brandon Country Park. Here you will find beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre.
Lynford Arboretum1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short, peaceful stroll around this delightful Arboretum in the Thetford Forest area. There are three waymarked walking trails taking you to the arboretum's points of interest on well surfaced paths. This includes the Sequoia Avenue with its double rowed avenue of Sequoias planted in the 1800s to honour the Duke of Wellington. Other trees include Norway Spruce,Chinese Fir, Serbian Spruce and an ancient oak planted in 1671. There are also pretty man made lakes with ducks and geese in the southern area. The woodland is great for birdwatching too - look out for Nuthatch, Chaffinch and Pheasants.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Brandon Country Park with beautiful lakeside lawns, a delightful walled garden and an excellent visitor centre. Thetford Forest is also excellent for more peaceful woodland walking.
Marriot's Way22 miles (36 km)This wonderful cycle and walking path runs from Aylsham to Hellesdon along the trackbeds of two former railway lines. The route passes Cawston, Reepham,Lenwade, Taverham and Drayton taking you through the Wensum Valley with regular views of the River Wensum to enjoy.
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Nar Valley Way34 miles (54 km)Follow the River Nar from King's Lynn to Gressenhall on this delightful waterside walk through Norfolk.
The walk passes Shouldham, West Acre and Litcham following footpaths and country lanes close to or beside the River Nar.
Walk highlights include Pentney Abbey, West Acre Priory and Castle Acre castle and priory. The fascinating and atmospheric ruins date back to the late 11th century and are a major highlight on the walk.
Norwich Riverside Walk3 miles (5 km)This circular walk around the city centre of Norwich follows the lovely riverside path along the River Wensum. The walk starts near the forum in the centre of Norwich where parking is available. You could also start at the train station as the river is just a short distance away. There is a path on both sides of the river for most of the way with the option of taking a short detour to visit the impressive cathedral.
There's lots to see along the river with a series of bridges and historical buildings such as the New Mills Pumping House and the medieval watergate of Pulls Ferry. You'll also pass Cow Tower, a 14th century artillery tower with a fascinating history.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could continue along the river and visit the delightful Whitlingham Country Park where you will find the Whitlingham Broads.
Ouse Valley Way142 miles (229 km)Follow the River Great Ouse from the source at Brackley, Northamptonshire, to the mouth at The Wash at King's Lynn. You begin at Brackley and head to Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Olney, Bedford, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Ely, Downham Market before finishing at King's Lynn.
Highlights on the route include the magnificent Stowe Park with its 250 acres of stunning parks and gardens. You'll also visit the delightful Paxton Pits nature reserve near St Neots.
Paston Way18 miles (29 km)Follow the Paston Way and the Norfolk Coast from Cromer to North Walsham on this splendid walk.
You start at the seaside town of Cromer and head to Overstrand along the cliff top path. After a short inland stretch the route rejoins the coast at Mundesley, passing along the sea front towards Bacton. The final stretch takes you inland towards the finish point at North Walsham.
Highlights on the route include the wonderful coastal scenery and pretty seaside towns.
Pensthorpe1 miles (2 km)This 700 acre natural park in Fakenham has miles of nice walking trails to try. There's lots to see with a number of pretty lakes and ponds with waterside trails to enjoy. There's also large areas of woodland, beautiful gardens, water features, wildflower meadows, views of the River Wensum and lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for Grey-Crowned Cranes,Red Squirrels, Cormorantand Lapwing.
To continue your wildlife watching in North Norfolk you could head to the wonderful Holkham National Nature Reserve. Here you'll find 9,600acres of grazing marsh, woodland, salt marsh, sand dunes and foreshore in England's largest Nature Reserve.
To extend your walking in the Fakenham area you could head to Fakenham Common and pick up the riverside path along the Wensum into the town. There's also countryside trails south of the river which run into the village of Great Ryburgh.
Peter Scott Walk10 miles (16 km)Travel along the Wash on this lovely, easy walk through Norfolk.
The path starts by the River Nene near to Naturalist and painter Sir Peter Scott's lighthouse. You then follow the coastline of the Wash to the Lynn Channel on the River Great Ouse. The river then leads you to the finish point at King's Lynn Ferry.
Wildlife is abundant on this walk with numerous species of bird to look out for including oystercatchers, curlew, redshanks and marsh harriers.
Sandringham Country Park6 miles (10 km)This huge country park surrounds the Queen's splendid country retreat in Norfolk. There are two waymarked Nature Trails, one 1.5 miles long (2.4km) and the other 2.5 miles long (4km). There are also numerous woodland walking paths to explore while National Cycle Network route 1 runs right through the park, so you can bring your bike.
Sheringham Park5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a long cycle or walk through this large National Trust owned park and estate in Norfolk. The parkland surrounds the 19th century Sheringham Hall and includes miles of peaceful woodland trails, beautiful landscaped gardens full of rhododendrons and azaleas and fabulous views of the Norfolk coast. There is also an abundance of wildlife with 3 species of deer and a wide variety of birds and butterflies.
There are 4 lovely way-marked trails in the park. They are colour coded with orange, blue, red and white waymarkers. Cycling is permitted in the park but please do not cycle on the orange trail and keep to reasonable speeds.
Sheringham Park is located about 5 miles west ofCromerand about 6 miles east ofHolt. It is just a short walk from the coast where you could pick up the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which runs through Sheringham.
St Edmund Way79 miles (127 km)A walk through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk from Manningtree to Brandon.
The walk begins in Essex at Manningtree rail station and heads through Dedham, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Thetford before finishing at Brandon.
You begin with a pleasant waterside stretch from Manningtree to Sudbury along the River Stour, passing Dedham on the way. Also of note is The 16th century Willy Lott's Cottage - scene of the famous Hay Wain painting by John Constable.The path continues to Bury St Edmunds passing the National Trust owned Melford Hall stately home, Kentwell Hall and the village of Lavenham as you go.
The next stage runs from Bury St Edmunds to Thetford, following the River Lark before a wooded section through King's Forest and West Stow Country Park. At Thetford you will pass the ruined priory and join the Little Ouse River, which you follow through Thetford Forest to the finish point at Brandon.
Tas Valley Way25 miles (40 km)This walk runs from Cringleford, near Norwich, to Attleborough, visiting a series of pretty villages with historic churches along the way. These include Intwood, Swardeston, Mulbarton, Hapton, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham. The walk also passes through some delightful Norfolk countryside which includes a long waterside section along the River Tas.
Also of note is the Forncett Steam Museum at the village of Forncett St Mary with its unique collection of steam engines including the one which powered London's Tower Bridge. At Forncett St Peters you will pass the Norfolk Tank Musuem which houses a collection of Cold War British military vehicles, uniforms and artefacts.
Weavers' Way59 miles (95 km)Follow the Weavers' Way through the beautiful Norfolk Broads from Cromer to Great Yarmouth via North Walsham. The route meanders through the countryside passing Aylsham, North Walsham, Hickling and Acle before finishing at the popular coastal resort of Great Yarmouth. Highlights on the walk include:
  • Felbrigg Hall Park - This National Trust owned country house boasts a landscape park with a lake and 520 acres of woods.
  • Blickling Hall - this National Trust owned estate is a treasure trove of romantic buildings, beautiful gardens and landscaped park.
  • Hickling Broad - This National Nature Reserve is situated in the upper stretches of the River Thurne, and is the largest expanse of open water in the Broads.
  • Rivers Thurne and Bure - Enjoy a long waterside stretch along these two rivers just after passing Hickling Broad
  • Breydon Water - The final section runs along the River Yare and the delightful Breydon Water into Great Yarmouth. It is a nature reserve run by the RSPB and includes the fine Roman fort at Burgh Castle.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
Wherryman's Way35 miles (57 km)This walk follows the River Yare between Norwich and Great Yarmouth through the Norfolk Broads.
You will pass through a number of delightful riverside villages including Cantley, Reedham and Burney Arms. The walk is decorated with unique waymarkers along the route, which include figures, sculpture, information panels and audio points.
Whitlingham Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a peaceful cycle or walk around the lovely Whitlingham Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich. The park is situated on the River Yare and has a number of lakes, so is perfect for a relaxing waterside ride or walk.
The park also contains the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre where you can try a number of activities including windsurfing, sailing, archery, kayaking.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you try the lovely Norwich Riverside Walk along the River Wensum.

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