Walking in Norfolk
40 circular walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and along the coast
Guidebook to 40 easy to moderate walks in the English county of Norfolk. Circular routes of 4 to 12 miles show off the area's surprisingly varied landscape: the Broads, Brecks and Fens and coastal dunes, salt marsh and tidal creeks. Also includes information on Norfolk's rich history and unique plants and wildlife.
Seasonsall routes can be walked year-round; each season has its charms: summer for wild flowers; spring and autumn for migrating birds; the austere landscape of winter, especially on the coast
CentresNorwich, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Cromer
Difficultyall routes are easy to moderate and can be done by anyone of reasonable fitness; no specialist equipment or skills necessary; Norfolk may not be quite as flat as it is sometimes claimed but with the highest land just 100m above sea level walking is largely on the level
Must Seesurprisingly varied landscapes: a spectacular coastline of sand dunes, saltmarsh and tidal creeks; the unique inland waterworld of the Norfolk Broads; the dry Breckland region and the big-sky country of the Fens
This guidebook describes 40 circular walks in Norfolk, including walks along the coast and walks exploring the Fens and the Broads. From 4 to 12 miles, these mostly flat walks use footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes, and some involve parts of long-distance paths, including the Peddars Way, Norfolk Coast Path, Boudica's Way and Weavers Way.
The walks are divided into five sections: walks on the northeast coast and the Broads; walks in south Norfolk, the Yare and Waveney; walks in North Norfolk and the Coast; walks in Central Norfolk and Breckland; and walks in West Norfolk and the Fens. All routes are easy to moderate and can be done by anyone of reasonable fitness and enjoyed all year round. Each route is described step-by-step, illustrated with 1:40K OS map extracts and packed with historical, geological and other information about the landscape the route passes through.
The Fenland region of Norfolk's far west is flat and low-lying, as are the marshes and waterways of the Broads in the east, but between these two extremes there is a great deal of topography going on. The county is far more varied than most outsiders imagine, with several distinct and unique landscapes. As well as Broads and the Fens, it has the sandy Brecks, rolling farmland, ancient woodland, meandering rivers and the gorgeous North Norfolk coast with its beaches, shingle banks, salt marshes and tidal mud flats.
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Originally from the West Midlands, Laurence Mitchell has been based in East Anglia for longer than he cares to remember. He worked as a geography teacher for many years before finally reinventing himself as a freelance travel writer and photographer. Laurence is especially interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations like the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus region and has written guidebooks to Serbia, Belgrade and Kyrgyzstan as well as his own backyard of Norfolk and Suffolk, which he enjoys just as much as anywhere else. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View author profile
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