Walking in Norfolk

40 circular walks in the Broads, Brecks, Fens and along the coast

By Laurence Mitchell

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.



all 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


Norwich, King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Cromer


all 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
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surprisingly 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
3 Mar 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • Overview

    This book describes 40 easy-to-moderate circular day walks, grouped by area: Northeast coast and the Broads; South Norfolk, the Yare and the Waveney; North Norfolk and coast; Central Norfolk and Breckland and West Norfolk and Fens. Each walk 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.

  • Contents

    A brief history
    National Parks and AONBs
    Getting there and back
    When to go
    What to take
    Food and drink
    Waymarks and access
    Using this guide
    Longer walks in Norfolk
    1 Northeast coast and the Broads
    Walk 1 Winterton-on-Sea
    Walk 2 Potter Heigham and Hickling Broad
    Walk 3 North Walsham
    Walk 4 Happisburgh
    Walk 5 Horstead and River Bure
    2 South Norfolk, the Yare and Waveney
    Walk 6 River Chet and Hardley Marshes
    Walk 7 Outney Common and Earsham
    Walk 8 Rockland St Mary and Claxton
    Walk 9 Surlingham
    Walk 10 Burgh St Peter and ‘The Triangle’
    Walk 11 Burgh Castle
    Walk 12 Shotesham
    Walk 13 Fritton Common
    Walk 14 Harleston and Redenhall
    Walk 15 Cringleford and River Yare
    Walk 16 New and Old Buckenham
    3 North Norfolk and coast
    Walk 17 Sheringham and Beeston Regis
    Walk 18 Bodham and Baconsthorpe
    Walk 19 Itteringham
    Walk 20 Aylsham and Blickling
    Walk 21 Old Hunstanton, Thornham and Holme-next-the-Sea
    Walk 22 Snettisham
    Walk 23 Salthouse and Cley-next-the-Sea
    Walk 24 Blakeney and Wiveton Downs
    Walk 25 Little Walsingham, Houghton St Giles and Great Snoring
    Walk 26 Brancaster Staithe and Barrow Common
    4 Central Norfolk and Breckland
    Walk 27 Thompson Common and Pingo Trail
    Walk 28 Swannington and Upgate Common
    Walk 29 Hockering
    Walk 30 Shipdham
    Walk 31 Santon Warren and Thetford Forest
    5 West Norfolk and Fens
    Walk 32 Harpley and Peddars Way
    Walk 33 Tittleshall and Godwick
    Walk 34 Helhoughton and West Raynham
    Walk 35 Castle Acre
    Walk 36 Roydon and Roydon Common
    Walk 37 Narborough and Nar Valley
    Walk 38 Beachamwell
    Walk 39 Hilgay Fen
    Walk 40 The Wiggenhalls

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts
    Appendix C Further reading
    Appendix D Long-distance walks in Norfolk

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Laurence Mitchell

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 British Guild of Travel Writers and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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