Secret Norfolk: Life in a Fine County
Is there anything nicer than a brisk walk on Boxing Day with family or friends to walk off a bit of that Christmas indulgence? Whether you’re local or just visiting, here are the 5 of the best walks in Norfolk…
- A Seaside Stroll
A trip to the coast is a winner with all the family, old or young and where better to go than Brancaster beach, an area of outstanding beauty. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach, follow the Norfolk Coast path towards Brancaster Staithe harbour. A little way along the coastal path, a path heads inland to the White Horse pub (www.whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk) and is perfect for that post-walk warm up!
- Historic Haunts
Whilst the National Trust House won’t be open on Boxing Day, the gardens, and 950 acres of woods and parkland of the Blickling Estate are accessible all year round. Stroll around the lake or explore the woods – it’s a beautiful area and with the historic Buckinghamshire Arms (www.bucksarms.co.uk) right next door, you have a welcome rest stop that sports a wonderful open fire.
- Easy Going
If you want to stay close to town then the pretty broad at Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse may be the perfect circular walk for you. It’s a flat, easy going walk surrounded by a plethora of wildlife and stunning scenery. Once you’re ready, head into the village to either the River Green Café (www.rivergreencafe.co.uk) which is a very popular vegetarian restaurant or The Crown Point Tavern (www.crownpointtavern.co.uk) for a traditional country pub.
- Get Arty
Located in a 1,000 acre deer park is The Gunton Arms (www.theguntonarms.co.uk), a remarkable pub with a passion for art! There’s a public footpath that runs parallel to the deer park so you can stretch your legs before heading indoors to warm up to see if you can catch a glimpse of a cheeky Damien Hurst! It’s a popular pub so be sure to book well in advance.
- See the Seals
Probably the most popular walk on Boxing Day in Norfolk is a trip to Horsey to see the seals and their newborn pups. Check http://friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk for up to date information about the seals and visiting information. Nearby you’ll find The Nelson Head (http://thenelsonhead.com) for a warm welcome and bite to eat.