Top 10 Autumn Walks in Norfolk
Written by Nicole Ranaweera
With stunning scenery and landscapes all year round we’re simply spoilt for choice for places to explore in Norfolk. This autumn I’ve picked my favourite places to walk, so wrap up and get ready for some inspiration for the perfect autumn stroll…
- Horsey Gap
It would be easy to fill this Top 10 with beaches but I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to mention Horsey Gap. Not only is it a beautiful walk, but a couple of times a year there is the chance to get up close and personal to the seals and their pups. There is about a half a mile walk from the car park to the viewing areas.
- Sheringham Park
Walk in beautiful surroundings with some fantastic views this autumn. The routes are well marked and you can choose your distance depending on time and energy! There are wide gravelled paths and some more off-road in parts, but all well maintained. Dogs can be kept on leads.
- Salhouse Broad
A great walk for all – including children and dogs! From the car park you will need to walk for 5-10 minutes through the woodland to get to the shore of the Broad. Bear in mind it can get muddy in wet weather. Free parking.
- Marriott’s Way
Marriott’s Way runs between Norwich and Aylsham with several access points along the route. It follows the disused railways lines through some beautiful country side with a variety of wildlife. A lovely path to walk or cycle down.
- Strumpshaw Fen
As an RSPB reserve there is a small cost to enter unless you are a member. It’s a beautiful setting where you’ll encounter lots of wildlife. It can get very muddy, and it definitely falls into longer the walks category as you can easily spend the day there.
- Whitlingham Country Park
Close to Norwich City Centre, Whitlingham offers a lovely walk around a beautiful lake. Paths are well kept and are a mixture of board walks and paths, but wellies are a must in wet weather! If you want to venture slightly away from the lake you can make you way across to a wooded area with more challenging routes. Entry is free but there is a charge for parking.
- Wells to Holkham
Starting at Wells-next-the-Sea, enjoy an autumnal coastal walk. If you carry on past the iconic beach huts, eventually you will reach the sands of Holkham. Stop off in Holkham for a visit to the beautiful Holkham Estate or simply return along the Norfolk Coast Path and through the pine forest back to Wells.
- City Riverside Walk
This lovely walk along the river around Norwich starts by Pull’s Ferry and continues right through to the Cathedral Gardens. A flat walk through Norwich with proper paths, it’s perfect for all the family and is great for a short walk to explore the city away from the shops.
- Cley Marshes
Enjoy a three-mile circular walk around Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Reserve. Beautiful whatever the time of year they are a haven for wildlife. If you want to extend your walk, join onto the Norfolk Coast Path and head into the village to see Cley Windmill.
- Castle Acre
You can choose a variety of routes along Peddars Way, but if you start near the impressive Norman Castle in Castle Acre, you’ll cross a ford, see the ruins of the Cluniac Priory and walk through some wonderful woodland alongside the River Nar.
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