Discover Norfolk On Our Walking Trails

Discover Norfolk and its hidden gems on our range of walking trails where you can immerse yourself in the heritage, culture and landscape of this wonderful county in East Anglia.

Why come and walk in Norfolk?

Well, Norfolk isn’t just relatively flat, it’s full of:

  • sleepy flintstone villages, Georgian villages and vibrant Victorian seaside towns
  • fascinating historical heritage in the form of impressive ruins
  • drainage mills, working windmills and lighthouses
  • grand stately homes
  • extremely diverse landscape
  • wildlife to rival any in the UK
Map of Norfolk Walking Holiday trails

This is your chance to explore Norfolk on foot and enjoy some of the culture and heritage that make this county so special.

Discover Norfolk’s Heritage And Culture

Towns and villages in Norfolk

Jetty Street in CromerCromer

Taking a walking holiday along any of our trails you’ll discover parts of Norfolk you wouldn't otherwise see. 

You'll walk through some lovely quiet and very typical Norfolk flintstone villages and some very pretty Georgian villages and towns, as well as some more vibrant and busy Victorian seaside towns and working fishing ports.

NORFOLK COAST PATH 

PEDDARS WAY

Priory And Castle Ruins

Thetford Priory ruins

Norfolk has an extremely rich heritage when it comes to castle and priory ruins.

There are a number of fascinating historical ruins that you’ll come across when you walk the Peddars Way which is an old Roman Road dating back to AD64 and forms part of the National Trail of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.

Thetford Priory is one of the first ruins you could visit when you arrive at the start of your Peddars Way walk in Thetford. If you have the time, it’s definitely worth taking an hour or two to walk to the Priory and wander around the peaceful ruins. It was one of the largest religious foundations in East Anglia

Castle Acre Priory ruins is also pretty impressive and can be viewed in Castle Acre. As you approach the village, you’ll see in the distance the flintstone ruins of this priory, and again, if you had time, you could either pay to visit inside or just wander around the outside.

And whilst in Castle Acre, discover a bit more of Norfolk you didn't know existed - you could nip around the corner to visit the Castle, another motte and bailey ruin. The Bailey Gate is also another highlight as you walk up the narrow village street into the middle of the village.

Drainage Mills And Lighthouses

Thurne Drainage Mill

The sight of the drainage mills really sum up the Norfolk Broads and it’s what everyone pictures when you think of the Broads landscape. At one point along the Weaver’s Way, you’ll see 7 all around you! This one above is Thurne Windmill and is one of the more unusual ones.

Some of these are derelict and some have been restored, usually with lottery funded money. Most of the drainage mills you’ll see on our Broads walks are on the Weaver’s Way, but you will also pass some pretty impressive ones along the Norfolk Coast Path as well.

One of the other iconic sights in Norfolk is Happisburgh Lighthouse, the striking red and white tower that stands out for miles around, looming on the horizon. 

Norfolk’s Churches

One of the 124 round tower churches in Norfolk

Norfolk has some really beautiful churches, and many can be found along the walking packages that we have on offer.


There are 124 round tower churches in Norfolk, some of which you can see, and it’s always worth taking some time to go inside as they really are so peaceful and also incredibly small and unassuming. It’s almost like looking at the world where time stood still.

Wildlife On Our Walking Packages

Brent geese at Burnham Deepdale MarshesBrent geese coming in to land!

I find that if you like walking, generally you love wildlife.

And walking in Norfolk gives you the opportunity to discover some of the very best birdwatching in the UK.

You’ll also be walking amongst many:

  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 
  • Nature Reserves, 
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • reed beds
  • broads
  • saltmarshes and creeks
  • as well as the hedgerows along the more rural walks which often throw up some interesting bird life. 

There will be an abundance of wildlife on show.

The fantastic noise of the oyster catches and curlews is one of the many memories you’ll take away with you from these holidays, and hopefully the honking of the Brent geese flying over you if you’re particularly lucky!

To get an idea of which some of the nature reserves, saltmarshes, reed beds and creeks that you may be walking along, check out this page here on Norfolk’s nature reserves.

Norfolk's Stately homes

Holkham Hall

I think Norfolk has the highest number of stately homes open to the public in any county of the UK, and here’s your chance to come and admire their history and architecture on some of our varied walking packages that include visiting these historical houses.

You can have the opportunity to see the following:

  • where the royalty reside for Christmas at Sandringham House
  • visit the Tudor Manor House of Oxburgh Hall
  • enjoy the parklands, grounds and impressive interiors of Felbrigg Hall
  • marvel at the splendour and opulence of Blickling Hall
  • or spend the day enjoying the estate of Holkham Hall

 All of these can be found on varying walks that we can organise for you.

To see details on some of these houses, click here to find out more about Norfolk's Stately Homes here.

I think you’ll agree that Norfolk has so much to offer in the way of fascinating heritage, culture and landscape, why not treat yourself to a walk with a difference! 

Why not discover Norfolk's gems on some of our walks?

You can see all our available walks here.

The office will be closed from 1ST FEBRUARY - 22ND FEBRUARY. If you would like to contact me about a walking holiday, please could you do so either before the 1st February or after 22nd February. I will be pleased to help.

If you happen to send an email during this time and before seeing this notice, I will respond on my return.

It may be too late and you may have booked elsewhere in the meantime (!), but if you are happy to wait, I will definitely come back to you after 22nd February.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Suzy Watson
+44 (0)7765 668188
suzy@norfolkwalkingholidays.com