Norfolk Coast Path Self-Guided Walking Holidays

The Norfolk Coast Path is undeniably beautiful, and fairly flat, and this is what makes it such a fantastic trail for a self-guided walking holiday.  

Creeks full of wading birds, water meadows grazed by cows, swathes of golden sand on the beaches, wilderness sand dunes, pretty flint stone villages and so much more, but I wouldn’t want to give it all away! 

You can read a little more about what you might expect to see on this trail here.

Norfolk Coast Path

There is so much to see, and all taken at the slow Norfolk pace of life.  As they say in Norfolk “Slow Ye Down”!

Here at Norfolk Walking Holidays I specialise in organising holidays along trails that are only in Norfolk, and the Norfolk Coast Path is one such path.

What are the Norfolk Coast Path Distances

Since 2016 the distance of the Norfolk Coast Path has been 84 miles long and it follows the Norfolk coast all the way from Hunstanton on the west coast to Hopton-on-Sea on the east coast. 

From 2014-2016 the Norfolk Coast Path has had two extensions to make it part of the England Coast Path which should eventually run all the way round the English coast.  Norfolk was actually one of the first counties to be a part of this extension.

Norfolk Coast Path mapThe Norfolk Coast Path Map

However, don’t be alarmed if you feel you don’t have the capacity to walk the whole 84 miles.  We have another option (which you can see below) to walk from Hunstanton to Cromer which is 45 miles.  

CONTACT DETAILS:

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

If you’d like to see what I thought about walking the Norfolk Coast Path, you can read my Norfolk Coast Path blog here which is over on the sister site of Explore Norfolk UK.

I have, of course, walked it many times since and every time I’m just bowled over by the sense of openness you get when walking alongside this wonderful coastline.

Below you can see the walking options that either stop at Cromer or Hopton.

Norfolk Coast Path to Cromer Options

  • The Norfolk Coast Path starts at Hunstanton and, as at 2016, now finishes at Hopton on Sea, right around the east coast of Norfolk. However, these particular trail options end at Cromer, the original finish to the Norfolk Coast Path.

    Distance: 45 miles/72 km from Hunstanton to Cromer
    Graded: easy to moderate
    Taken from: any time of year, but the best time is between April and October

    This beautiful Norfolk Coast Path trail will leave you with everlasting memories of a coastline that you won’t see anywhere else in the UK. This Norfolk coastline is unique. It’s where huge skies meet vast open landscapes ranging from salt marshes and beaches to cliffs, and at the same time has an abundance of wildlife

    Prices:
    NCP 4 nights/3 days walking – from £425 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCP 5 nights/4 days walking – from £530 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCP 6 nights/5 days walking** – from £610 per person (based on 2 sharing)

    **Due to accommodation availability, this walk requires a two night stay in one of the coastal towns and catching the easy Coasthopper bus.

  • Prices for these Norfolk Coast Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCP1
    Trail length: 45 miles/72 km
    Trail duration:4 nights/3 days walking,
    Average distance: 15 miles/24 km per day
    Prices from: £425 per person (based on 2 people sharing)
    3 day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Hunstanton.

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe (15 miles/24 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds and the wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You will either stay in Burnham Overy Staithe or catch the bus to Wells-next-the-Sea depending on the type of accommodation you prefer.

    Day 2
    Walk from Burnham Overy Staithe to Blakeney (15 miles/24 km)

    Today you head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach where the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests, Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port and more salt marshes await this stretch as you eventually arrive at Blakeney Quay.

    Day 3
    Walk from Blakeney to Cromer (15 miles/24 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to a Beeston Bump which housed a WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Book Your 3 Day Walk Here

  • Prices for these Norfolk Coastal Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCP2
    Trail length: 45 miles/72 km
    Trail duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
    Average distance: 11.25 miles/18 km
    Prices from: £530 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

    4 day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Hunstanton.

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 2
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!


    Day 3
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 4
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24.1 km (or 13 miles/21 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which housed a WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks, but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Book Your 4 Day Walk Here

  • Our prices for the Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCP3
    Trail length: 45 miles/72 km
    Trail duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
    Average distance: 9 miles/14.5 km per day
    Prices from: £610 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

    This walk requires a two night stay in one of the coastal towns and catching the Coasthopper bus (easy to use and regular).

    5 day suggested walking itinerary

    Don’t forget that the itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Hunstanton.

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 2
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 3
    Walk from Wells to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney.

    Day 4
    Walk from Blakeney to Weybourne (7.5 miles/12 km)

    The landscape changes today. A stretch of sea wall brings you into the pretty flintstone village of Cley. Then a 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature until you reach the cliffs at Weybourne. Here you head inland to catch the bus to Cromer or Blakeney (depending on what we have organised together).

    Day 5
    Walk from Weybourne to Cromer (7.5 miles/12 km)

    Starting out today on the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which housed a WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer

    Book Your 5 Day Walk Here

  • I really want you to have the best walking experience you can have, and for me that means it’s important to find decent accommodation. Fortunately, most of the accommodation on the Norfolk Coast Path is excellent, but there are still some that I cross of the list if I just don’t like the atmosphere or the ambience of the room or the pub/hotel.

    Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are different. I like to listen and to make sure that you are happy with what I am offering. In the process of booking, I will often send you links of the accommodation for peace of mind. I respect the fact that you are on holiday and you want the best for you.

    I have visited all of the places where you would be staying and met with the owners or managers so I know exactly what they are like. They are all extremely friendly and hospitable! Nothing is too much trouble and most of them go out of their way to give you a great stay.

    Most of the accommodation is on the path, but there are possibly a few where you will need to take a short detour. I can arrange for B&B accommodation or pubs or hotels. In some villages accommodation is scarce so you have to use a pub.

    You may also have to take the excellent coasthopper bus where accommodation is not available, such as in the village of Cley. This is all explained at the time of booking.

    It’s very helpful, when booking, to let me know if you prefer pubs to B&B’s. Most of the time it is a mixture of the two, but I can arrange for the accommodation to be pubs only should you require.

  • Included:
    Bed and breakfast accommodation in either a B&B or a pub, dependent on availability and your personal preferences.
    Luggage transfer from place to place
    Your holiday pack which includes a very detailed itinerary including places of interest, lunch stops and details of the accommodation providers, how to reach them etc, an excellent guidebook, and the A to Z OS booklet which maps out the path.
    Emergency contact details for me in the event of a problem.

    Excluded:
    Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
    Travel Insurance – please make sure you have travel insurance to cover this holiday.
    Transport for any rest days. We will be happy to book you taxis should you require.
    Travel to/from Hunstanton and to/from Cromer.
    Rest days -any costs for rest days or extra activities undertaken.

    Extras:
    Any additional nights used other than on this itinerary (such as rest days, any additional days at the beginning or end of the walk for your own personal holiday not covered by the itinerary).
    Rest days - suggest you add on approximately £60 per person per night.
    Solo walker and single walker supplements - please add on approximately £40 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy, maps and guidebooks for one, and baggage transfers for one

  • All details about how to arrive at your B&B or pub will be in the information pack that is sent out to you prior to your walk, whether you are arriving by car or bus.

    Arrival:

    By Road:
    Hunstanton is located in West Norfolk, 30 minutes north of King’s Lynn on the main coastal road of the A149.
    Cromer is located on the North Norfolk Coast approximately 45 minutes north of Norwich on the A140/A149.

    Car parking:
    There is usually parking at your accommodation for the duration of your walk. However, there may be times when I need to ask a pub if you can park in their car park whilst walking.

    By Rail:
    To/from Hunstanton: The nearest train station to Hunstanton is King’s Lynn (Great Northern network and has direct lines into and out of London Kings Cross)
    To/from Cromer: Cromer railway station (Abellio Greater Anglia network). Trains run to and from Norwich. To reach London you would need to change at Norwich for onward travel.

    By Bus:
    The local bus service runs from King’s Lynn to Wells is serviced by Lynx No 36 (https://www.lynxbus.co.uk/bus-times-fares/) and then from Wells to Cromer on CH4 (https://www.sanderscoaches.com/copy-of-5-north-walsham---holt).
    Norfolk Green bus service No 10. And 11 also run from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton. (http://www.norfolkgreen.co.uk/services)

    By Air:
    The nearest airport is London Stansted Airport.

  • If you would like to take an extra day or two as a rest day, please just let me know when you book. We can chat about ideas. As I live in Norfolk, I have a good idea of what there is to see and whether it’s worth visiting! It’s also a great way to see a little extra other than the walking trail! Some choose to take a rest day in the middle of the walk, others at the end or beginning. I’m also happy to organise an onward journey to Norwich if required.



    Please just ask me and we can chat about it.


Norfolk Coast Path to Hopton-on-Sea Options

  • The Norfolk Coast Path starts at Hunstanton and, since 2016, now finishes at Hopton on Sea, right around the east coast of Norfolk. Don’t forget, we can chat about the distances you would like to walk and tailor the holiday to suit your requirements. You can even stop at Great Yarmouth rather than carrying on to Hopton if you wanted.

    Trail distance: 84 miles/135 km from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea
    Graded: easy to moderate
    Available: any time of year, but the best time is between April and October

    This beautiful Norfolk Coast Path trail will leave you with everlasting memories of a coastline that you won’t see anywhere else in the UK. This Norfolk coastline is unique. It’s where huge skies meet vast open landscapes ranging from salt marshes and beaches to cliffs and at the same time has an abundance of wildlife.

    Prices from:
    NCP4 – 6 nights/5 days walking - £610 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCP5 - 7 nights/6 days walking - £730 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCP6 – 9 nights/8 days walking - £907 per person (based on 2 sharing)

  • Prices for these Norfolk Coastal Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail code: NCP4
    Trail length: 84 miles/135 km
    Trail duration:6 nights, 5 days walking
    Average distance: 16 miles/34 km per day
    Prices from: £610 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

    5 day suggested walking Itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Hunstanton.

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe (15 miles/24 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds and the wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You will either stay in Burnham Overy Staithe or catch the bus to Wells-next-the-Sea depending on the type of accommodation you prefer.

    Day 2
    Walk from Burnham Overy Staithe to Blakeney (15 miles/24 km)

    Today you head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach where the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests, Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port and more salt marshes await this stretch as you eventually arrive at Blakeney Quay.

    Day 3
    Walk from Blakeney to Cromer (15 miles/24 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which housed a wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Day 4
    Walk from Cromer to Sea Palling (18 miles/29 km)

    This stretch of the walk gives you amazing views from the cliff tops down to the beaches below which seem to stretch for miles. It keeps you close to the coast, passing through a few villages and towns. This is the stretch where you’ll see the results of a huge sandscaping project at Bacton. You may like to stop at the iconic red and white lighthouse at Happisburgh and then continue on along the coast and beach until you arrive at the man made reefs at Sea Palling.

    Day 5
    Walk from Sea Palling to Hopton (21.5 miles/34 km)

    From here you will be taken through a Special Site of Scientific Interest and onto the wilderness of Winterton Dunes, skirting the busy town of Hemsby and then head on, walking below the cliffs and on the beaches until you arrive in the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick glimpse of the historic quarter breaks up the walk through the town and eventually you experience more peace once through Gorleston and on to the end of the walk at Hopton-on-Sea.

    Book Your 5 Day Walk Here

  • Prices for these Norfolk Coastal Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail code: NCP5
    Trail length: 84 miles/135 km
    Trail duration: 6 days walking, 7 night’s accommodation
    Average distance: 13.8 miles/22 km (last 2 days are 17.5m and 21m)
    Prices from: £730 per person (based on 2 people sharing)

    6 day suggested walking Itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Hunstanton

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 2
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 3
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk heading towards the iconic windmill at Cley).

    Day 4
    Walk from Cley to Cromer (13 miles/20.9 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which housed a WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Day 5
    Walk from Cromer to Sea Palling (18 miles/29 km)

    This stretch of the walk gives you amazing views from the cliff tops down to the beaches below which seem to stretch for miles. It keeps you close to the coast, passing through a few villages and towns. This is the stretch where you’ll see the results of a huge sandscaping project at Bacton. You may like to stop at the iconic red and white lighthouse at Happisburgh and then continue on along the coast and beach until you arrive at the man-made reefs at Sea Palling.

    Day 6
    Walk from Sea Palling to Hopton (21.5 miles/34 km)

    From here you will be taken through a Special Site of Scientific Interest and onto the wilderness of Winterton Dunes, skirting the busy town of Hemsby and then head on, walking below the cliffs and on the beaches until you arrive in the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick glimpse of the historic quarter breaks up the walk through the town and eventually you experience more peace once through Gorleston and on to the end of the walk at Hopton-on-Sea.

    Book Your 6 Day Walk Here

  • Our prices for the Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £40 per person per night applies.

    Trail code: NCP6
    Trail length: 84 miles/135 km
    Trail duration: 8 days walking, 9 night’s accommodation
    Average distance: 10.4 miles/16.7 km
    Prices from: £907 per person (based on 2 people sharing)


    8 day suggested walking Itinerary

    Don’t forget that the itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive in Hunstanton and stay in your accommodation.

    Day 1
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.6 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe

    Day 2
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.6 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 3
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.6 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 4
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 (or 13) miles/24.1 km/21 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which housed a WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Day 5
    Walk from Cromer to Mundesley (8.5 miles/13.6 km)

    After a lovely stretch on the beach to Overstrand and walking through a little part of the village, the path eventually takes you onto the cliff tops with amazing views down to the beaches below. Coastal erosion is very evident along the cliffs at Trimingham. Eventually you arrive in Mundesley to stop at the top of the promenade.

    Day 6
    Walk from Mundesley to Sea Palling (9.5 miles/15.2 km)

    The walk today is again quite varied. You start out by walking along the beaches of Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott, passing the area of beach where the major sandscaping project took place. Then you are taken onto more cliffs until you reach Happisburgh where you’ll see the iconic red and white lighthouse. Always a great place to stop and take photos. Arrival at Sea Palling is heralded by the man-made reefs just out to sea and the golden sand and calm waters.

    Day 7
    Walk from Sea Palling to Caister (12.5 miles/20 km )

    For the first stretch, the sea becomes hidden today by the sand dunes as you walk landward of the beaches until you reach the dunes at Winterton. You will also walk past Horsey beach which is home to 1000’s of seal and their pups in the winter months. You may well get to see some swimming in the sea or even on the beach. Winterton Dunes are a Special Site of Scientific Interest with Knatterjack toads sometimes seen or heard. The walk from Hemsby to Caister is a real coastal walk along the beach.

    Day 8
    Walk from Caister to Hopton (9.5 miles/15.2 km)

    From Caister you head into the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick walk through the very touristy main street brings you out into the historic quarter as you follow the road markings until you eventually leave the bustle of the town and the busy port to arrive at the quieter beach and promenade at Gorleston. The path then takes you along the beach until you reach the end of the Norfolk Coast Path at Hopton

    Book Your 8 Day Walk Here

  • I really want you to have the best walking experience you can have, and for me that means it’s important to find decent accommodation. Fortunately, most of the accommodation on the Norfolk Coast Path is excellent, but there are still some that I cross of the list if I just don’t like the atmosphere or the ambience of the room or the pub/hotel.

    Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are different. I like to listen and to make sure that you are happy with what I am offering. In the process of booking, I will send you links of the accommodation for peace of mind, if you prefer this option. I respect that fact that you are on holiday and you want the best for you. I have visited all of the places where you would be staying and met with the owners or managers so I know exactly what they are like. They are all extremely friendly and hospitable! Nothing is too much trouble and most of them go out of their way to give you a great stay. Most of the accommodation is on the path, but there are possibly a few where you will need to take a short detour. I can arrange for B&B accommodation or pubs or hotels. In some villages accommodation is scarce so you have to use a pub.
    You may also have to take the excellent coasthopper bus where accommodation is not available, such as in the village of Cley. This is all explained at the time of booking.
    It’s very helpful, when booking, to let me know if you prefer pubs to B&B’s. Most of the time it is a mixture of the two, but I can arrange for the accommodation to be pubs only should you require.

  • Included:
    Bed and breakfast accommodation in either a B&B or a pub, dependent on availability and your personal preferences.
    Luggage transfer from place to place
    Your holiday pack which includes a very detailed itinerary which includes places of interest, lunch stops and details of the accommodation providers, how to reach them etc, an excellent guidebook, and the A to Z OS booklet which maps out the path (1 guidebook and relevant maps for up to 4 people, 2 for 5-7 people and 3 for 8 or more people).
    Emergency contact details for me in the event of a problem.


    Excluded:
    Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
    Travel Insurance – please make sure you have travel insurance to cover this holiday.
    Transport for any rest days. We will be happy to book you taxis should you require.
    Travel to/from Hunstanton and to/from Cromer.
    Rest days -any costs for rest days or extra activities undertaken.

    Extras:
    Additional nights used other than on the Norfolk Coast Path walk itinerary (e.g. rest days, any additional days at the beginning or end of the walk for your own personal holiday not covered by the itinerary).
    Rest days - suggest you add on approximately £60 per person per night.
    Solo walker and single walker supplements - please add on approximately £40 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy, maps and guidebooks for one, and baggage transfers for one

  • All details about how to arrive at your B&B or pub will be in the information pack that is sent out to you prior to your walk, whether you are arriving by car or bus.

    Arrival:

    By Road:
    Hunstanton is located in West Norfolk, 30 minutes north of King’s Lynn on the main coastal road of the A149.
    Cromer is located on the North Norfolk Coast approximately 45 minutes north of Norwich on the A140/A149.

    Car parking:
    There is usually parking at your accommodation for the duration of your walk. However, there may be times when I need to ask a pub if you can park for in their car park whilst walking.

    By Rail:
    To/from Hunstanton: The nearest train station to Hunstanton is King’s Lynn (Great Northern network and has direct lines into and out of London Kings Cross
    To/from Cromer: Cromer railway station (Abellio Greater Anglia network). Trains run to and from Norwich. To reach London you would need to change at Norwich for onward travel.

    By Bus:
    The local bus service runs from King’s Lynn to Wells serviced by Lynx No 36 (https://www.lynxbus.co.uk/bus-times-fares/) and then from Wells to Cromer on CH4 (https://www.sanderscoaches.com/copy-of-5-north-walsham---holt).
    Norfolk Green bus service No 10. And 11 also run from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton. (http://www.norfolkgreen.co.uk/services)

    By Air:
    The nearest airport is London Stansted Airport.

  • If you would like to take an extra day or two as a rest day, please just let me know when you book. We can chat about ideas. As I live in Norfolk, I have a good idea of what there is to see and whether it’s worth visiting! It’s also a great way to see a little extra other than the walking trail! Some choose to take a rest day in the middle of the walk, others at the end or beginning. I’m also happy to organise for an onward journey to Norwich if required.




    Please just ask me and we can chat about it.


What you might see on the Norfolk Coast Path

If you still need persuading about whether you should try this fantastic walk, let me lead you on a journey which will give you an idea of what you might expect to see. 

I really want to show you that the Norfolk Coast Path will be very different to any other walk you will have done before. 

Where sky meets sea

Holkham beach

This is what Norfolk is known for.  Where the sky meets the sea, and I know you’ll get to see this on this Norfolk Coast Path walk.  This really comes to the fore at Holme-next-the-Sea, Burnham Overy Staithe and Holkham beach.  

The Norfolk salt marshes and creeks

The creeks on the Norfolk Coast Path

Many of the small villages along the Norfolk coast used to be busy ports, but over time the land has silted up and the creeks become ever smaller, meaning the villages are no longer used as important ports. 

The good news is that the Norfolk Coast Path takes you alongside many of these creeks and salt marshes and the wildlife along these stretches is extraordinary, especially when the tide is out. 

areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Three quarters of the Norfolk coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and these walks take you right through these beautiful areas. 

Much of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton actually falls under this ANOB, and the salt marshes, dunes, grazing meadows and marshland that you walk along make up most of this designated area.

Can I walk The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path combined?

Yes, you can of course walk the whole long distance trail of the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path.  You'll find details here.

A short video of the 1st stretch of the path

I spent a little bit of time videoing the first stretch of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to Thornham.  This will give you a really good idea of what some of the path will be like.  I hope you enjoy it!

Wildlife along the Norfolk Coast Path

Much of the trail from Hunstanton to Cley is a haven for wading birds and the noises from the oyster catches, red shank, curlews and terns (to name just a few) are magical.

Norfolk's wildlife

And if you are lucky enough to hear and see the geese flying over, that is an extra bonus.  The honking noise from these birds is something to behold!

Norfolk’s fishing trade

Fishing boats at Cromer

Fishing in Norfolk is an incredibly important livelihood.  You’ll see evidence of this along the Norfolk Coast Path at the Brancaster mussel grading pools, in Wells-next-the-Sea, on Weybourne, Cley and Cromer beach where tractors on the beach are the norm.  You may even get to see them pulling in the boats after a days fishing.

Coastal erosion

Coastal erosion on the Norfolk Coast Path

Another important factor on the Norfolk coastline is the erosion. 

Everyone always thinks Norfolk is flat, but we do indeed have cliffs!  And they are being eroded away very quickly.  Year on year the storms batter the cliff face and rocks end up crumbling down to the beach. 

You will definitely see this from Weybourne to Cromer, and if you walk the whole of the Norfolk Coast Path you will also see this from Cromer onwards.  Much is being done to help stop the erosion and in 2019 there was a huge sandscaping project at Bacton which you will again see, by the build up of sand on the beach.  

War relics

Caister pill box

There are lots of WWII relics along the Norfolk Coast Path, many of which you’ll find fascinating. 

Norfolk obviously played a large part in the war against invasion, and you’ll come across lots of pill boxes, an unusual gun turret (right on the path) and you walk up to a point in Norfolk which was used as a wireless interceptor station, so lots to keep you occupied!

You can see a very short video (18 seconds) of this gun turret on the coastal path.


If you thought the Norfolk Coast Path would just be a flat but coastal walk, I hope I’ve managed to show you that it’s something very different.  I passionately love this coastline and this walk, and hope that you might take the opportunity to chat to me and decide to come and walk it as well.

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