This Wells short break walking holiday gives you the opportunity to enjoy a memorable few days away in one of most beautiful parts of North Norfolk, a place unlike any in the UK. Walking along some of the best stretches of the Norfolk Coast Path and exploring one of the most striking stately homes in Norfolk, this walking holiday will leave you with many lasting memories.
You’ll also come to understand why Norfolk is known for huge skies and golden sands.
The town of Wells-next-the-Sea is a bustling and vibrant fishing port right in the middle of the North Norfolk coastline, and this is where you’ll be staying for 3 nights.
Find out what the landscape is like either side of Wells-next-the-Sea by taking in two of the best stretches of the Norfolk Coast Path:
If you felt like you’d prefer to explore other Norfolk coastal towns, why not look at our Sheringham short break and Cromer short break walking holidays. Or join some of these short break walking holidays together.
Anything is possible with Norfolk Walking Holidays! We can chat about your requirements and organise a holiday that you’ll remember for many years.
What you'll also have on this Wells short break walking holiday is a chance to sample some fantastic local food and sea food in the pubs, cafes and restaurants that you’ll come across on this walk. You'll also manage a short visit to another Norfolk village, Blakeney, at the end of a days' walk. This has a very picturesque harbour and is a great place to end the afternoon.
This Wells-next-the-Sea short break walking holiday is a 2 day/3 night stay, walking two special stretches of the Norfolk Coast Path and exploring the Holkham Hall estate.
Price from: £502 per person based on 2 people sharing for a 3 night stay.
This can be taken anytime between April to October.
In order to visit the interior of Holkham Hall, you do need to book your holiday to take in a Sunday, Monday or a Thursday. The grounds are open every day, the Hall has restricted opening times.
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Your stay will be in one of the hotels or pubs overlooking a beautiful Georgian green in Wells-next-the-Sea. This is a vibrant town with a working fishing port, pubs, restaurants, cafes, galleries and independent shops.
Once you've arrived, you can then take off to Holkham Hall and spend the day exploring the stunning grounds and house, maybe having a picnic, or enjoying the courtyard cafe for some refreshments.
Day 1 walk
Today you'll be walking from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7km)
Catch the bus from Wells to Brancaster Staithe (details will be in the itinerary). This is a fabulous walk along the marshes and creeks eventually walking away from Burnham Overy Staithe and onto the sand dunes at Gun Hill which part way to give you a unique and amazing coastal view. From here you can walk in amongst the pine forests of Holkham Nature Reserve or along Holkham beach and Wells beach, passing the wonderfully coloured beach huts to arrive back into the town. Spend the night in Wells.
The price for the Wells Short Break walking holiday is from £502 per person based on 2 people sharing for a 3 night stay.
Please add on an extra £55 per night for a solo supplement.
Route notes and maps of the walks mentioned
Emergency telephone support for Norfolk Walking Holidays in the event of a problem
Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
Entrance to Holkham Hall museum, house and walled garden
Travel on the Coasthopper bus (Coasthopper from £3.60 per person)
Travel to and from the start and end of your holiday
Additional nights used other than on the advertised Wells Short Break Walking Holiday Itinerary
Solo supplements – please add £55 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy.
Your accommodation is priced for a hotel in Wells. If you would prefer a B&B, please just let me know.
Detailed information on how to reach your accommodation at the start of your break, by car, from the bus station or railway station, will be included in your holiday pack.
The Norfolk Coast Path throws up all kinds of natural beauty, but over these three days you’ll come to discover why so many people are drawn back to this part of Norfolk time and time again.
Much of where you’ll be walking on this Wells short break walking holiday is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which you can read more about here on the Norfolk Coast Path page.
You’ll see the beauty of the Norfolk creeks as you wander away from Burnham harbour along the high bank, and if the tide is out, the mud flats produce no end of wildlife; the wading birds busy digging for worms in the mud with their long beaks, and the various raptors overhead. Geese may make an appearance, as may owls. You’ll probably stumble across a birder or two with their binoculars or long lens cameras!
As you head towards the sea, the sand dunes part to leave you with a vista you’ll never forget. And heading east, you arrive at Holkham beach, one of the best-known beaches in Norfolk, and the UK, and used for many a film shoot. This is the epitome just why Norfolk is known for its huge skies.
Or maybe you’ll dip into the pine forests which back onto the beach for shelter from the sun, or rest your legs in the hide overlooking the Holkham nature reserve, or at The Lookout, a new eco friendly café with open viewing areas over the marshes.
Finally, you’ll end your day admiring the eclectic range of beach huts on Wells beach!
The saltmarshes make up a large part of another day on this Wells short break walking holiday. Norfolk is renowned for its swathes of salt marshes, which, as well as the mud flats, are also a haven for wading birds, many of which you should see on your walk. You’ll find that these salt marshes make you stop and just take stock. They give you a sort of peace and feeling of openness, or relaxation; it's hard to describe in words.
Enjoy your time in this vibrant town which sits on the harbour, and although it’s called Wells-next-the-Sea, it’s actually about 1 mile from the sea! Although the town can be quite busy with visitors, it still retains its working harbour with fishing boats coming and going.
While away some time on this Wells short break walking holiday by enjoying the views in front of you whilst eating fish and chips sitting on the harbour wall! You could take some time to discover the heritage and story of Wells-next-the-Sea when you visit The Maltings in Staithe Street, or take home a painting by a local artist in the gallery. You can also enjoy some of the local produce and have a pop into the many independent shops along this narrow street, or explore the other narrow flint stone streets around the town. If you take the pub option on this walk, you’ll be staying on a pretty green, surrounded by Georgian houses, a little further back from the main harbour area.
Now this is an impressive stately home. Some love the aesthetics, others aren’t too enamoured. It’s a stark symmetrical Palladian exterior but somehow exudes importance and grandeur.
You’ll spend the day wandering around the estate of Holkham Hall and enjoying an intermittent 6 mile circular walk around the parkland and deer park. I say intermittent as you can stop off at the café for a cup of coffee, continue up to the Obelisk with wonderful views down to the Hall, and then spend some time in the walled garden.
Come back to the cafe for lunch, or picnic in the grounds, visit the interior of the Hall, and continue on your walk back to Wells-next-the-Sea. It's very easy to spend a whole day here.
Come and enjoy 3 days of walking and exploring the special and unique Norfolk Coast with this Wells Short Break Walking Holiday.