Norfolk's most captivating walks

Kate W 13 August 2018


Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path are the most famous trails in Norfolk and part of the Norfolk Trails Network.

Grab your hiking boots and head to Norfolk. With over 1200 miles of walks, cycle and bridleways through this incredible region, there’s no shortage of adventure when you traverse these pathways.

Norfolk is home to a spectacular coast like no other. With striking wildlife reserves, traditional seaside resorts, magnificent rock formations and wide sandy stretches of beach there are some incredible sights. The most famous and well-trod of the Norfolk trails is unsurprisingly the Norfolk Coast Path.

Inland, Norfolk’s landscape is made up of gently rolling fens, pine forest and heathland. There are quaint villages to wander through, historical sites to visit and magnificent stately homes to explore. The ever-popular Peddars Way leads you past all these areas of interest and more.

Norfolk Coast Path

Norfolk Beaches

Starting in Hunstanton and ending at Sea Palling, this walking path has dramatic cliff views and miles of sandy beaches where you can dip your toes in the cool sea. If you choose to follow this spectacular trail you will find yourself spending most of the time winding your way through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Places to visit include: Holkham Hall and National Nature Reserve, Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Sheringham Park and Cromer Pier.

Stay at: Sleepy Gull

Sleepy Gull

Stay on the Norfolk coastline so that you can wander along this spectacular route.

Grey seals at Blakeney Point
See the seals at Blakeney Point

Peddars Way

This trail is an old Roman road that begins at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk, leads ramblers through the fragrant pines of Thetford Forest Park all the way north to the beach at Holme-next-the-Sea where you can pick up the Norfolk Coastal Path.

As it’s a wide flat path typical of the Romans you can cycle along this route, so bring the bikes to explore further, faster. It’s one of three routes on the Norfolk Trails Network that are great for cyclists, the other two are Marriott’s Way and Weaver’s Way.

Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk
Visit Castle Acre Priory along the Peddars Way

Places to visit include: Grimes Graves in Thetford Forest, Castle Acre Priory, the site of the deserted medieval village of Great Palgrave and while travelling discover the Norfolk Songline.

Stay at: Rossmore

GC Rossmore

Take a look at our country cottages and find the perfect retreat from which to discover inland Norfolk.

The Norfolk Trails Network includes many more scenic walks that will take you to all corners of this gorgeous region.

The eight other walking paths on the Norfolk Trails Network include:

Angles Way

Leads from Great Yarmouth on the coast to inland Thetford where you could continue onto Peddars Way.

Great Yarmouth Boats
Great Yarmouth

Stay at: Tidal Sands

Tidal Sands

Boudicca Way

This trail runs from Norwich to the market town of Diss and is named after the iconic queen who once ruled the tribes of the area.

Stay at: Mill Barn Cottage  

Millcoat Barn

Marriott’s Way

Follows the routes of two disused railway lines from market town Aylsham to the city of Norwich. Take the bikes as it is also a cycle trail.


Stay at: Moon Beam

Moon Beam

Nar Valley Way

Begin at the mouth of the River Nar at King's Lynn and head inland to Gressenhall, several times you’ll find yourself walking parallel to the river.

Paston Way

A footpath from the North Walsham town to the seaside resort of Cromer on the coast. Why not end your trek with a paddle in the sea?

Stay at: Victoria Heights

Victoria Heights

Weaver’s Way

If the Norfolk Coastal Path doesn’t cover enough ground for you, join this trail at Cromer and it will take you all the way down to Great Yarmouth. This is another trail suitable for cycling so bring the bikes.

Stay at: The Loft at Dunedin House

The Loft at Dunedin House

Walking holidays in Norfolk

If you're planning on a walking holiday in Norfolk, take a look at our collection of Norfolk cottages to find a cottage that will suit you. Whether you need dog-friendly accommodation, a lodge big enough for the whole family or somewhere with storage space for the bikes, ensure you find the perfect place to stay.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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