Blakeney

top seven coastal walks with pubs

North Norfolk's coastline is ideal for walks with the endless stretches of beaches, marshes and big open skies. Here’s our top seven coastal walks with pubs along the way – ideal any time of the year.

Blakeney Point Walk. From Blakeney, take the National Trust Trail, following the Norfolk Coast Path to Blakeney Point and you will be rewarded with amazing views over the dunes out towards the sea and big skies. You can either follow the trail up to the beach at Cley which is a a seven-mile moderate walk or start in Blakeney and walk up to Blakeney Point and back, which should take about three hours.

When you return to Blakeney village, stop off at the historical Kings Arms pub on Westgate Street, just a short distance from the quay. Grab a seat next to the log burner with a pint of ale and some locally caught fresh seafood while you rest your legs.

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Blakeney Point

Thornham to Holme. This walk is a delight as it takes in the two charming north Norfolk villages of Thornham and Holme, with the stunning Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve along the way. The 3.5 mile walk (one way), starts at the church in Thornham and goes into the wildlife rich reserve at Holme Dunes. Here, you may be lucky enough to see avocets, barn owls, natterjack toads and dragonflies before joining up with the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail and heading into Holme.

It is well worth a walk back to Thornham where you can head to the Lifeboat Inn, dating back to the 16th century. Reward yourself with lunch or afternoon tea and if you visit on a Sunday, the roast is a must!

NWT Holme Dunes

Salthouse Village Walk. The village of Salthouse is a real pleasure to walk through, where you can see historical cottages with surrounding countryside. This five-mile circular walk takes in the village before joining the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail through the marshes which run parallel to the coast. After about five miles, you will come to The Dun Cow pub where you can enjoy locally sourced food and real ales. Pick a table by the window for views over the marshes or sit in the large garden during summer and enjoy the fresh sea air.

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Mundesley Beach Walk. The beach at Mundesley is ideal for long walks while taking in the salty sea air. The miles of coastline here are unspoiled and the beach is backed by brightly coloured beach huts.

A great walk is Mundesley to Bacton and back which is around four miles. At Bacton you can see the results of the 2019 sandscaping project (a new method of coastal protection, imported from Holland). Nearly two million cubic metres of sand were pumped from offshore to create a 6km-long dune at Bacton, increasing the height and width of the beaches.

Or if you’re looking for a longer stretch to walk, walking to Overstrand and back is just over 11 miles. Once back in Mundesley. The Ship Inn on Beach Road is nestled right next to the beach offering unrivalled sea views while enjoying a locally soured fish and chips.

Mundesley Beach

Brancaster Staithe Wildlife WalkThe White Horse lies on this National Trust wildlife walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and takes in around four miles of unique landscape. The route takes goes through Downs woods and the verdant fields of Barrow Common.

Along the way, you will see historic landmarks including the Branodunum Roman Fort before finishing back at the Brancaster Staithe Quay car park. Then you can stop off for a craft beer and locally sourced mussels at The White Horse overlooking the salt marshes. Local fishermen provide seafood to the restaurant including mussels, oysters and lobster; enjoy post-walk with views of the coast from the terraced garden - warmed with heaters in the winter and fantastic sun sets in the summer.

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Brancaster Staithe

Wells and Holkham (check tide times before you set off). This five-mile walk between Wells and Holkham takes you along the beach, past the iconic beach huts, through the tranquil pine forests and back onto the Coast Path into Holkham.

If you want to keep going, you can extend the walk and continue into the Holkham Estate and explore the grounds and gardens. Make sure you stop off at the Look Out for a cuppa, where you can enjoy spectacular views over the nature reserve. You could also pay The Globe Inn a visit at Wells if you end your walk there or The Victoria Inn at Holkham where you can enjoy beautiful views and locally sourced food.

Holkham Beach

Sheringham Circular Walk. This walk takes in woodland, fields, the coast and the town of Sheringham! Start off in the woodland of Pretty Corner Woods and follow the trail northwest towards Upper Sheringham. This takes you through fields and grassland, towards the pretty Oak Wood then north to the cliffs.

The route leads walkers parallel to the cliff top for some fresh sea air and then back into Sheringham town where there are several pubs to visit. Or if you need to stop off en route, head to the Dunstable Arms which is about 80% of the way round where you enjoy some delicious pub food before setting off again.

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