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the best winter walks in north norfolk

Walking in winter in north Norfolk is such a delight during this quieter time of year, with unique winter wildlife and views across frosty countryside and vast empty beaches. We’ve picked our favourite winter walks, taking in the fabulous coast and countryside.

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Overstrand to Mundesley. This is a lovely walk between two seaside villages, which takes in a range of scenery. The walk starts in Overstrand at the west end of the promenade, passing through the village of Trimingham, and ends in Mundesley at the old coastguard lookout station. The route is mostly along rural footpaths with short sections along minor roads.
Mundesley Beach

Sheringham to Cromer. Starting at Sheringham, this walk takes you over Beeston Bump (make sure you stop to take in the views!). It then follows the cliff path past West Runton, before heading inland a short way, to continue at East Runton before arriving at Cromer seafront at the end of the Pier. The walk is mainly over grassy clifftop paths, (great for blowing the cobwebs away), with fantastic views.

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Sheringham
Wells to Holklham. Walk along Wells beach past the iconic beach huts and beyond until you reach the vast, tree-framed sands at Holkham and then return along the Norfolk Coast Path. This takes you through the beautiful, cool pine forest which makes this part of the coastline so special.

Sheringham Park. Coastal views are central to landscape gardener Humphry Repton’s 1812 design, with the winter light often showing them off at their best at this time of year. Climb to the top of the gazebo tower perched on the top of the oak wood hill for a panoramic view of the north Norfolk coastline. There are nearly 1,000 acres of land at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park to discover, including tranquil woodland and cliff tops with lovely coastal views. You can tweak your walk depending on how confident you are. For a relaxed stroll, wander past Sheringham Hall and up to the Temple or if you want a longer walk, venture out towards the sea that can be seen from high above on the cliffs. 

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Blakeney Point Coastal walk. Blakeney National Nature Reserve has fantastic views in the Winter months with its dramatic coastline, the saltmarshes just five miles away at Stiffkey and of course, the seal pups that gather on Blakeney Point. There are vast, open landscapes with breath-taking views of the coast at this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From Blakeney Point, you can take a boat trip to see the seal pups.

Blakeney Point

Brancaster Staithe wildlife walk. Wander through Brancaster Staithe and take in the beautiful sights of the coast and its wildlife. From Barrow Common, there are excellent views, and the chance to see the site of Branodunum Roman Fort, as well as the Second World War wreck of SS Vina. Harbour Way is subject to tidal flooding so please check tide times before you set out.

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Brancaster Staithe

Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster. Wander through Burnham Overy-Staithe, which lies on the coast between Holkham and Burnham Norton, and enjoy beautiful sights of the north Norfolk coast as well as the myriad of winter wildlife. You can stop off and visit Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Overy’s Church of St. Clement with its Norman tower, and see the National Trust's Tower Mill. 

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Titchwell circular walk. This walk starts off at Briarfields on Main Street in Titchwell and takes you past the war memorial and church. Continue along Gypsy Lane towards the beach and over Brancaster Ford. Keep walking straight and you will join the beach where you take a left. Carry on to the sea inlet and go left here to the pool at the end, where you can sometimes spot seals. At this point, return along the marsh path and back to the hotel, where you can stop off to warm yourself up!

Titchwell Marsh
The National Trust properties of Blickling and Felbrigg also have lovely walks around their grounds in the winter. A stroll around the Blickling Estate parkland, takes in points of local historical interest including Long Plantation, Great Wood, the Tower, Brickyard and Mausoleum. Finally, an amble around Felbrigg will take you through open fields and woods, passing a church, lake, the ice house and a variety of interesting trees.
So, wrap up warm, wear some comfortable boots and step out into the north Norfolk coast and countryside this Winter.
Blickling Estate lake