No matter what the weather this bank holiday weekend, here’s some wonderful walks to make the most of it.
Starting from Acle Dyke, this circular trail heads north along the banks of the River Bure, under Acle Bridge, and returns to Acle through fields from the village of Upton. This area was heavily defended in WWII in case of German invasion. Several pillboxes and spigot mortar pedestals can still be seen along the route. The walk is a joy, whether you are interested in WWII heritage or not.
The village of Thornham sits in a perfect example of the north-west Norfolk landscape, with long views across its saltmarsh and sand flats throughout the northern portion of the walk. A short, family-friendly route, it offers rich history and a vast, natural remoteness without straying too far from the comforts of cafés and pubs offering high quality food and drink.
This route circles one of Norfolk’s most important Bronze Age landscapes and offers the chance to take in some more modern culture on the same day too! It's a wonderful chance to get off the beaten track. Houghton Hall has a collection of outdoor sculpture in its gorgeous gardens as well as indoor art exhibitions. This summer’s main exhibition is called ‘Nature and Inspiration’ – the first significant show of the renowned sculptor, Henry Moore’s work in East Anglia, running until 29 September.
For more information visit the Houghton Hall website
Starting from Cromer Pier, the route is nicely varied and makes the most of the Heathland, clifftop and woodland landscapes that surround the town. The route visits Norfolk’s highest point, a whole 106m above sea level! It’s a nice challenge for those looking for a big day out hiking, and there’s plenty of choices for refuelling on return to Cromer. The route is clearly marked, but West Runton and Beeston Regis heath offers miles woodland and heathland paths to explore for walkers and runners wanting even more hill action.
Both of these are perfect for young families (as long as the children are walking – pushchairs don’t do well on the fine sand of the dunes). The dunes walk is short, but it’s a perfect introduction to the Norfolk Coast Path and this beautiful landscape. The real treat on the longer route is the ruined church of St Mary at Somerton - the roof and windows are missing and a tree is growing in the chancel, but it’s a haunting and lovely place.
Just a few miles from Great Yarmouth, this route is fully wheelchair accessible thanks to the six hundred metre boardwalk that traverses the reedbed along the mouth of the River Waveney. Also perfect for families with pushchairs, birdwatchers and those who enjoy a quick walk, the views across the marshes are long and impressive.
If you have the whole weekend free, why not have a go at one of our linear Trails? Boudicca Way has just been re-signed in full, and is now stile-free. It has never been more accessible. There are a number of accommodation options along the way, but it’s possible to do it over two days whilst staying in Norwich in the evenings, thanks to good bus and train links along the route.
Okay, so the bank holiday weekend isn’t enough time to enjoy the whole Norfolk Coast Path, but half is definitely possible. Sheringham and Cromer are roughly at the mid-point of the route, and whichever way you choose to walk it’s well served by various accommodation and eating options. There are even companies that will carry your gear for you and set up your tent, for totally hassle-free adventuring!