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April, 2023

EXPLORING

We consider ourselves very lucky, we believe that we are based in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Norfolk is well known for its big skies and the North Norfolk Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, now, you can’t argue with that!

North Norfolk benefits from some of the most lovely scenery in the county. Marvel at the striped cliffs of Hunstanton, the big wide sandy beach at Holkham, the salt marshes of Cley and the beautiful countryside surrounding the Fring Estate.

Where to walk in North Norfolk

There is so much to see and do in this lovely county of ours, but so many people flock here to take in the scenery and enjoy a gentle walk. We have rounded up 10 of the best walks in North Norfolk, all within an hour of Fring Estate.

Peddar's Way sign post in Norfolk

1) Peddars Way, directly from the Fring Estate

There’s no need to jump in the car for our first suggestion. Peddars Way runs through the Estate and joins on to the Norfolk Costal Path. There are a number of routes you can take from with distances ranging from 2 miles to 10 miles.

Visiting us from May to September? Relax after your walk in our swimming pool, on the sunset mound or with a game of tennis.

 

2) Hunstanton Seafront, 14 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

Take in the magnificent multi coloured cliffs on the Hunstanton seafront and enjoy a 6km (3.75 miles) circular walk around the popular beach town. Download the Hunstanton Walking Route PDF. The route takes you from the hubbub of a traditional British seafront, through some lovely clifftop gardens and into the quiet of Old Hunstanton.

You will finish your walk back in the centre on Hunstanton so why not treat yourself to some fish and chips on the seafront, or maybe Michelin standard restaurants are more your thing?

Hunstanton is also located at one end of the beautiful Norfolk Costal Path, so if you’re feeling adventurous you can follow the 87-mile path as far as you like.

 

3) RSPB Titchwell Marsh, 20 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

Enjoy the varied surroundings of saltmarshes, reedbeds and freshwater lagoons at RSPB Titchwell Marsh – it’s a bird watcher’s paradise!

This is the perfect spot for an easy and leisurely stroll with all trails no longer than 1km long. Walk to the end of the reserve and be rewarded with views of the Norfolk Coast at its most undeveloped and naturally beautiful. Download the site map.

 

4) Brancaster Staithe, 22 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

Wildlife Walk, 3.8 miles, 2 hours, moderate walk, dog-friendly.
Brancaster Staithe is another must-visit if you are taking a trip to the North Norfolk Coast. Again, it is a vast and wild landscape with excellent opportunities to spy some costal bird species such as Brent Geese and Oystercatchers.

This circular trail sends you along dunes, around Barrow Common and through an old Roman fort. It even offers a sighting of the Second World War wreck of SS Vina. A lovely mix of coast and countryside.

Sunset at Snettisham Beach in west Norfolk

5) Holme Dunes

You may have noticed a bit of a trend with these walks, we are very lucky to have a wide variety of wildlife in Norfolk. The birdlife is especially abundant, and this next walk is another wonderful opportunity to see more species including Lapwings and Knots.

Holme Dunes are part of a Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve but can also be enjoyed as a costal walk if you begin at Holme Beach and follow the Norfolk Costal Path.

Download the NWT Holme Dunes information leaflet to see the two routes available.

 

6) Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, 27 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

If you are looking for a nice walk which will also entertain the younger members of the family, Pensthorpe is the place for you. The nature reserve offers a crisscross of accessible paths which can lead you on a short stroll or longer adventure. Children will also love being surrounded by ducks, taking a ride on the Pensthorpe Explorer and finding the flamingo enclosure.

There are bird hides, a wetland discover area, sculpture trail and amazing indoor and outdoor play.

Download the Park Map here.

 

7) Wells-Next-the-Sea to Holkham, 30 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

Enjoy the wide-open skies that Norfolk is famous for on the wide sandy beaches of Holkham and Wells-Next-the-Sea. This stretch of coastline falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is backed by a pine forest.

We will often walk along the seafront in one direction and return via the pine forest on the way back. There are wonderful cafes at the car parks in both Holkham and Wells-Next-the-Sea so take your pick for which end you would like to start.

Whether you enjoy it as a there-and-back-again jaunt along the Norfolk Coast Path or follow the 6.75 mile Holkham Circular route which takes in some of Holkham’s beautiful park land too, you won’t be disappointed.

A beautiful sunset at Hunstanton Beach in North West Norfolk, a short drive or cycle from Fring Estate

8) Blakeney Point costal walk, 42 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

7 miles, 3 hours, moderate.

Blakeney Point is a sparkling gem in North Norfolk’s crown. This popular walk takes in the wild landscapes of a shingle split and sand dunes where you can see a number of uncommon plants who call this rare habitat home. Along this there-and-back-again walk you will also pass a blue lighthouse and if visiting between October and mid-January you’ll have a great view of the large Grey seal colony.

 

9) Sheringham Park, 45 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

If you are going to go to Sheringham Park, the best time to visit is in late Spring when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. They really do make quite a beautiful picture. However, no matter what time of year you pay a visit, you’ll be treated with glorious views and a range of landscapes to explore. In fact, Sheringham Park is the ‘finest example of a Humphry Repton landscape, featuring a main drive with sea views, rolling parkland and temple.’

You can stick to the park or hop on the costal path to venture further afield into the town and onto the sea front.

We like to take in the varied landscape of both woodland and costal views on a circular walk, beginning and ending in Sheringham Park.

 

10) Cromer, 55 minutes’ drive from Fring Estate

There are a lot of routes you can head out on from Cromer, depending on your ambition for the day! From a 1.5 mile circular route around the town to a 6.5 mile loop taking in Felbrigg Hall, there is something to suit all abilities.

This part of the North Norfolk Coast is characterised by windy clifftops and sweeping sandy beaches.

Some would argue that a trip to the North Norfolk Coast isn’t complete until you have had some fish and chips or an ice cream on the Cromer Pier.

 

Exploring North Norfolk from Fring Estate

These 10 walks are by no means the end of the list of walking options in Norfolk. Hopefully you will agree that our county offers some really varied walking options, whether you prefer a costal or country hike. One thing you can certainly count on, is that you won’t be facing too many steep inclines!

Don’t forget to book your luxury holiday cottage on the Fring Estate and then get planning for your Norfolk adventure!