Magnificent rhododendron and azalea collections and lovely views of the coast feature in this spectacular parkland designed by Humphrey Repton, a renowned landscape gardener of the early 1800s. Popular site all year round although particularly so for the spectacle of early summer. For the active and adventurous there are viewing towers including the gazebo viewing tower up 40 hillside steps and 60 tower stairs!
Length of walk: About half-a-mile for short wheelchair accessible route, further suitable options
Location: Upper Sheringham off A148 east of Bodham between Holt and Cromer
Map Ref: 133:TG135420 Postcode: NR26 8TL
Getting there: Signed at junction of A148/B1157 between Holt (six miles) and Cromer (five miles).
by public transport: Bus services stop at entrance by request (Sanders) http://www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk/ ; Train: Sheringham train station (two miles)
by cycling or walking: Sustrans regional route 30 (one and half miles south of junction); Norfolk Coast Path along coast north of Sheringham Park
Information boards in car park at visitor centre and further information and signs around parkland
Parking: Hard surfaced car park with disabled and coach parking, additional overflow provided on grassed area. Car park fee £5.50; National Trust members free. Free charging points are provided for electric vehicles.
Woods and parkland: No charge other than parking; open dawn to dusk all year
Visitor centre, shop and café: Seasonal opening, contact site for detailed opening times
Toilets: In block close to visitor centre; no others in parkland
Accessibility and family provision
Toilets: Alongside the visitor centre include disabled accessible
Hire equipment available to borrow: Single-seater PMVs available to hire at visitor centre and manual wheelchairs for use on recommended routes on site only. A member of staff will advise on suitable routes.
Wheelchair access: Level car park to and around visitor centre area. Surfaced estate road within park.
Induction loops: In reception. Large print version of map and welcome leaflet; Braille guides.
For families: Cycle and dog friendly, picnic area, play area. Plant sales. Baby-changing and feeding facilities. Special events for children and families. Touch screen interactive exhibition explaining the past and wildlife of Sheringham Park.
Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted. Children's Tracker Packs. You can cycle along the majority of trails (full details and a map in the visitor centre). A bike park and lockers are available
Dogs: Under control most areas, on leads around visitor facilities and where cattle grazing; restricted areas clearly signed
Access for all route
Start & Finish: From car park via visitor centre area
Distance(s): About half-a-mile for short wheelchair accessible route. A number of waymarked trails of varying lengths, the surfaced estate road will take you down into the central parkland but this will involve some gradients.
Accessibility: Fully accessible for car park and visitor areas on level surface. Main estate road is surfaced and some paths leading from are
Gradients: Some slight on wheelchair route to more varied elsewhere around the park
Stiles & Gates: Gates for negotiating cattle grids if exploring further onto the parkland down the estate road.
Surface: Tarmac through to compacted gravel, if exploring further there will be various woodland paths
Waymarking: Signs and colour coded posts
Seating: Some through woodland area of park
Specific hazards: No specific other than this is a popular site for families set in woodland. Take note of any warning notices around park about specific hazards
Footwear/clothing: Sensible footwear for a countryside walk, walking type if following trails off the main area. Sheltered woodland but viewpoints and open parkland more subject to elements.
Other: For visitors exploring the woodland there will tree roots and uneven areas, some accents and decents and the viewing towers will be accessed via open wooden steps. The Gazebo in particular is a test for those with a fear of heights.
Downloadable Walks for all guide sheet