Explore More walks
The Norfolk Coast is as a beautiful place to visit, work and live, with many well known and popular beauty spots. There are also a wealth of hidden corners and picturesque villages linked by a network of footpaths and quiet country lanes for you to discover and find your own quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and seaside towns.
The ten Explore More walks explore these lesser known parts of the area. The walking guides tell you about places where you can pause for a drink or bite to eat, point out interesting sites to visit along the way and give a bit of a clue what to expect, such as if the pubs are dog friendly or how long the walks might take to complete.
With so many people visiting our beautiful coastline, the feeling of wilderness and space, so important for this area of outstanding natural beauty, can be reduced by too many cars, with parking a problem at peak times of the year. Why not try a day out without the car and make your own adventure? The walks are all accessible by public transport. Using the bus or steam train adds to the sense of adventure, exploration and discovery.
Please enjoy the unique splendours of our countryside, supporting the local businesses along the way that help make the countryside the vibrant place that it is today.
Simply click on an individual walk download below or in side menu or look on the active map under 'Walks'.
Each Explore More guide has 4 pages giving basic information about the walk, a description of what to expect along the way, route instructions and a map.
Enjoy panoramic coastal views over Brancaster and sample the peace and quiet of Barrow Common.
Binham to Stiffkey
From Binham Priory, an English Heritage site which is open all year the walk crosses the disused Second World War Langham airfield, through the beautiful Cockthorpe Common, beside Stiffkey Fen before finishing up with a short section of the Norfolk Coast Path.
Bodham via Baconsthorpe
Allow approximately 2.5 hours for this gentle 5 mile walk, plus time to explore Baconsthorpe Castle and Bodham Church. There is a short-cut reducing the walk to 3.3 miles. Allow 2 hours for this shorter version, which still includes the castle and church.
Cley-next-the-sea via Wiveton Downs
The start point is a Coasthopper bus stop in Cley-next-the-Sea for this 4.7 mile walk taking approximately 2.5 hours. The walk is mostly along country roads, with a bit of a steep climb to reach the top of Wiveton Downs where the spectacular views are well worth the effort! Add at least 1.5 hours extra if walking 3.3 miles for the extended Bayfield Bird Walk.
Holt - Sheringham
Allow about 5 hours for this 8 mile linear walk. Exploring different aspects of the Norfolk landscape, from pine woods to the fabulous Kelling Heath, then down to the coast through a wooded valley and grazing marshes behind the shingle bank before finishing with a cliff top walk. Catch a bus or, for a real treat, a steam train from Sheringham to the start of the walk at High Kelling.
This challenging 6.7 mile walk takes about 3.5 hours to complete. The walk includes 4 quiet lanes, which are quiet country roads particularly suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It also includes several public footpaths and bridleways across fields linked by a series of stiles and bridges.
Overstrand via Northrepps
Allow up to two hours for this 4 mile rural walk which takes you inland and well away from the busy coast. The walk explores the hilly agricultural landscape via a mix of quiet lanes, public footpaths and farm tracks as well as through the fascinating village of Overstrand.
Sea Palling via Hempstead
Allow at least 3 hours for this 6.2 mile walk which takes you through a land of reed-fringed ditches, tree-lined farm tracks and winding country roads. The walk finishes on a long stretch of beach. Although this is an easy, flat walk, the open landscape often has strong winds giving an added sense of exposure and that last beach section certainly makes your legs ache!
Snettisham via Sedgeford
Allow approximately 3 hours for this 6 mile walk along a mix of rural footpaths on undulating farm tracks and quiet country roads linking the two villages of Snettisham and Sedgeford. There is a great feeling of space and peace whilst walking through rolling, open farmland.
Snettisham woodland walk
Allow approximately 1.5 hours for this 2.6 mile woodland walk through Lodge Hill Plantation. This woodland walk is away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside towns and you can experience a little peace and quiet in the wood as well as enjoy some great views over the Wash from the edge of the wood.
The Explore More walk downloads consist of four pages as the example images below.
Please note that public transport services are particularly subject to changes and whilst we try to provide this information on the walk sheets you are advised to check before setting off (the version date on the bottom of the front page indicates when the download was last amended)
Enjoy your exploration!
Explore More was funded through the Sustainable Development Fund and a European Interreg IVB programme called Coast Alive.