Accessible walks for all
These are a selection of walks which provide an opportunity for everyone from pushschair users to those with limited mobility to experience the wonderful diversity of the landscapes and wildlife of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
A land of beaches, salt and freshwater marshes, heaths, dunes and woodlands, country parks, stately homes and distinctive flint villages. Residents and visitors can experience and enjoy the area in all its moods and savour the special and ever changing wildlife, light and colours, sounds and scents. Gold and brown hues of winter make way for greens and the purple haze of summer sea lavender, rustle of a gentle breeze and foraging wildlife to the spectacular sounds of wintering geese, the aromatic scents of coast, woodland and heath.
Many sites are based on the Easy Access to the Norfolk Coast AONB - a guide to easily accessible countryside sites produced in 2000 through National Lottery funding. With a diversity of user requirements in accessing the countryside the Norfolk Coast Partnership has tried to adapt the information available to provide visitors to the countryside to assess which areas of the site will be suitable to their individual needs.
The routes are suitable for shortening or extending, have no formal disability audits but instead have desciptions, images and information provided by organisations managing the site.
(The Norfolk Coast Partership does not own or manage any property but it's member organisations who do can provide further information on their site)
LENGTH OF WALKS Each suggested walk information includes a guide as to the distance but being based around a site or location they are suitable for shortening or extending to meet a users individual requirements, interests and abilities.
The following list of locations can also be used as a shortcut to detailed information by clicking on the highligthed site name.
Bacton Woods With its rich diversity of trees and plants, insects, birds and animals this mixed woodland and open areas of heather, broom and gorse provide a variety of colour throughout the seasons.
Cley Marshes Walk through beautiful reedbeds to easy access viewing hides, watch and listen to the wildlife and whispering reeds. Enjoy a welcome cuppa at the eco-friendly visitor centre with its panoramic views across the reserve and this dynamic coastline.
Felbrigg Estate 17th century stately home of Felbrigg Hall with walled gardens and extensive parkland and woods to explore. This National Trust property offers a great opportunity for everyone to get out and enjoy.
Hickling Broad Splendid peaceful and beautiful reserve set on the Norfolk Broads, home to variety of rare flora and fauna including the elusive bittern and attractive swallowtail butterfly. Freshwater marshes, reedbeds, ponds and river boat trip; boardwalks, accessible hides, marsh woodland, viewpoints and walks.
Holkham Nature Reserve Pinewoods, salt and freshwater marshes, sand dunes and spectacular coastline with accessible boadwalk, hide and viewpoints across Holkham Bay..
Holt Country Park On the edge of the Georgian town of Holt with accessible and waymarked woodland paths, open glades and a network of tracks to explore, adventure play area, picnic areas, education facilities and organised family events for everyone to enjoy the countryside.
Horsey Mere A short easy walk with plenty to see from boats to birds and water to wind turbines at one of a few remaining drainage mills. This majestic and much photographed mill is open to public whether to sit and watch the visiting craft come and go or even take a boat trip around the mere.
Kelling Heath Set amongst glorious heath and woodland on the Cromer Ridge with a rich diversity of plants, insects, birds and wildife on this sensitively managed holiday park. Access walk includes viewpoint with iconic costal views and a chance to savour the past of the steam train passing by.
Sandringham Country Park Spectacular spring rhododendron lined estate roads to autumns splendours, accessible woodlands and open parkland alongside the heritage of Sandringham House and gardens.
Sheringham Park Spectacular parkland designed by Humphrey Repton, a renowned landscape gardener of the early 1800s wih magnificent rhododendron and azalea collections and lovely views of the coast.
Titchwell Nature Reserve With fresh water reedbeds, salt marshes, lagoons and sand dunes this very accessible site is not just for birdwatchers. See orchids, dragonflies, butterflies and marsh harriers in the summer to great flocks of geese, waders and other migratory birds in the winter.
If you don't feel up to a walk in the countryside then here are some town based walk ideas that offer something a little different.
Cromer An opportunity to enjoy views along the coastline and over the sea from the lower and cliftop promenades, each about a mile end to end and then there's also the Pier and the town itself to make this a full day out with something for all the family.
Hunstanton & Heacham Promenade walk to enjoy the smells, sights and sounds of the seaside without worry. Lovely sunsets across the Wash, views of the iconic cliffs, beach and water users from bait digging to wind surfing, boisterous gulls, diving terns, feeding waders and spectacular bird flocks.
Sheringham An old seaside fishing town with short promande walks, no pier or amusements instead there is history and art. The Mo lifeboat museum with the Sheringham Shoal windfarm viewing tower above, fishermen's heritage centre, unique shell museum and various plaques to the towns history.
This refreshed format of information has been produced with the aim of making it useful for everyone to experience and enjoy the varied landscape of the area. Not all countryside sites provide all facilities so by trying to provide enough information prior to visiting that an informed decision on suitability and expectation can be made. We would very much welcome any comments and feedback to enable improvements to be made.
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