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Walking on the Norfolk Coast

The Norfolk Coast area has miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways for walkers to enjoy. It is 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.

With so many people visiting our beautiful coastline, the feeling of wilderness and space, so important for this AONB, 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 provided by the Norfolk Coast Partnership below 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.

On this page, we’ve collated some information about walking in the area. This includes some walks produced by the Norfolk Coast Partnership, as well as links to walks created by our member organisations and other public bodies, and some other more general information about walking and footpath maintenance in the area.

Visit our Active Map to see at a glance the walks in your area.

Norfolk Coast Partnership – our walks

We have produced 10 walks under the Explore More name. Each comes with a 4-page downloadable PDF which you can use, containing a map, instructions, guidance about the local area, and information on facilities and local spots for refreshments.

There are also five walks provided by the National Trust, each on a different National Trust site within the Norfolk Coast area.

We have also produced 10 Accessible Walks for All. These have been specifically assessed for their accessibility requirements, and are suitable for those with pushchairs or limited mobility. Each PDF contains a wealth of information on the suitability of each site as well as instructions and a map of the route.

View walks on the Active Map >
View the list of Explore More walks >
View the list of Accessible Walks for All >

Walking with your dog

Dogs and responsible dog walkers are very welcome on the Norfolk Coast with dogs allowed on many of the beaches all year round. The majority of pubs welcome dogs into their gardens and bar areas and a good number of accommodation providers allow dogs to stay.

Responsible dog ownership involves not only cleaning up after a pet but also avoiding disturbance to people, wildlife and livestock. Some areas are restricted for dogs or require them to be kept on leads at certain times of the year or in specified zones – please look out for these and follow the guidance.

Read further information on walking with your dog in the Norfolk Coast >

The National Trail

A Natural England and Norfolk Trails managed route

The National Trail combines two long distance walking trails; Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path.

The Peddars Way route between Knettishall Heath south east of Thetford to the coast at Holme-next-the-Sea that follows a route from Roman times and the original Norfolk Coast Path ran from Hunstanton to Cromer.

The combination of the two routes has it all. Visit timeless flint villages, dally by quiet streams, be stunned by the expanse of Norfolk’s beaches and skies and allow the setting sun over the coast to re-vitalise your spirit.

NOTE: Cycling is permissible along much of the Peddars Way unlike the Norfolk Coast Path where most is only public footpath classification (see cycling for more information).

The National Trail website has all the information you need to plan your walk along this beautiful trail, with everything from planning a trip to finding accommodation along its route.

Click here for further information from the National Trail website >

Norfolk Trails – Norfolk County Council

The success of the national route has helped a number of other long distance trails in Norfolk to be improved and featured in a new website from the Norfolk County Council called Norfolk Trails.

This website has lots of information on long distance trails, short and circular walks, cycle routes, and access tested trails. Some walks are within the Norfolk Coast area, and there are plenty more in the wider Norfolk region.

Visit the Norfolk Trails website from the Norfolk County Council >

Coast Alive Health Walks

Produced by Norfolk County Council, the Norfolk Health, Heritage and Biodiversity Walks aim to encourage people to enjoy local walks on a regular basis and to discover and experience the wealth of heritage and wildlife Norfolk has to offer through a variety of local footpaths.

There are guides based around the following areas: Aylsham, Cromer & Sheringham, Dereham, Diss & Harlestone, Downham Market, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Swaffham, Thetford, Watton, Wells & Fakenham, Wymondham. Many of the walks contained in these guides are located in or near the Norfolk Coast National Landscape.

Access the ‘Coast Alive’ Health Walks from the Norfolk County Council >

Further information

Footpath maintenance information

If you encounter any issues with the paths whilst out and about on rights of way in the Norfolk Coast area, please report them online at the Norfolk County Council website. Ideally, do so whilst you’re at the site, so you can pinpoint the precise position of the problem and take photos, enabling officers to have a clear idea of what is needed to resolve the issue.

Report a problem with footpaths in the area to the Norfolk County Council >

England Coast Path

The England Coast Path is a Government project to improve access to England’s coasts by the creation of a new National Trail.

Parts of the England Coast Path go through the Norfolk Coast area, for example:

  • Section 1: Weybourne to Sea Palling
  • Section 2: Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea
  • Section 3: Weybourne to Hunstanton

Click here to find out more about the England Coast Path in the East of England >

Click here to find out more about the National England Coast Path project >

Quick links

Short Walks
A range of short walks, both linear and circular.

Explore More walks >

National Trust walks >

Norfolk Trails walks >

Longer walks
The well-known long distance trails in the area can also be enjoyed as a series of short walks, either by using public transport or making use of the circular sections of varying lengths.

Norfolk Coast Path >

Peddars Way National Trail >

Paston Way >

The England Coast Path >

Accessible walks:

These walks have been assessed for accessibility for those with pushchairs, limited mobility or other accessibility needs.

Access For All walks >

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