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