Circular and Linear Walks

A dramatic cliff face on Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Circular and Linear Walks

Starting in the seaside village of Bacton village, this walk takes in a beautiful area of Norfolk. Most of the time you'll not even be aware that the extensive industrial complex of Bacton Gas Terminal lies on the cliff top to the west of the village. The route crosses verdant countryside to link St Andrew’s church (just outside the village) with the much older round tower church of St Margaret at Witton. Both are worth visiting, though while the former is open to the public, the latter can only be entered by appointment with the wardens.

The route is mostly flat and open, with the land rolling gently towards the sea. The views across fields and pleasant grazing meadows are particularly enjoyable on an autumn morning, with far off leaves on the turn and mist clinging to the gentle landscape. Returning to Bacton there are plenty of opportunities for refreshment, as well as the beach for picnics. To explore the area further you can easily pick up sections of Paston Way or the Norfolk Coast Path which both run nearby.



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This 7.5 mile (12km) walk follow sea defence walls, roads and rights of way and visits the villages of Cley, Wiveton and Blakeney.

The River Glaven, which runs beside the route for part of the way, was once a navigable river for sea vessels and served the ports of Wiveton and Cley.  Blakeney village was also once a port, but ceased trading before 1914 as a result of the arrival of the railways and the New Cut channel silting up.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service. 

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This 4.5 mile (7km) route follows some minor roads but runs mainly on soft lanes and coastal paths.  The inland sections offer superb views over the coast from the dizzying heights of up to 50 metres above sea level!  The remainder of the route follows the edge of the Brancaster Marsh on raised banks and boardwalks, with extensive views of this unique habitat and its wildlife.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service.

Download a map of both of the Brancaster circular walks here.



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This 4.5 mile (7km) route follows minor roads, soft lanes and coastal paths and offers superb coastal views.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service.

Download the map for Brancaster Circular walks 1 and 2 here



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Burgh Castle is one of the best preserved Roman sites in the country. Built in the late 3rd Century AD, the thick walls of the fort are still an impressive sight. Originally, the fort would have guarded an area that the Romans referred to as the ‘Saxon Shore’. Though the Roman Empire crumbled, the walls remained to house Saxons and later, Norman lords who redeveloped the fort into a motte and bailey castle.

Whilst the site is rich with history, it is also a beautiful place to wander, with panoramic views across Breydon Water to the mills and marshes beyond. The nutrient-rich mudflats of Breydon Water are teeming with life, which draws in a wide variety of wading birds to exploit the rich source of food. The surrounding grazing marshes also support a wide range of wildlife, including vast flocks of wildfowl such as pink footed geese and widgeon in the winter months.

This short walk is perfect for an afternoon out and offers good access for all. The stunning area can easily be explored further, with Angles Way passing Burgh Castle on its way out of Great Yarmouth, alongside Breydon Water and the River Waveney towards Somerleyton.



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Starting in the historic village of Castle Acre, with its Cluniac Priory and eleventh century castle, this 6.5 mile (10km) walk follows the Peddars Way National Trail, old drove roads and lanes. It returns to the village following the River Nar, on part of the Nar Valley Way.

Much of the of the River Nar is a river valley Site of Special Scientific Interest and supports many interesting flowers, such as yellow rattle and meadowsweet. 

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Starting from the marshes at Morston, which are owned by the National Trust, this 5.5 mile (8km) walk weaves its way away from the coast along the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, through woodland adjacent to a babbling river to the village of Cockthorpe. Standing on a ridge of high land, Cockthorpe offers stunning views all around.

Heading back, the route passes through the old Langham Airfield indicatated now only by the concrete tracks and the poultry sheds which seem to dominate so many disused airfields. The airfield was built during the Second World War and was a base for planes including Beaufighters, Hurricanes, Mosquitoes and Wellingtons.

Looking down towards the coast Blakeney Point can be seen. This shingle ridge or 'spit' is 4.5 miles long and is built up by the action of the sea.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service. 

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This walk may be short but there’s plenty to see. The route follows the quickly ascending clifftop path out of Cromer, soon rewarding any walker’s efforts with stunning views across the town and undulating cliffs beyond. On a clear day, offshore wind farms can be seen, as well as the many ships that ply the North Sea routes off the Norfolk Coast.

After savouring the views, wander down through Warren Woods. The woods were once part of the pleasure grounds of The Warren, and many typical broadleaved tree species can be found here including beech, oak and lime. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in spring, you’ll be welcomed by a carpet of bluebells and white ransoms.

The walk can easily be extended to take in the lighthouse up close. While not open to the public, the area around the octagonal tower and keeper’s cottage is accessible. After finishing this walk there’s plenty to do in Cromer - not least a stroll on the pier, visiting one of the fascinating museums or simply enjoying an ice-cream on the beach.



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Though canals are commonplace across much of the country, the Dilham Canal is the only one in the whole of Norfolk. Wider than the standard, the canal was designed to carry wherries, a type of boat particular to the Broads, laden with produce to the mills. However, it was constructed at a time which soon put it in direct competition with the railways. Gradual silting up and damage caused by the great storm of 1912 hastened its decline. It now provides a haven for wildlife, especially on the wooded stretches you’ll encounter on this walk. If you’re lucky, you might spot an otter swimming quietly through the water, or even a shining blue kingfisher perched high on a branch.

The northern portion of the walk skirts the woodland of Honing Common and passes St Peter’s and St Paul’s church before crossing fields back to East Ruston Village.



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This 7 mile (11km) walk follows part of the Peddars Way and the Great Eastern Pingo Trail, a circular walk created by Norfolk County Council.  

Old Farm near Illington shows some fine examples of 19th century farm buildings, and also near Illington there is the site of a Saxon Cemetery.  The Stanford Battle Area comprises some 17,000 acres, much of which is open heath unchanged for the past 200 years.  Most of the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  The Parish of Wretham has within its boundaries Ringmere and Langmere, two of the several meres that exist in the Breckland area.  The water level in these meres is governed by the amount of water held in the underlying chalk - the meres have a history of widely fluctuating water levels.  Another large mere existed on what is now Cranberry Rough, which was the site of Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age) settlements.

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