Aspects of North Norfolk: Walking & Exploring Short Break
A paradise for walkers and birdlife alike, the North Norfolk coast is a place of big skies and broad golden beaches, of salt marshes, sand dunes and twisty tidal creeks, and of historic harbour villages that are home to accommodation of both quality and character.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the region’s show-stopping coastline on this short walking holiday, which also explores the county’s rural interior: its peaceful woodland, gorgeous flint-and-brick cottages and vast landed estates – among them sprawling Holkham Hall and the royal favourite, Sandringham. The routes are leisurely and flexible, in places following the Norfolk Coast Path and aided by an efficient local bus network that allows you to adapt the walks and decide where to linger longest – will it be on the sands at Holkham, beside the magical creeks of Burnham Overy Staithe or amid the charming Georgian architecture of Burnham Market, Norfolk’s prettiest town?
The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.
Walks from 8.5km to 12.5km
Rolling Countryside / Connecting Villages & Towns / By Water
History / Food & Drink / Wildlife / Coastal
Activities & Experiences
Walking / Heritage
Aspects of North Norfolk: Walking & Exploring Short Break
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This itinerary is being operated by Inntravel, who specialise in self-guided walking breaks that explore the lesser-known paths and find the hidden corners. Their itineraries focus on travelling slowly, immersing yourself in the destination, and using small hotels and characterful accommodation.
Inntravel will arrange your whole tour: you just need to arrange transport to your first location.
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Experience the best of Norfolk’s celebrated coastline and rural interior on this four-day self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday. Follow easy routes across sweeping sands to top-class nature reserves; visit stately Holkham Hall and the Sandringham Estate; and stay in pretty villages in upmarket accommodation.
Day 1 Set out from Snettisham
Day 2 Snettisham to Holkham
Day 3 Holkham
This holiday features two particularly enticing places to stay – a quintessential country pub and an impressive Victorian hotel. Your first night is spent at The Rose & Crown (the first of two nights here). As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
The Rose & Crown, Snettisham (four-star country inn) – Open fires, twisty passages and roses climbing around the door – the picture-perfect Rose & Crown is everyone’s romantic vision of an English country inn. Built in the 14th century to house those working on the village church, the inn has a long tradition of hospitality and is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. While the public rooms are packed with character, the comfortable bedrooms are decorated in a simple, modern style, featuring bright seaside shades. Meal arrangements: breakfast only.
The Victoria Inn, Holkham (country hotel) – Located at the gates of Holkham Hall, this is an imposing Victorian building with presence, style and tradition. The hotel is often praised for its food, much of which is sourced from the Holkham Estate itself, and for the friendliness of its staff, who make ‘The Vic’ a particularly happy place to stay. Bedrooms are individually styled and are situated in either the main hotel or the ‘Ancient House’, a two-minute walk away. Also within easy reach are the golden sands of Holkham, one of the country’s most unspoiled beaches. Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast.
Food & Drink
The North Norfolk coast is renowned for excellent seafood. Brancaster mussels and Cromer crabs are particular specialities, while you’ll also find very tasty fish and chips. The Victoria Inn in Holkham is well-regarded for its food – this itinerary includes two dinners at the hotel.
The grade of this tour is easy – walks are largely gentle, and buses can be used to shorten distances if required.
- Snettisham circular, 10km
- Snettisham to Thornham, 8.5km (Snettisham to Burnham Deepdale, 12.5km)
- Holkham circular, 9.5km or 11.5km
Mix walks with other experiences on this North Norfolk holiday.
- RSPB Snettisham – Observation hides look over the saline lagoons, salt marsh and mudflats of the Wash; flocks of tens of thousands of wading birds can sometimes be seen.
- Sandringham Hall & Estate – Much-loved country estate of The Queen; house and gardens are open to visitors, plus there’s an on-site cafe and gift shop.
- Holkham Estate – Expansive working estate, with parkland, a fine old house, museum, tea rooms and craft and garden centres.
Passing through seaside towns, picturesque villages and landscapes rich in wildlife, heritage and geological interest, the Norfolk Coast Path offers gentle walking along a varied and beautiful coastline. It forms part of the English Coast Path – the world’s longest continuous coastal trail.
The nearest train station to Snettisham is King’s Lynn, a 25-minute drive away. The nearest stations to Holkham are Sheringham (around 45 minutes) and King’s Lynn (55 minutes).
The Coasthopper bus runs along the North Norfolk Coast year-round serving many villages en route, including Hunstanton, Holkham and Wells.
This trip is graded easy – generally gentle walking with few ascents and descents, but perhaps the occasional long day. The trip is available between 1 April and 31 October.
The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. Many of the walks we suggest can be tailored using the excellent local bus service; pay locally for this, and for any other journeys, visits or excursions you undertake.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
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Maps, Guidebooks & Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.