The Norfolk Coast Path: Hunstanton to Cromer

The Norfolk coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is internationally renowned for its prolific bird life. It has some of the finest salt marshes and sand dunes in Europe and a string of nature reserves on this fully guided itinerary, including: Holme Dunes, Scolt Head, Blakeney and Cley Marshes. This relaxed guided walking group tour trail allows plenty of time to watch the wildlife on this unspoiled and largely undeveloped stretch of the English coastline.

The Norfolk Coast Path unfolds along 90 miles of shoreline, revealing birdlife-rich salt
marshes, rolling sand dunes, flint fishing cottages and handsome harbour towns. Walk beside low sea cliffs with big expansive views, discover charming seaside towns and explore quaint villages with quirky pubs. As one of Britain’s most gentle long-distance trails, this wonderful route welcomes walkers of all abilities.

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The Norfolk Coast Path: Hunstanton to Cromer

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This guided trail holiday is operated by HF Holidays – an award-winning British heritage brand that has been leading the way for walking and special interest holidays since 1913.
All HF Holidays Leaders undergo a thorough assessment before guiding a trail, ensuring they’ve got the passion and knowledge to go beyond the guidebook and point out plenty of highlights along the way. One of the biggest advantages is convenience. They’ll take care of all the planning and navigation, leaving you free to focus on the joy of the journey.

Accommodation, food, and transport to and from walks are all included in your holiday price. You’ll stay in one of HF Holidays carefully selected partner hotels on a full-board basis.

HF Holidays grade this walk as a Level 2 – Easy

Walks are over good paths but slightly longer. Some walks, particularly in mountain
areas, may have sections over rough or steeper terrain.

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Starting in Hunstanton, this route quickly leaves the built-up areas behind and continues along beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and salt marshes to the classic seaside resort of Cromer. Highlights include stops at pretty villages such as Brancaster, Cley, Salthouse and Weybourne, as well as the atmospheric old fishing port of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Check–in at Caley Hall Hotel, Hunstanton is available from 3pm where your leader will join you for a welcome meeting prior to dinner.

Leaving Hunstanton, with its famous striped cliffs, we pass through Holme Dunes where The Wash meets the North Sea. The Dunes are renowned for rare birds, especially in spring and autumn when migrating birds are blown off course by strong easterly winds. From Thornham we head inland through a lonely landscape, before approaching Brancaster, which once had a regular sea trade in coal and grain and what is believed to have been one of the largest malthouses in the country. 16km / 10 miles


From Brancaster we head into Nelson country, a world of birds, creeks, wind and sky. England’s famous hero, Horatio Nelson, was born at Burnham Thorpe in 1758 and the area oozes the maritime theme, with inns such as the Nelson, the Victory and the Trafalgar. At Burnham Deepdale we follow the wide sweep of the sea bank stretching towards Scolt Head and Gun Hill before the marvellous vista of Holkham Bay opens up before us. It is the largest nature reserve in England and Wales, comprising grazing marsh, salt marsh, sand dunes, woodland and foreshore. We finish at Holkham Gap where there is a new eco-friendly cafe and Visitor Centre. 16km / 10 miles

An easy walk takes us to Wells next the Sea where there should be time for a coffee or a stroll around. On leaving Wells along paths of springy turf, salt marshes begin to dominate the landscape. Continuing along the coast is Morston village with its traditional pub, and as the footpath zig-zags alongside Agar Creek, the cobbled cottages of Blakeney come into view. This erstwhile trading port is a fine place to end the day. 16km / 10 miles

After curving out towards Blakeney Eye, the trail turns inland alongside marshland which was once open sea, as the name of our next port of call, Cley next the Sea, suggests. With its distinctive windmill this was formerly a port where wool was shipped to the Low Countries in the 13th century. From Cley, the sound of waves is our constant companion and exquisite vegetation such as sea holly and yellow horned poppy may be spotted. A short walk brings us to Weybourne, an old-world village with flint houses. 14.5km / 9 miles

Our final day starts with an energising cliff walk to Skelding Hill and the old coastguard lookout. The views are impressive as we start our descent to Sheringham – renowned for its lobsters, crabs and whelks. With no natural harbour the boats are hauled up on to the beach with their catch. Heading inland up to Beacon Hill, we reach the highest elevation in Norfolk at 105 metres (346ft). A short descent to the seafront takes us to Cromer pier where we can celebrate our journey’s end. 14.5km / 9 miles with 210m of ascent.

After breakfast depart for return travel.


Accommodation on this holiday is at the Caley Hall Hotel in Old Hunstanton. The original manor house dates back to 1648 and former stables and outhouses have been tastefully converted into 40 chalet-style rooms.

When you change from one hotel to another we will arrange for your luggage to be transferred for you. This is included in the cost of your holiday.


Train from Stansted Airport via Ely to Kings Lynn (1hr 40mins). Eurostar to London St Pancras then train to Kings Lynn.

Stena Line’s Dutchflyer Rail & Sail service provides city-to-city travel by rail and ferry from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Norwich, via Harwich International. Then either take a train or bus to north Norfolk.

The trail is well-served by the dependable Coasthopper bus service, making it easy to try a different walk every day from a fixed accommodation base or hop on and off the trail to explore whichever sections appeal.

To reach Old Hunstanton, either take the Coasthopper bus, which takes 40 minutes, or a taxi. There may be taxis available outside the train station or you can book one in advance by phoning Paul Cross Travel: 07769 511991.

Timetables for the Coasthopper bus can be found on the Sanders Coaches website or by visiting the Traveline website.

For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950. For National Rail enquiries from overseas call +44 (0)20 7278 5240


This guided trail holiday involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, with only modest ascents on your final day. There are some sections of walking on beach and/or shingle. HF Holidays want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your trip. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.

Food & Drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).


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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.

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