The Norfolk Coast Path stretches right around the edge of the East Anglian county. But it reaches its zenith on the section between the classic seaside towns of Sheringham and Cromer. This ancient shoreline, formed two million years ago and still flecked with fossils, is lined by tall, dramatic cliffs. Indeed, Norfolk’s highest point is here. Though, in this famously flat region, that is only 105m…
But lack of height does not mean lack of drama. From the wide wind-blustered shores (popular with bathers, surfers and sometimes seals) to the unspoiled rural hinterland, this is a landscape rich in history – that’s why its named the Deep History Coast. Woolly mammoths, marauding Vikings, eccentric Georgians and holidaying Victorians have all left their marks here. And thanks to a network of designated trails – including long-distance routes like the Norfolk Coast Path and the Weavers’ Way – it’s simple and enticing to discover it for yourself.
The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.
Walks from 10km to 17km
Easy / Moderate
Connecting Villages & Towns / By Water
History / Food & Drink / Wildlife / Coastal
Walking / Heritage / Hands On
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Head to North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast for four days of walking and discovery, a mix of bracing trails, seaside resorts, handsome market towns, glorious stately homes and a proper pub or two.
The Norfolk coast has a variety of accommodation, from hotels and hostels to family-run B&Bs and campsites. Here are a few of the many options.
Many of the pubs and hotels listed under the Accommodation section also offer food, from classics to fine dining. Additionally, seek out some of the region’s characterful cafes.
The Norfolk coast offers excellent walking, with easy, level strolls and some surprising undulating sections too.
For further walking inspiration visit The Outdoor Guide.
The area of the Norfolk coast around Aylsham and Sheringham is particular rich in history, from prehistoric settlements to elegant country houses. There are opportunities to get hands-on too.
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 worlds longest continuous coastal trail.
For further coastal walks visit England’s Coast.
Sheringham and Cromer are reachable by train from Norwich. The nearest train station to Aylsham is North Walsham (11km east); buses run Aylsham-Norwich. Various bus routes also provide public transport options along the way. This coastal part of North Norfolk has a reliable Coasthopper service operated by Sanders Coaches. This enables most parts of this route to be replaced by bus if required.
Walks are graded easy/moderate.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
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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.