A gentle coastal walk from the whispering reedbeds of Cley and Blakeney to the elegant Victorian seaside resorts of Sheringham and Cromer. Discover the abundant wildlife making its home on the wildest stretch of the Norfolk Coast, browse among independent galleries and boutiques and sample some of the finest seafood the English coast has to offer.
A short three-day walk which showcases the stark contrasts to be found in this quiet corner of England. Start your adventure on the tip of a lonely peninsula where hundreds of seals haul themselves out onto the remote beaches and seabirds wheel on the salty breeze overhead. Revel in the silence and solitude of the saltmarshes where the only sounds are the crashing of waves on the shingle beach and the whistling of the wind through the reedbeds. Indulge in a spot of fine dining in the stylish surroundings of Michelin-starred Morston Hall or pick up a bag of smoked prawns and enjoy a simple picnic on the beach. Take a detour inland on a wonderfully restored steam train to browse among the shops of the picturesque old town of Holt then continue over the undulating sea cliffs to the genteel coastal resort of Cromer – crustacean capital of England. Collect a fresh crab sandwich and wander along to the end of the pier to savour the definitive English seaside experience.
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Coastal / Food & Drink / Nature
By Water / Rolling Countryside
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The perfect route for a long weekend walking break, this compact three-day itinerary offers a tantalising taste of Norfolk and includes ample time for further exploration. Extending from the wildest stretch of the North Norfolk Coast to the bustling resort of Cromer, the contrast between the landscapes could not be starker.
Accommodation on this stretch of the Norfolk coast is abundant and varied, ranging from comfortable campsites to cosy B&Bs and upmarket hotels at both ends of our route. The Coasthopper bus service makes walking each section from a single base perfectly feasible.
The walking on this coast is undemanding but rewarding and these itineraries are designed to combine walking with sight-seeing on foot or by using the Coasthopper bus service. The path can be walked all year round and in the summer months, sunscreen is likely to be more important than stout walking boots.
This stretch of the Norfolk coast can lay legitimate claim to offering some of the best seafood on the east coast. Cromer crab sandwiches are a national institution while the smoked prawns on offer at Cley Smokehouse are the sweetest you’ll ever taste. Cookies Crab Shop at Salthouse is another local favourite and the delicatessens in Cley and Holt stock some of the region’s finest produce. The elegant surroundings of Morston Hall combine Michelin-starred sparkle with the very best seasonal, local ingredients to mouthwatering effect.
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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