Circular and Linear Walks

A dramatic cliff face on Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Circular and Linear Walks

Starting close to the sea in Cromer, this 6 mile walk quickly shifts from town to country. Following the Weavers’ Way inland, the route soon passes Cromer Hall. Though not open to the public, the Gothic Revival architecture of this impressive building can be admired from the path.

Then, after heading across open parkland and through the sleepy village of Felbrigg, travel back in time – at least architecturally speaking – to Jacobean Felbrigg Hall. As a National Trust property, Felbrigg Hall and most of its estate are open to the public. Parts of the estate are designated as Sites of Special Scientific interest, supporting a vast array of wildlife. At dusk, it’s not uncommon to see barn owls gliding low across the parkland here.

Leaving the Felbrigg Estate and Weavers’ Way, the walk follows the intriguingly named lane called ‘Lion’s Mouth’ uphill through stunning beech woodland before looping back to Cromer via the wooded hills of East Runton.

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There is much to see on this 7 mile walk from the pretty little village of Happisburgh. Heading along the clifftop towards Walcott you are walking above the site where early human footprints were found in sediment on the beach in 2013, which contributed to the coining of this area as the Deep History Coast. The famous Happisburgh Handaxe, an early flint ‘multi-tool’ was also found on the beach nearby.

Further along the cliff top, the remains of a World War II radar station are a stark contrast to the surrounding arable land. St Mary's Church at Happisburgh is also prominent in the landscape, standing proud on its hill, which makes it seem even taller. In the north east corner of the churchyard is the mass grave for the crew of HMS Invincible, which sadly foundered offshore in 1801 on its way to join Nelson's fleet. From one church to another, the walk meanders cross-country along paths and lanes to the more modest church of St Peter in Ridlington. 

The walk begins and ends close to Happisburgh’s famous red and white lighthouse, tours of which can be organised throughout the year – check the Happisburgh website for details. From the lantern room, the view is breath-taking and on clear days it is possible to see the superstructures of oil rigs, far off shore.

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An 8 mile (12km) walk accessible by public transport from Wells and Fakenham.

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The northern half of this 3.5 mile walk follows the route of the former Midland and Great Northern Railway, another remnant of a more industrial past, which now forms part of the Weavers’ Way trail.

The gates of Honing Lock were removed long ago, so you will hear the water gushing through, long before you see it. On a summer’s day, this man made waterfall, the dense vegetation and wild flowers that surround it could have you thinking you’ve stepped out of Norfolk and into a jungle. The lock now represents the head of navigation for the North Walsham and Dilham Canal, so along with the various fauna of the wet woodland and the cattle that graze the fields beyond, you’re likely to encounter cheery canoeists as you walk. 

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Starting from Bure Park, Great Yarmouth, this 7 mile walk follows the River Bure out of town and onto Mautby Marsh.

Though the walk takes you no further than three miles from the bustling town, there’s a delightful sense of solitude to be found on the high flood banks that cross the marsh. It’s a glimpse of a landscape that’s seen little change in hundreds of years. The drainage mills that once kept the marsh dry enough for grazing have long since been superseded by electric-powered pumping stations, but many still stand and can be seen in the distance along the banks of the Bure.

The route passes Mautby Marsh drainage mill, now a residential property, but well-restored, sails and all. Though it no longer pumps water, the owners still turn the sails every few months to keep water from settling and causing them to rot.

Back at the start, picturesque Bure Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

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This 6 mile walk takes a slightly elevated route between Mundesley and Gimingham, and typically of Norfolk, this slight rise in the land is all that’s needed to enjoy stunning views across the lush countryside. As you ramble along in the lee of the Cromer ridge, count the many church towers that stand proud of the patch-work arable and grazing land and watch smoke rise from the chimneys of Gimingham and Trunch. 

Two of the fine medieval churches can be enjoyed at close quarters on this walk - All Saints church in Gimingham lies just to the south of the route and in Trunch you'll pass directly by St Botolph's. 

Quiet lanes lead back to picturesque Mundesley where you can enjoy beautiful views overlooking the sea. The Norfolk Coast Path and Paston Way both pass through Mundesley, making it easy to explore the area further.

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This 8.5 mile walk has lots to see, including Overstrand itself. The pretty seaside village was a very fashionable resort at the end of the 19th century and several impressive buildings date from this time. One example is The Pleasaunce, a house and gardens built in the late 19th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lord and Lady Battersea. The walk skirts the grounds of this as you head south from the start.

Continuing along the walk, the disused railway that runs just south of Overstrand has returned to nature since its closure in 1953, and is now a County Wildlife Site. Heading south from here, the best views of the rolling farmland that characterises much of the route can be found.

The walk passes two fine medieval churches - St Mary’s in Northrepps and the church of St James in Southrepps with its ornate tower. Both are worth making a stop for.
Likewise, the two large 18th Century barns of Winspurs Farm (thought to have been a base for smugglers during the Napoleonic era) are striking examples of the diversity of architecture in the area.

Keep an eye out for the Shrieking Pit, a tree-shaded pond that you will pass to the east of Northrepps, which as local legend has it, is haunted by the spectre of a girl said to have been drowned there. From Hungry Hill the way descends to the disused railway line again, once a World War Two training area, before returning to Overstrand.

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This 7 mile (11km) circular walk takes you round the pretty Norfolk village of Ringstead and its surrounding countryside. It starts at the Gin Trap pub, where you can see a set of stocks, as a reminder of the days when offenders were punished by fellow villagers.

The walk then takes you out of the village and along the Peddars Way National Trail and past the Sedgeford borehole where local drinking water is drawn from the rock below.

Continuing round the walk, it passes Courtyard Farm, which is the home of conservationist, Lord Melchett. Circular walks have been created on the farm, showing the work that they do and the specially created wildlife habitats.

This walk then continues up and onto some quiet grassy tracks, with magnificent views over the coastline, before continuing down onto quiet country lanes and back into the village. 

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The 9 mile route can be followed in either direction, and whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the North Norfolk coast, intimate woodland paths and sunken lanes as you climb toward the summit of Beacon Hill, also known locally as ‘Roman Camp’. Standing 103 metres above sea level, the hill is part of the Cromer ridge, a line of glacial moraines formed during the last Ice Age. A great challenge for any walker, the climb is worth it not only for the view, but also the unique feeling of reaching the highest point in the whole of East Anglia.

In spite of the name, it’s likely that there was never any Roman occupation on the site. The earthworks that you’ll see on your walk are probably the remains of a signal station built during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s thought that the term ‘Roman Camp’ was actually coined by the drivers of horse-drawn cabs in the late 19th Century as a way of making the area more appealing to tourists. 

Continuing on to Cromer, the walk undulates along hedged tracks between mixed woodland and open fields, before reaching the town and iconic pier. After enjoying the Victorian seaside resort, follow the Norfolk Coast Path back to West Runton beach. Heading along the cliff top with short detours inland, keep an eye out for surfers enjoying the waves and para-gliders launching themselves from the cliffs.

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In the past, Salthouse has indeed lived up to its name.  Salt from seawater was produced here as long ago as the eleventh century and Sarbury Hill, over which the route passes, was called Salt Hill on a map of 1649.

This 5 mile (8km) walk starts in the village near to the shop and pub.  It meanders upwards out of the village to Salthouse Heath, from which there are extensive views over the coastline from Sheringham to Blakeney Point and beyond.

The footpath along the ridge coincides with the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

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

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