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Walking in West Norfolk, Naturally

There are around 550 square miles of west Norfolk and every one of them has something to surprise, inspire and delight, with fabulous nature reserves, Fens waterlands and glorious sandy beaches. You can take it in along four major walking routes.

Burnham Overy Staithe couple coast walk

West Norfolk offers walkers lots of variety, including coast and countryside.

The 34-mile Nar Valley Way begins in the historic port of King’s Lynn which has a wealth of stunning listed buildings, heritage museums and medieval merchants’ homes.

King's Lynn Captain George Vancouver & The Custom House West Norfolk

Head out on the King’s Lynn Heritage Trail – from maritime history to Hanseatic heritage.

The focal point of the town is the 1683 Custom House on Purfleet Quay but you also won’t want to miss the Georgian Hanse House, True’s Yard Museum dedicated to the town’s fishing heritage, the Holy Trinity Guildhall, the largest and best-preserved medieval guildhall in England, or King’s Lynn Minster. If you like prehistory, discover the story of Seahenge at Lynn Museum.

They are all within a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and the station, which has regular direct trains to King’s Cross.

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Sandringham

Sandringham Hall and estate are open to the public for much of the year, with Royal Parkland open almost every day of the year.

When staying at their Sandringham House and Estate the Royal Family often arrive by train from London.

The Nar Valley Way also take in West Acre and Castle Acre before finishing at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum.

West Norfolk offers dramatic sunsets. Here at Burnham Overy Staithe is where Lord Nelson learnt to sail.

The Norfolk Coast Path begins at Hunstanton, a classic seaside resort with a large sandy beach and safe, shallow water and famous for its striped cliffs of Carr stone and red and white chalk. Here you’ll find great conditions for windsurfing, kite-surfing, land boarding and sailing.

As the only west-facing resort on the east coast of Britain, Hunstanton basks in sunshine long into the evening and visitors can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the promenade.

Holme Dunes beach West Norfolk

Holme Dunes Nature Reserve.

The coast here has tidal marshes and sandy beaches and is part of Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nature reserves with superb birdwatching can be found at RSPB Titchwell and Norfolk Wildlife Trust Holme Dunes.

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A little further east you can discover the birthplace of Nelson at Burnham Thorpe and at Burnham Market a delightful village of delis, eateries, boutiques and galleries. At Holkham you’ll discover a nature reserve and magnificent beach, and you can hire a cycle in the estate itself to find the herds of deer and explore the walled garden.

Holkham beach high tide aerial Mike Page

The beach at Holkham, backed by a national Nature Reserve, is regularly voted one of the best in the country.

Holkham beach can be reached from here and it is one of the most unspoilt, natural, and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. It is home to many fascinating habitats and rare species of flora and fauna that make up the Holkham National Nature Reserve.

Panoramic view of cyclists on the Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk.

Palladian Holkham Hall has impressive parkland and walled garden.

A short stroll from the beach reveals Holkham Hall, an 18th-century Palladian style house nestled within 25,000 acres of rolling parkland.

The Coast Path has a variety of adjoining circular walks and is well served by the Coastliner bus service.

Castle Acre West Norfolk

Atmospheric Castle Acre.

The Peddars Way is an ancient Roman road that goes south from Holme-next-the-Sea, where it is joined to the Coast Path, and goes past the Royal Family’s estate of Sandringham, which is open year-round with the house and gardens open April-October.

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Houghton Hall has an impressive range of art and architecture.

A few miles away is Houghton Hall, renowned for its art shows and installations, also Norman Castle Rising, with one of the largest and best-preserved keeps in the country atop huge earthworks.

WWT Welney has good accessibility for birdwatchers.

The Fen Rivers Way takes you through the distinctive Fens landscape on a path that includes the internationally significant environment of the Ouse Washes. Stop off at the Welney Wetland Centre, home to thousands of wildfowl such as swans, wigeon and pochard. There are guided walks in the Summer.

BOOK YOUR STAY

There are trains from London Liverpool Street to King’s Lynn.

Great Northern connects King’s Lynn to King’s Street London, Cambridge and Peterborough.

Walking – Visit West Norfolk

Visit West Norfolk – The official tourism website for West Norfolk

Norfolk is the UK’s first Good Journey county