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.
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.
Head out on the King’s Lynn Heritage Trail – from maritime history to Hanseatic heritage.
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.
Maritime history of King’s Lynn, Norfolk in ten buildings (and a few more)
From as early as the 13th century, King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports, beginning with trade around a ‘lin’, or estuarine lake, and quickly establishing links with cities in northern Europe through the Hanseatic League, a group of German cities whose ships travelled in convoys to deter pirates.
A massive upturned tree stump, surrounded by 54 wooden finger posts, Seahenge was revealed to a disbelieving world in 1998 at Holme Dunes near Hunstanton by shifting sands and shingle and a restless tide.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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