Our Favourite North Norfolk Springtime Walks
The cheerfulness of spring is difficult to ignore. The dull greys and browns of winter are swept aside by verdant hedgerows and budding trees, set against a backdrop of bird song.
Whether you’re a fair-weather walker or a seasoned enthusiast, springtime walking brings about the sensation of a renewed love affair. The warmth, light and colour encourage a feeling of vitality and renewed zest for the outdoors.
North Norfolk is glorious in spring, making it a perfect time to dust off your walking boots and head to the coast. Here are a few of our favourite springtime walks.
is Norfolk’s largest remaining area of ancient woodland, thought to be around 6,000 years old. It’s a gorgeous place to walk year round – tranquil, calm and serene.
However, people flock here in late April or early May to witness the riot of colour that carpets the woodland floor. Foxley is one of the UK’s most famous bluebell woods. Unlike many bluebell woods, which have a mere sprinkling of this delicate blue flower, at Foxley you’re greeted by a sea of blue, rolling into the distance.
There are many other woodland plants and flowers to enjoy, along with the full quota of woodland birds. Note, dogs are not permitted in this reserve.
, a four-mile sand and shingle spit at the top of the North Norfolk coast, is a true Norfolk icon. The area, managed by the National Trust, includes salt marshes, sand dunes, tidal mudflats and farmland.
The shingle habitat is home to a number of rare plant species such as horned sea poppy and scrubby sea blight, as well as sea lavender and sea campion. Plus, there’s an abundance of wildlife to enjoy, including grey and common seals and migrant terns that come here to breed.
The walk passes the bright blue lifeboat house, now an information centre about the reserve and the rare flora and fauna that live here.
, the private home of HM the Queen, sits in 24 hectares of stunning gardens. There’s always something beautiful to see, but in late spring the gardens come alive with rhododendrons and azaleas, while the lawns are neatly tendered and lush with fresh grass.
There are several gardens to explore, including the North Garden, which is full of herbaceous flowers and roses and bordered by the pleached lime avenue, several lakes, and a romantic rockery and grotto.
If you don’t want to pay to visit the grounds, surrounding Sandringham Park has several nature trails and woodland paths. And you’ll find plenty of stunning rhododendrons along the way.
The Norfolk Coastal Path
The Norfolk Coastal Path runs from Hunstanton along the North Norfolk coastline to Sea Palling. The walk takes three days to complete, and passes seaside towns and villages, wide sandy beaches, and tidal marshes teeming with wildlife. The entire coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you’re treated to an abundance of gorgeous views along the way. And don’t forget your binoculars as this is birding heaven, especially in the spring.
The Norfolk Coastal Path
If you don’t want to walk the whole coastline, there are plenty ofyou can walk along the way.
All of these walks are within an easy drive from the Lifeboat Inn in Thornham, where a hot meal and comfortable bed will welcome you at the end of the day.