The Norfolk Coast Path is a stunning long-distance trail that showcases the golden beaches, pretty villages and glorious wildlife of the East Anglian coast.
The entire route stretches for 84 miles from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea, through a landscape taking in everything from busy seaside towns and tidal marshes to sweeping sand dunes and huge skies that seem to stretch beyond the horizon.
Walking the whole Norfolk Coast Path is a big undertaking that involves long days on foot and multiple overnight stops, so plan your trip carefully by booking accommodation in advance. Or, if you don’t fancy the whole trail, simply pick out your favourite sections and walk them as single-day routes.
Highlights of the Norfolk Coast Path include Hunstanton Cliffs; the RSPB nature reserve at Titchwell; the beautiful villages of Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Overy Staithe; the vast sandy expanse of Holkham Beach; the pinewoods, beach huts and quirky shops of Wells-Next-The-Sea; the seal colonies at Blakeney Point; and much, much more.
If you fancy an even longer challenge, you can link the Norfolk Coast Path with the Peddars Way (an old Roman Road through the Brecks from Hunstanton to Knettishall Heath). That extends the route to 94 miles and forms one of Britain’s 15 official National Trails.
This route was voted 71st in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: The Norfolk coast is one of Britain’s most underrated outdoor destinations. Glorious beaches, glorious wildlife, glorious villages and glorious walking.
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