Outdoor adventures in Norfolk this Summer

Norfolk outdoors

It’s time to grab the Factor 50, because summer is well and truly here in Norfolk! And after twelve weeks of being cooped up indoors, we know many of you are itching to get back outside. This week, we’re bringing you the best of Norfolk outdoors! From the 36 mile Boudicca Way trail to the outstanding Norfolk Coast Path, we’re mapping some of the best outdoor adventures for you to enjoy in Norfolk this summer. (Note: make sure to check individual websites for information on toilet facilities)

 

Boudicca Way

Named after the legendary warrior and Queen of the Iceni whose tribes once inhabited the area, this 36 mile walkway is a must for avid walkers and adventurers. Boudicca Way passes through the rural countryside of south Norfolk and the Waveney Valley using Public Rights of Way and quiet country roads, where visitors can find unusual wildlife. On your journey you’ll also enjoy picturesque villages such as Shotesham, Saxlingham Nethergate and Pulham Market. And for the historians amongst your group, we recommend a stop at Venta Icenorum, the beautifully preserved remains of the largest Roman town in East Anglia. After Venta Icenorum’s discovery in the 1920s, there’s been a wealth of historic discoveries at the site, making for an immersive experience for all who visit.

 

South Walsham Broad and Fairhaven

The Norfolk Broads have been a local and tourist hot spot for years, and with over 200 kilometres of navigable waterways it’s hardly surprising! The stunning waterways also offer up some of the best walking trails in the country, with miles of walkways to be explored. We recommend a visit to South Walsham, a typical, quaint broadland village just one mile from the South Walsham Broads. Enjoy picturesque cottages, small village churches and miles of walkways. The South Walsham Broad is actually split in two, with the inner Broad belonging to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Fairhaven is planning to reopen it’s doors to visitors in early July and if you haven’t visited before then we’d encourage you to add it to the list. There, you will discover 130 acres of ancient woodlands and a water garden, teeming with wildlife and over 95 species of bird.

The Norfolk Coast Path

This one is definitely for the adventurous type. Running from Hunstanton in west Norfolk round to Sea Palling on the north east Norfolk coast, the Norfolk Coast Path offers up hours of exploration. The majority of this walking trail runs through the dramatic landscape of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so don’t forget to take your camera with you! Originally, the trail ended at Cromer but in December 2014, Norfolk’s first stretch of England Coast Path opened, extending the Norfolk Coast Path to Sea Palling and taking the trail to a mammoth 83 miles. There are good public transport routes along much of the trail and various shorter, circular walks if you’re just looking to stretch your legs.

Photo: Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Holkham Park

We’re so excited to hear that Holkham Hall has decided to open Holkham Park to the public again (see here for details). This stunning landscape provides the perfect day out, with acres of green spaces for you to enjoy. It’s a photographers paradise too, providing stunning shots of the magnificent 18th century Holkham Hall, which is home to the Earls of Leicester. The park is also home to a large herd of Fallow Deer, so keep an eye out for them. Currently, Holkham Hall itself and the Walled Garden, Holkham Stories Experience, The Courtyard Café and Gift Shop, Ropes Course, Boat Hire and Woodland Play Area will remain closed. However, toilet facilities will be available at the park. Make sure to visit their website for the latest updates.

 

Pensthorpe Natural Park

With over 700 acres of woodland walks, nature trails and lakes for you to explore, Pensthorpe Natural Park is a fantastic summer day out for all ages, offering a truly immersive experience for families, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. This modern nature reserve will be reopening to the general public on 1 July and we cannot wait to get back. Initially they’ll be limiting the number of visitors to ensure people can maintain social distancing, so we’d recommend booking your tickets now to avoid missing out.

2019 Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair Pensthorpe Launch. Photo : Steve Adams