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Norwich is the perfect place for walkers and bike-enthusiasts alike. It’s a very compact city, made for walking. With pedestrianised streets, alleys and nooks and crannies everywhere, it’s a charming place to stroll around. Take it at your own pace – stop for a coffee, linger at a medieval church. Peek in, look up and definitely slow down. Or if it’s the active life you want – there are plenty of cycle routes to explore. Not to mention country parks with acres of land just around the corner…
Norwich prides itself on its rich history which can be seen around every corner. Through streets like Elm Hill, medieval merchant’s houses like Strangers’ Hall and architecture such as The Guildhall and The Forum. Visit not one but two cathedrals and city green spaces such as the site of Kett’s rebellion at Mousehold Heath and our wondrous Norman castle, high on its mound. There’s a reason to take time to see it all, its glorious diversity, its unexpected ‘old-meets-new’. However, ahead of getting out into our streets and green spaces, please remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our wonderful outdoors.
Norwich is truly best explored on foot. Winding cobbled streets, riverside walks, and iconic buildings to explore. From wandering through 44 acres of Cathedral grounds, to exploring the most complete medieval street in Norwich.
Follow two disused railway lines between Norwich and the historic market town of Aylsham. This 26 mile long walking route is home to the Wensum Valley Special Area of Conservation. The landscape hosts rare and protected birds, reptiles, mammals, and plants, as well as great riverside views.
Looking for fun days out with the little ones? We’ve got you covered! Norwich is full of brilliant parks and gardens that make for the perfect family day out.
Just a short walk or drive from Norwich city centre you will find the Whitlingham Country Park. With over 280 acres of beautiful countryside this is a perfect spot for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and family outings. Enjoy cycle routes, picnic meadows, and stunning lakeside views.
As the only city in the country based within a national park, there’s amazing countryside walks right on our doorstep! Enjoy incredible walks and treks just a short walk from the city centre.
The stunning UEA Broads offers brilliant riverside views and immersive nature experiences. Enjoy a circular cycle route and take in the beautiful landscape, before stopping for a picnic by the lakeside. Once you’ve finished cycling, why not wander the Sainsbury Centre sculpture park, a free outdoor park with sculptures from artists such as Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink and Antony Gormley.
Just outside of the city you’ll find Eaton Park, one of Norwich’s most popular heritage outdoor spaces. With over 80 acres of parkland and gardens to explore, there’s hours of fun to be had. There’s also a great little café in the park where you can grab a nice cold drink in the summer, or a hot coffee on those cold winter cycles.
Venture out of Norwich and you’ll find miles and miles of Norfolk countryside to explore! Stunning landscapes, immersive forest adventures, waterside walks and more.