This self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday reveals a coastline like no other – home both to vast sandy beaches and pristine nature reserves teeming with birdlife. As you walk, discover North Norfolk’s rich history and culture; visit stately Holkham Hall; and stay at welcoming accommodation of character.
The North Norfolk coast is a fluid place. A watery, low-lying scape of shifting coast, rolling hills and flowing skies. At its edge, long stretches of shingle beach and tidal flats give way to textured strands of marsh and dune. Behind which, in muted layers of grey and green, are grazing marshes, incised by lines of reed and reen.
Such variety of habitats mean wildlife – and particularly birds – are everywhere: from the bitterns and marsh harriers that scan the summer reed beds to the wildfowl and waders that fill the marshes in the cooler months.
Norfolk has always had more to offer than unadulterated nature, however. This is a county with a long and fascinating history, fragments of which remain imprinted upon today’s landscape: the beautiful medieval churches built with the proceeds of a once prosperous wool trade; vast landed estates where royalty and nobility have passed their days; and the many small harbours that hark back to a time when Norfolk’s 100-mile coastline was vital to England’s trading efforts.
Taking the time to explore on foot yields further delights: sleepy villages of pretty, flint-and-brick cottages; well-signposted paths that guide you seamlessly through peaceful woodland and protected nature reserves; an efficient bus network which makes it wonderfully simple to adapt the routes to your preferences; and a growing food scene, featuring much seasonal local produce. Perhaps surprisingly, for a destination that still lies off the beaten track for many, the standard of accommodation here is also top-notch, with the inns, guesthouses and hotels offering warmth, character and comfort for each night you spend in this charming rural idyll.