Norfolk Coast Path: Walk and Glamp from Hunstanton to Cromer

Experience the sublime Norfolk coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the least developed coastlines in England that is renowned for its wildlife. Walk along sea cliffs with huge open sky views, discover charming seaside towns and quaint villages, sample sparklingly fresh seafood and wander barefoot on some of the best beaches in England.

Walk the exquisite Norfolk Coast Path on this unique and exclusive 5 day/4 night walking and glamping holiday. Immerse yourself in everything this diverse coastline has to offer while the MarGins team set up a fully equipped safari-style tent for you to fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves crashing on the beach.

From salt marshes and nature reserves to vast sandy beaches and quaint flint Norfolk villages, fishing harbours and coloured beach huts, the unspoiled Norfolk Coastline has it all and the local food and drink certainly won’t disappoint. Enjoy cooking yourself a hearty home-made breakfast of local Norfolk produce each morning before heading off for another day’s adventure on the trail. On arrival at your next location, your luxury tent and luggage will be all set up ready to welcome you.

Tour Overview

Distance

76

Days

5

Grade

Gentle

Theme

Coastal / Food & Drink

Landscape Type

By Water

Norfolk Coast Path: Walk and Glamp from Hunstanton to Cromer

Tour Details

This itinerary has been created by locally based MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays, who specialise in self-guided walking holidays in Norfolk, UK.

MarGins can provide information and support on transport options to and from the Norfolk Coast Path if needed, plus recommended accommodation before or after your walking and glamping holiday.

A personally written Information Booklet is provided with information on where to leave and collect luggage at the start and end of your holiday, your campsite locations, facilities, suggested places to eat and drink along the way, places of interest, coast path directions with a map of the Norfolk Coast Path and local contact numbers.

Itinerary

This level coastal walk offers an easy-going introduction to England’s walking trails with a difference – sleeping under canvas every night! The daily distances are easily manageable at a gentle pace with plenty of time to explore the charming fishing villages and historic ports along the way.

Day 1 - From Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale

Walk from Hunstanton to Thornham, past the lighthouse and ruins of St Edmunds Chapel along the cliff-top route or along the beach itself at low tide. Holme Dunes provides a rich natural habitat and is perfectly located to attract migratory birds. In recent years the shifting sands exposed the 4,000-year-old remains of ‘Sea Henge’, this Bronze Age monument built from uprooted timbers rather than the more familiar stone megaliths of the British Isles. Overnight glamping at Deepdale campsite – just 150m off the cast path. 12 miles (19 km)

Day 2 - From Burnham Deepdale to Wells-Next-The-Sea

Follow the Coastal Path through to Holkham and on to Wells-next-the-Sea. Walk through beautiful coastal landscapes with views of salt marshes, wander through sand dunes and onwards to one of the UK’s most pristine beaches. See the line of classic English beach huts, with their pinewood backdrop before taking the light railway from the Wells beach inland to the quaint old port of Wells. Have a go at crabbing on the quayside or relax in a cosy seaside inn. 16 km / 10 miles

Day 3 - From Wells-Next-The-Sea to Blakeney

Spend the morning exploring the harbour and independent shops and galleries of Wells before returning to the contrasting pleasures of the coastal path, walking eastwards towards Blakeney through wild salt marsh and beside hidden creaks and inlets. Watch bait diggers out on the mud flats or take a trip from Morston to see the seals at Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve. 14.5 km / 9 miles

Day 4 - Blakeney to Sheringham

Walk along the rabbit-trimmed grass paths overlooking one of the most important areas of salt marsh in Europe, stopping off at the Cley Marshes nature reserve at Cley-next-the-Sea. Walking along windswept pebble strands, the trail continues east along the coast. Looking inland, the succession of medieval church towers along the coastline, provided navigational beacons for returning fishing boats and visiting ships over many centuries. Lunch at Cookies famous crab shack at Salthouse is a must.  19 km / 12 miles

Day 5 - From Sheringham to Cromer

At Sheringham, the natural beauty of the shoreline merges into the quintessential pleasures of a quaint English seaside resort. This stage includes the highest point in Norfolk with expansive views over the North Sea and the coast path to Cromer. There’s plenty of time to explore the Victorian seaside town of Cromer with its traditional pier. Climb the church tower for spectacular views, visit the charming museum or the Fisherman’s Heritage Centre and sample the world-famous Cromer Crab.  6.5 km / 4 miles

Accommodation

Your nightly accommodation is in a safari-style tent that sleeps two people. Your sleeping compartment has comfy campbeds with duvets and pillows, towels for each person and lighting.  The living area includes a small, fully-equipped kitchen area with everything needed to make a hearty breakfast each morning from a hamper of homemade Norfolk produce that is replenished each day. You will also have comfy chairs and a table to sit at and watch the beautiful sunsets and rich wildlife.

The North Norfolk Coast is blessed with some of the county’s finest places to eat and drink – all specialising in locally sourced produce. Choose from places such as The White Horse pub at Brancaster Staithe where you can sit and watch a spectacular sunset over the marshes whilst enjoying Norfolk’s finest produce, or enjoy a drink and a pancake on the deck of the Albatross – a former Dutch cargo ship moored in Wells-next-the-Sea while you watch the fishing boats disappear out to sea.

Travel

Air / Rail

Train from Stansted Airport via Ely to Kings Lynn (1hr 40mins). Eurostar to London St Pancras then Train to Kings Lynn.

Ferry

Stena Line’s Dutchflyer Rail & Sail service provides city-to-city travel by rail and ferry from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Norwich, via Harwich International. Then either take a train or bus to north Norfolk.

Guidance and information on your travel to the start and from the end of your walk can be provided on request.

Bus Service

Bus service: Lynx Coastliner bus from Kings Lynn through to Wells-next-the-Sea. Ongoing bus services to Norwich and beyond.

The trail is well-served by the dependable Coasthopper bus service, making it easy to try a different walk every day from a fixed accommodation base or hop on and off the trail to explore whichever sections appeal.

Car

If arriving by car we can recommend accommodation providers who will happily let you leave your car with them whilst you walk the Norfolk Coast with us if you stay for a minimum of one night with them. Contact details will be provided on request.

Local taxi service contact details will be provided on request.

Advice

The Norfolk Coast Path is one of the gentler National Trails and classified as ‘moderate’ by many walkers. The terrain is varied but is generally flat or with only gentle gradients. The route is particularly suitable for anyone new to long-distance walking. Our favourite times of the year to walk the Coast Path are during the months of May, June and early September where you will find you will have the coast path almost to yourself and the campsites are quiet with the best pitches reserved just for you.

Food & Drink

Along with the many independent eateries along the North Norfolk Coast we support and purchase local produce from the finest of Norfolk food producers. Milk and yogurt are supplied by Norton’s Dairy, where the cows decide when they want to be milked. A selection of teas and coffee come from Nelson and Norfolk Tea, granola and rapeseed oil from Crush Foods, charcuterie hams from Norfolk Charcuterie and the finest venison from Holkham Estate and beef from Sandringham Estate. We source Whinhill apple juice from the beautiful orchards of Wells-next-the-Sea, jam all made from foraged finds from Cromer Kitchen and so much more.

The seafood is incredible and you can’t visit the Norfolk coast without experiencing the famous Cromer Crab and lobster. Visit Rocky Bottoms near Sheringham for a delicious meal of freshly caught and prepared seafood.

Experience Samphire (pronounced Samfer) – a sea vegetable with vibrant green stalks and one of nature’s true taste sensations which you’ll find in abundance on the marshes. We love foraging for samphire and accompanying it with homemade bread, lashings of local butter and a sprinkle of black pepper. It’s also a delicious accompaniment to fresh seafood.

You will also be spoilt for choice with locally produced beers as Norfolk boasts over 50 breweries! North Norfolk has the ideal conditions for growing malt barley for beer – a perfect combination of soil type, height and the maritime climate of salty sea frets (a sea mist). Plus, we have award-winning wines and gins to enjoy too. Cheers!

Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise

The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.

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