Trail Itineraries

Passing through seaside towns, picturesque villages and landscapes rich in wildlife, heritage and geological interest, the Norfolk Coast Path offers gentle walking along a varied and beautiful coastline. Explore the Norfolk Coast Path for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

Norfolk Coast Path

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DAYS

8

DISTANCE

135km

Trail Information

Find useful facts and learn more about the Norfolk Coast Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

The Norfolk Coast Path is the perfect introduction to long-distance walking in England. Passing through seaside towns and villages, tidal marshes buzzing with wildlife, huge sandy beaches, beautiful woodlands and big skies, the route is predominantly flat and easy to navigate. In fact, you’ll struggle to find a walk covering more varied landscapes in just 84 miles (135 km).

The National Trail stretches from Hunstanton in the west to Hopton-on-Sea in the east and runs through Norfolk’s heritage coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Norfolk Coast Path combines with the Peddars Way (which it joins at Holme-next-the-Sea) to form the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

Exploring the Trail

The Norfolk Coast Path is one of England’s most gentle National Trails. The terrain is varied but it is generally flat or with only gentle gradients.

You can walk the Norfolk Coast Path at any time of year, but during the summer the weather is usually better and the hedgerows are in full blossom. Spring and autumn are the main bird migration periods – so you’ll spot stunning wildlife – and walking along the coast in winter can be a wonderful experience.

Highlights along the route include beautiful medieval ports, quaint fishing villages, medieval churches and gastro pubs serving fresh seafood.

What is special about the Trail?

The coastline of Norfolk is enormously varied, with long stretches of golden beach interspersed with mud flats and salt marsh, shingle and pebbles.

There are wonderful dunes and marram grass to traverse, cliffs to marvel at, and between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton, treacle-like mud where The Wash empties into the North Sea – a favourite of birds and birdwatchers alike.

The Norfolk Coast Path is a fairly modern walking route, created from a network of existing footpaths and newly-created ones to link the coastal end of the Peddars Way (which starts at Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk) to Hopton-on-Sea. The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path became joined as a Long Distance National Trail in 1986.

Getting there

By ferry

Rail and sail from Holland: Stena Line’s Dutchflyer Rail and Sail service provides city-to-city travel by rail and ferry from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Norwich, via Harwich International. Then you can either take a train or bus to north Norfolk to join the Norfolk Coast Path.

By plane

The nearest airport to the Norfolk Coast Path is Norwich International, which welcomes daily flights from Schiphol, Amsterdam.

London Stanstead is the second closest airport to the Norfolk Coast Path, with worldwide flights just a short train ride away from Norwich.

There are also good train links between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, so it is fairly simple to travel via any of the main London airports as well.

By train

Trains run frequently between Norwich and Cromer/West Runton/Sheringham, which are all railway stations around the mid-point of the Norfolk Coast Path.

Trains also run regularly between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, offering easy access to the east end of the Norfolk Coast Path.

Greater Anglia trains leave London Liverpool Street and King’s Cross every hour, arriving in just under two hours into Norwich or King’s Lynn, near the Norfolk Coast Path.

For detailed rail information please see
www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.

By bus

The western half of the Norfolk Coast Path, from Hunstanton to Mundesley, is easily accessible via the Coasthopper bus service. This walker-friendly bus service runs between Kings Lynn and Cromer and is an excellent aide, calling at all of the access points along the Norfolk Coast Path. The Coasthopper bus service runs half hourly during the summer period and hourly the rest of the year.

Between Mundesley and Hopton-on-Sea, local bus services out of North Walsham, Great Yarmouth and Stalham serve the majority of coastal towns and villages.

Coaches, including National Express services, travel daily into north Norfolk from the Midlands, London and the South East.

You can find up-to-date information on bus services at www.traveline.info.

By car

The Norfolk Coast Path is easy to access from the north, west or south of the country, and the A11 dual carriageway makes travel from the south easy and swift.

The Broadland Northway provides quick and easy access from Norwich and once in north Norfolk, there are lots of ways to get around.

The A149 road runs alongside the Norfolk Coast Path and there are plenty of towns with parking on the route.

Accommodation

This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation near the Norfolk Coast Path covered. You can find accommodation along the trail by using our interactive map.

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