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Walks & trails

As well as a network of footpaths for you to explore the park by there are several self-guided trails. These are available throughout the year and can be enjoyed at your own pace at any time of day. Leaflets for these trails are available at reception; there is a small charge for some of the leaflets.

Nature Trail

Nature Trail

This trail takes you through heathland, woodland and passes a pond, heaths and woods are special places and at Kelling are enhanced by fine views of the sea and nearby coast, it is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


History Trail

History Trail

Kelling Heath is steeped in history; all around are clues about how the landscape has been shaped, both in natural ways and by human kind. Along the way are several stops where there are things to see and do. You will find out about the wildlife here at Kelling Heath and the special relationships between humans, plants, animals and their environment. The trail is just less than 2 ½ miles (4km); it should take you about 1 1/2 hours, starting and finishing in the Village Square.


Anniversary Trail

2009 Saw the 25th Anniversay of the ownership of Kelling Heath by the Timewell Family.
During this time a significant amount of time and resources have been invested to enhance the visitor experience of the park and to help protect and preserve this unique natural environment for future generatons to enjoy.

Launched in mid May 2009 this circular trail explores some of natural and built environments at Kelling Heath and explains what impact our interventions have made over the past 25 years.  Guests will be able to walk the 2 mile route following the pink way markers and directions from this self -guided leaflet and the interpretation along the trail which should take about two hours to complete.


Tree Trail

Launched in 2010 the new tree trail explores 25 different species of trees on a circular route round Kelling Heath aided by a self guide leaflet .The trail is part of the 25 year celebrations at Kelling Heath and sees a tree for every year of ownership by the Timewell family. A mix of existing and newly planted trees will make up the trail.


Easy Access Walk

This easy access trail starts just beyond the village square at the sculpture and is identified by its red way marker.  This delightful circular route covers ¾ km of level but natural ground taking in an area of rare lowland heathland habitat which supports rare species such as the Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly which was successfully re-introduced onto the heath following a joint venture with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and Natural England in 2004. 

Kelling Heath seeks to preserve and maintain this precarious environment by careful management of scrub removal and grazing of animals in order for it not to return to woodland.

The trail continues past a solid viewing point with magnificent views of the Weybourne coastline, and overlooking our resident flock of Welsh Mountain sheep who are representative of traditional heathland grazing.


Bee Walk

Follow the yellow way markers for this circular walking trail amongst woodland in full leaf with an understorey of honeysuckle and holly. This walk has been created in celebration of Princess Charlotte.

The trail takes you past the bee hives in a clearing in the woods, to a halfway point at the stunning Conservation pond rich in flora and fauna, a perfect place to stop a while before continuing onto the second half of the trail. This woodland trail is on level, but natural ground and is accessible on foot, and it would take about an hour to complete the approx. 2 mile route.


Trim Trail

Trim Trail

A woodland eco-gym for adults.

You will find the start of the Trim Trail, through the double wooden gates leading off from the main drive.

Follow the grey way markers around the trail which take you through broad leaved and conifer woodlands and finishes at our conservation pond.

Along the route you will find the following apparatus to test your strength;  Parallel Bars, Hurdles, Step Ups, Balance Beam, Pull up bars, Rope Climb, Leap Frog, Russian Rings, Hurdles, Dual Ab Bench, Wobbly Balance Beam, Back Curl, Log Run.


Orienteering

The Orienteering trail takes you to the four corners of the park - collect a map from reception to find control posts, identified by the red and white squares at the top of each post.  Each control has a number and a code letter - copy these into the appropriate boxes on the map.

There are four different set courses to follow.
1. Easy course - posts 1,2,3,4,5,6. This combination is half a mile long.
2. Easy/medium - posts 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11.This course is 1 ¼ miles long.
3. Medium/hard - posts 1-20 inclusive. 3.2 miles long.
4. Hard - posts 1-23 inclusive. 4.2 miles long.

The Orienteering trail can be enjoyed by all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.


Kelling Heath iPhone Explorer App

Kelling Heath iPhone Explorer App

The Kelling Heath iPhone Exploer App can be enjoyed by all ages.

App Trail 1; Enchanted Wild Wood (please allow 45 minutes to walk trails)

App Trail 2; the Golden Trail

Explore a choice of two new specifically designed trails - The Enchanted Wild Wood is a walking trail whereas the Golden Trail is on the level and can be enjoyed by cyclists and walkers.

Both Trails start outside Brackens in the Village Square.

The waymark symbol for the app trail is indicated by an ‘i ‘, look out for the sign on posts along the route.  Find the trail checkpoints, unlock the questions and earn a Kelling Heath explorer badge.  

These two Kelling Heath Explorer iPhone Apps can be enjoyed by all ages but we recommend that children are accompanied by an adult. Read the press release here


Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain  Bike Trail

We have a self-guided mountain bike trail on park. It starts at the Village Square where a sign directs you, and then follow the cycle symbols on wooden posts. We recommend that cycle helmets be worn whenever cycling.


The Poppy Line

The Poppy Line

The North Norfolk Railway has a steam railway line between Sheringham and Holt, part of which borders the park. On the north edge of the park is the Kelling Heath Halt, a platform where you can board the trains. However, the steam train cannot stop when the train is going from Sheringham to Holt because the incline is too steep for the train to get moving again! It's a great experience to have a ride on the restored steam trains. A timetable is available from reception. Find out more on www.nnr.co.uk. A booklet containing several walks of varying lengths, starting at Kelling Heath and incorporating a ride on the Poppy Line into part of the journey, is available from reception.


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