Days out in Norfolk
- Walkers & Cyclists
- A visit to the beach!
- Trip into town!
- Go back in time
- If you go down to the woods today
- A bit of organised entertainment
Walkers & Cyclists
Walkers & Cyclists
The Norfolk Coast is a walkers and cyclists delight, if you feel really energetic you can walk the entire length of the Norfolk Coastal Path (it’s a challenge to fit in one day but some of our team have done the full 45 miles in one go, walking from Holme-next-the-Sea near Hunstanton where Seahenge was discovered in 1999, across to our beautiful seaside town of Cromer!).
For those of you who wish to take it at a more sedate pace then you can break it down into chunks and make use of the Coasthopper bus and plan your journey with the help of the traveline.
A bit about the Norfolk Coastal Path to whet your appetite, it forms part of the Norfolk’s Deep History Coast (the largest and best-preserved mammoth was found very near the park at West Runton) and there are many interesting boards to glean some facts about the history on your walk. You will pass through many beautiful villages enroute including Brancaster Staithe, Holkham, Wells and Blakeney so plenty of opportunity to wet your whistle and refuel your batteries to continue your journey. This trail combines with the Peddars Way (which it joins at Holme-next-the-Sea) to form the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales.
are a number of smaller circular walks / rides that you can take from
park and our staff will be happy to give you some hints and tips and you
can also explore the routes detailed on the following links:
Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your own bike, our Kelling Heath Park offers a cycle hire service through Huff & Puff Cycle Hire meaning you can hire with confidence
Norfolk is home to some of the rarest species of UK’s wildlife including Nightjars, Slow worms, Adders, Stoats, Weasels, Otters, Cuckoos and Kingfishers – all of which are relatively common in Norfolk. Norfolk is a stronghold for the Nightjar and at our Kelling Heath Holiday Park they can often be heard making their incredible churring noise – it really is the weirdest call of any British Bird and you will not mistake it!
Cuckoos and Kingfishers are often spotted at Wetlands such as the Norfolk Broads and Kingfishers can even be seen in Central Norwich along the riverbanks – a spectacular sight with their flash of blue!
In the winter you will on occasions see massive flocks of geese at Holkham National Nature Reserve returning to spend the night in safety. A third of the world’s population of Pink-footed geese spend the winter in Norfolk with peak numbers during January and February, best places to watch them are NWT Holme Dunes, NWT Cley Marshes, NWT Hickling Broad and NWT Martham Broad nature reserves.
Brown Hares are quite common across much of Norfolk countryside although nationally their numbers have declined. They are fairly easy to spot as spend more time in open spaces will usually be solitary and in case you wonder if it is a rabbit or hare, the Hare is larger and they are faster runners and don’t show the white underside of their tail when they run. Lookout for hares on arable farmland, grazing marshes, heaths, and on saltmarsh, shingle and cliff top coastal habitats and the best time is dawn or dusk. You may witness some Mad March hare behaviour, when up to ten hares gather together and indulge in madcap chases and furious boxing matches, this can usually be seen in early spring from February onwards with peak activity in March and April.
Blakeney Point is famous for both its grey and common seals. In the winter (November to December), further along the coast at Horsey, the Females return each to give birth and feed their pups – it really is an amazing sight to see hundreds of seals and their pups along the seashore from a safe distance so as not to disturb these beautiful but wild creatures!
So quite simply if you wish to see some of these elusive creatures for yourself you need to come and explore and visit some of our fabulous Nature Reserves.
A visit to the beach!
We are blessed with some great beaches in our area of Norfolk. Weybourne, East Runton, Cromer, Sheringham, Wells and Holkham to name but a few.
It all depends what you want to do at the beach, our beaches cater for all tastes whether you want to relive your childhood with a paddle and building sandcastles, a spot of beach fishing or to just catch some rays there is a beach perfect for you right here in North Norfolk.
Some of our beaches are sandy, whilst others are pebble, some have parking, toilets and cafes for refreshments and some have no facilities so it really is worth researching before you set off to make sure your chosen destination is the right place for you.
Our staff are always on hand to give you some hints and tips and will be happy to tell you which is their favourite too!
For those wanting to full immerse themselves in the sea if you go to Sheringham, Cromer, West Runton, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Wells-next-the-sea the RNLI in partnership with North Norfolk District Council provides a beach lifeguard service between marked areas of the beach.
If you fancy a trip to a lesser known beach, then read Our Top Five Norfolk Secret Beaches blog.
Trip into town!
We have some fantastic towns in the area that cater to all tastes for lots of different types of days out and we are of course not too far from the fine city of Norwich! Sheringham and Cromer are close by offering a combination of traditional seaside town and lots of great little independent shops selling all kinds of products, and some lovely tea rooms too if you fancied a pit stop (we can thoroughly recommend fish and chips followed by a homemade ice-cream from one of the ice cream parlours down the high street at Sheringham!).
You can really make a day of it at these lovely little towns!
Sheringham is also home to the North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line so you could combine a visit here with a trip to Holt (a fabulous little market town full of independent shops and if you are lucky you may spot royalty as Kate and Wills have a home close by and can often be seen shopping with the children!).
At Cromer a walk to the end of the pier is a must do and if you fancy supporting a great national charity and finding out about one of our own national heroes then we can recommend a visit to the Henry Blogg Museum who is a local legend for his services to the RNLI!
Fancy a day at the races then head to Fakenham, another market town but also home to Fakenham Race Course.
If you like the idea of a day out on the Broads then head to Wroxham, a very busy village with its own department store! Wroxham is situated right on the Broads and you can hire day boats (take a picnic or stop at one of the many pubs along the river for a bite to eat) or for a more relaxing trip take a guided boat trip on the Broads – the choice is yours and we are sure you won’t be disappointed!
A trip to Norwich will not disappoint, this fine city is home to the medieval Norwich Cathedral which is a magnificent building and has an imposing view on the city’s skyline! You will find cobbled streets at Elm Hill, Timber Hill and Tombland with some very ancient buildings and of course lots of independent shops and eateries as well as the usual chains. Norwich Castle is well worth a visit with its art, natural history, archaeology, and regimental history galleries there will be something to keep the whole family entertained. Norwich has two shopping centres with the Castle Mall and Chapelfield and very near the train station you will find Riverside Retail park which has several of the bigger chain stores.
If you just fancy a day’s shopping expedition we are sure you will find something to purchase, we should warn you probably best to plan a day to Norwich when the Canaries are not playing (Norwich City Football Club) as parking and the drive into the city can be a bit busy unless of course you fancy going to watch a game!
Go back in time
There are some great places to visit in Norfolk if you are interested in history as our county is stepped in history and heritage. As well as all the historical buildings in Norwich, Baconsthorpe Castle, Beeston Regis Abbey, Holkham Hall, Walsingham, Blickling and Felbrigg are all worth a visit.
We have a vibrant maritime heritage which is prevalent in the coastal towns and villages with many museums and monuments around. For a really stunning example of a lighthouse we recommend a trip along the coast to Happisburgh (sadly the evidence of the aggressive coastal erosion that has plagued our coast can be very well evidenced here too!).
Also, along the coast you can find some remnants of when there were lookouts or ‘Y’ posts that were used when there was believed to be a real threat of invasion in the second world war.
As well as the two cathedrals at Norwich in the local towns there are many beautiful churches in the County which are worth taking a look at inside (if their doors are open – this does vary quite considerably from location to location!).
If you go down to the woods today
We are blessed with lots of green space in North Norfolk, and a walk in the woods can be a great way for a bit of exercise, for the kids to let off some steam or just a way to find some peace and quiet.
We have woods at Kelling Heath with over 6 miles of marked trails to follow.
Sheringham Park managed by the National Trust and just across the road from Kelling and a bit further up the road from Woodhill is a beautiful green area, the Rhododendrons are particularly spectacular during the months of May to June. Just outside of Sheringham Further you will find Pretty Corner woods which is a 165-acre patchwork of woodland heathland and forms part of a larger network of woods and heath stretching some 10 miles from Cromer to Holt! Holt Country Park which is managed by the council and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is also worth a visit, cheap parking it has lots of trails, sculptures and carvings, sensory garden and also a café for a cup of tea! Both Felbrigg and Blickling Halls which are both National Trust properties and are open all year round have lovely grounds in which to walk and you can easily lose yourself in nature spotting the squirrels and deer’s or maybe even a buzzard in the sky!
A bit of organised entertainment
There are several wildlife parks and zoos in close proximity to the Park with Amazona Zoo at Cromer which is home to 200 animals, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at Filby is great with its Tigers treetop walk, Banham Zoo (at Banham) and Snettisham Park (near Kings Lynn) both make for a great day out. Pensthorpe Natural Park (near Fakenham) was home to Springwatch from 2008-2010, it has a nature reserve and is home to many birds and mammals, with gardens to explore, outdoor adventure play and café and shop.
For those of you with children from 2 to 12 years who need something a bit more challenging, there is Bewilderwood (at Hoveton near Wroxham) is a fantastic children’s activity play area which includes Treehouses, wobbly walkways, slides, face painting and boat rides and you can easily keep the children entertained all day here! Lenwade on the Fakenham Road is home to ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure Park which is a dinosaur-based theme park with life size dinosaur trail, animal enclosures, adventure playground and deer park. At Halloween the park takes on a new dimension hosting PrimEvil a very popular event which is not for the faint hearted!
To go back in time you may like to visit one of Norfolk’s many museums including Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse to gain a fascinating insight into the history of rural Norfolk.There are workhouse galleries, a working farm, adventure playground and gardens to explore