Our Favourite Local Walks
This page is being compiled as an ongoing project as we discover new walks in the area and as we produce our monthly Rewild Norfolk newsletter. We’d love you to sign up to Rewild Norfolk (at the bottom of the page) which is full of seasonal and nature-based ideas, including foraging tips and ways to enjoy exploring nature each month. We'll be sharing our favourite parts of Norfolk, including walks, beaches and natural spaces to help you get the most out of your next visit to the area. You'll also get a peek into life on our smallholding as we seek out our version of the "good life".
Short circular walk
Cley Marshes walk - we love this 3 mile walk as it has sections with footpaths amongst the marshes, bird hides which are great for watching the abundance of local bird life and also includes a walk along the stony beach. This walk is great to begin and end at the Cley Marshes Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre, where you can seek refreshment in the cafe and admire the view over the marshes through their binoculars.
Weston Longville - a 3.5 mile circular walk from Round the Woods across fields to the nearby village of Weston Longville where there's the Parson Woodforde Pub and a lovely playground and then wander back along country roads. Grab an OS map from the book shelf onsite to follow the exact route. Here’s the route I’ve mapped online.
Sparham Pools - on the edge our neighbouring village of Lyng is a lovely nature reserve with a walk around a lake, which was a former gravel works. The reserve is managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust and is linked to the Wensum Way
Wensum Way- 3 - 12 miles
In June's edition of Rewild Norfolk we included a walk around Sparham Pools in Lyng which is linked to the Wensum Way. So this month we wanted to share the longer walk from Lenwade to Sparham Pools (and further if you're keen) for those that want to wander along the River Wensum. You can begin the walk from Round the Woods but the road into Lenwade isn't especially pedestrian friendly however once you've reached Lenwade the walk is all on footpaths (with young children we opt to park at the Lenwade House Hotel to avoid this busy road and walk from there). The footpath goes through wooded areas and across boardwalks and it's lovely being amongst the river and lakes. Grab the OS map onsite or take a look at the interactive map. Lenwade is the start of the 12 mile Wensum Way which takes you all the way to Gressenhall Museum if you're feeling energetic!
Claxton to Rockland St Mary - 7 miles
This walk includes part of the Wheeryman's Way, Rockland Broad, an attractive stretch of the River Yare and lovely countryside. The Beauchamp Arms Pub is along route.
Aylsham and Blickling circular walk - 7 miles
Start at Aylsham and enjoy walking along part of the Weaver's Way to Blickling Hall and then return to the market town along footpaths and quiet country roads. With cafes and shops in Aylsham and the Buckinghamshire Arms pub is by Blickling Hall, a lovely National Trust property worth exploring.