Norfolk Coast Path Guided Trail Holiday

The Quay at Blakeney in Norfolk
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,259pp

Drenched in maritime history and boasting a wealth of wide sandy beaches and wildlife-rich tidal marshes, the Norfolk coast has earned its National Landscape status. This guided walking holiday takes you along the best of the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, from Hunstanton to Cromer. There are dramatic cliffs to marvel at, medieval ports to explore, and beautiful beaches to cross. You’ll also get to spot thriving birdlife where The Wash empties into the North Sea and visit Brancaster - the village where British naval hero, Horatio Nelson grew up. And as one of Britain’s most gentle long-distance trails, this wonderful route welcomes walkers of all abilities.

What you’ll love

  • Walking from the cliffs of Hunstanton to the seaside resort of Cromer
  • Soaking up stunning panoramas over the North Sea
  • Spotting rare birds in a host of nature reserves
  • Exploring quaint harbour villages, salt marshes, and sand dunes
  • Learning about the areas links to Admiral Nelson
  • Staying in our carefully-selected partner hotels

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Check-in is available at the Caley Hall Hotel from 1500. Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.


Leaving Hunstanton, with its famous striped cliffs, we pass through Holme Dunes where The Wash meets the North Sea. Look out for the flowers of the early and southern marsh orchids and marsh helleborines in the dune slacks. The Dunes are renowned for rare birds, especially in spring and autumn when migrating birds are blown off course by strong easterly winds; there is a useful visitor centre. From Thornham we head inland through a lonely landscape, before approaching Brancaster, a popular sailing centre. It once had a regular sea trade in coal and grain and what is believed to have been one of the largest malthouses in the country.

10 miles (16km) with minimal ascent.

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From Brancaster we head into Nelson country, a world of birds, creeks, wind and sky. England’s famous hero, Horatio Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe in 1758 and the area oozes the maritime theme, with inns such as the Nelson, the Victory and the Trafalgar. We can imagine him as a young lad rowing his boat along the creeks and through the reed-beds that we pass. At Burnham Deepdale we follow the wide sweep of the sea bank stretching towards Scolt Head and Gun Hill before the marvellous vista of Holkham Bay opens up before us. It is the largest nature reserve in England and Wales, comprising grazing marsh, salt marsh, sand dunes, woodland and foreshore. We finish at Holkham Gap where there is a new eco-friendly café and Visitor Centre.

10 miles (16km) with minimal ascent.

Windy day at Holkham Beach


An easy walk takes us to Wells-next-the-Sea, where there should be time for a coffee or a stroll around. On leaving Wells along paths of springy turf, salt marshes begin to dominate the landscape. The flint village of Stiffkey is only 1km off our footpath and famous for its cockles known as ‘Stewkey Blues’, which used to be gathered by the women of the village, until the fishery declined in the 1950’s. Traces can be seen here and there. Continuing along the coast is Morston village with its traditional pub, and as the footpath zig-zags alongside Agar Creek, the cobbled cottages of Blakeney come into view. This erstwhile trading port is a fine place to end the day.

10 miles (16km) with minimal ascent.

Sunset at Blakeney


We set off along the top of the sea bank, curving out towards Blakeney Eye with stunning views and a sense of solitude. The trail turns inland alongside marshland which was once open sea, as the name of our next port of call, Cley-next-the-Sea suggests. With its distinctive windmill this was formally a port where wool from Norfolk sheep was shipped to the Low Countries in the 13th century. From Cley the sound of waves is our constant companion and exquisite vegetation such as sea holly and yellow horned poppy may be spotted. A stretch of shingle walking signals we are nearly at the end of our day. The water is extremely deep here and is the only place on the Norfolk coast thought to be deep enough for submarines to approach in World War II. A short walk brings us to Weybourne, an old-world village with flint houses.

9 miles (14.5km) with minimal ascent.

Norfolk Coast Path aka Peddars Way. Reedbeds and windmill at North Norfolk Heritage Coast village of Cley next the Sea


Our final walk commences with an energising cliff walk to Skelding Hill and the old coastguard lookout. The views are impressive, as we start our descent to Sheringham. Sheringham is renowned for its lobsters, crabs and whelks, and fishermen still set their crab pots as they have done for generations. With no natural harbour the boats are hauled up on to the beach with their catch. Beeston Hill marks the end of our coastal walking for a stretch, and a deviation from the official coast path to explore some of Norfolk's beautiful countryside. We head inland up to Beacon Hill with views back through woodland to the sea. Walking through the forest we reach the highest elevation in Norfolk at 105 metres (346ft). Dropping back to the sparkling sea of Cromer, a short walk along the front takes us to Cromer pier where we can celebrate our journey’s end.

9 miles (14.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

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Caley Hall Hotel, Old Hunstanton - Norfolk Coast Path

The original manor house at Caley Hall dates back to 1648 and was home to the Le Strange steward from 1842-57. The stables and outbuildings were converted to provide 40 comfortable and well equipped chalet style bedrooms in 1976.  Close to Old Hunstanton beach and near to Hunstanton Golf Club, Caley Hall Hotel is the ideal location. All rooms have digital flat screen television (with radio channels) and alarm clock, WiFi, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and a hairdryer. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.

Food & drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).

Packed lunches

Our packed lunches will be too much food for some and not enough for others; if you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this – it won’t always be possible to buy these on the route. Your packed lunches will include: a bread sandwich or roll with a choice of filling; some fresh fruit; fruit cake/flapjack or similar, crisps and/or biscuits. For those of you tackling a level 4 or above holiday, we would highly recommend bringing some trail mix or something similar to ensure you've some fuel in reserve should you need it.

Dietary requirements

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking.

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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.


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Duration:
6 nights
Type:
Guided trails
Walking Grade:
2

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