Norfolk Coast Path Guided Trail Holiday

The Quay at Blakeney in Norfolk
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 2
from £929pp

The Norfolk coastline is a designated area of outstanding beauty, internationally renowned for its prolific bird life. It has some of the finest salt marshes and sand dunes in Europe. Famous nature reserves passed on our route include Holme Dunes, Scolt Head, Blakeney and Cley Marshes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk from the great cliffs of Hunstanton to the Edwardian resort of Cromer
  • Wide skies and stunning panoramas across the rolling waves of the North Sea
  • See the amazing bird life in this designated area of outstanding beauty along the Norfolk Coast
  • Rich history unfolds as you pass quaint old harbour villages, salt marshes and sand dunes

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Check-in is available at the Caley Hall Hotel from 1500 and your leader will meet you for a welcome meeting prior to your evening meal.

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


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.

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


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.

 

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


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.

Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer - Norfolk Coast Path

This magnificent Edwardian Grade II listed seaside hotel has been welcoming visitors to Cromer since 1897. It is located on Cromer’s west cliff. WIFI is available throughout the hotel. Flat screen TV with Freeview including radio channels, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, direct dial telephones.


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.

Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer - Norfolk Coast Path

This magnificent Edwardian Grade II listed seaside hotel has been welcoming visitors to Cromer since 1897. It is located on Cromer’s west cliff. WIFI is available throughout the hotel. Flat screen TV with Freeview including radio channels, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, direct dial telephones.


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 as 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.

Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer - Norfolk Coast Path

This magnificent Edwardian Grade II listed seaside hotel has been welcoming visitors to Cromer since 1897. It is located on Cromer’s west cliff. WIFI is available throughout the hotel. Flat screen TV with Freeview including radio channels, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, direct dial telephones.



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

Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer - Norfolk Coast Path

This magnificent Edwardian Grade II listed seaside hotel has been welcoming visitors to Cromer since 1897. It is located on Cromer’s west cliff. WIFI is available throughout the hotel. Flat screen TV with Freeview including radio channels, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, direct dial telephones.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters. Trekking/approach shoes are not recommended for this trek
  • Sturdy sandals for any river and stream crossings. This is most relevant to the June departure
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 35-40 litre rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5-2 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents and for crossing streams and snow patches
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

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2019
05 Oct - 11 Oct 2019 Itinerary £979 Unavailable
2020
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Duration:
6 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
2

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