Norfolk Coast Path

Guided Trail

Code: XNLDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £800.00 - 6 nights

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Holiday overview

Walk the beautiful North Norfolk coast. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is famed for its dramatic skies, vast expanses and most notably its impressive wildlife. Pretty brick and flint villages provide historic interludes to the peace and tranquillity of this scenic walk from Hunstanton to Cromer.

Holiday highlights:

  • Enjoy gentle walking on the Norfolk Coast – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Pass salt marsh, sandy beaches and cliffs en route to Cromer
  • Amazing birdlife, basking seals and stunning views make this an unforgettable experience

What’s included:

  • 6 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days

Accommodation

You’ll stay at two comfortable hotels, which are located at the start and end of the route.

Caley Hall Hotel (3 nights) sits close to the beach in the pretty village of Old Hunstanton. This family run hotel is based around a 17th century manor house and provides a relaxing base. There are 40 well appointed, en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar.

In the Edwardian resort of Cromer, you’ll stay at the 19th century Cliftonville Hotel (3 nights), which has a premier seafront position. The hotel retains many of its original features, yet offers 30 comfortable en-suite rooms with sea views. The Cliftonville also has a coffee shop, a bar, a bistro and a guest lounge.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Hunstanton to Brancaster

New Hunstanton was created by Henry Le Strange, Lord of the Manor in 1846. Passing Holme next the Sea our route takes us to Holme Dunes where the Wash meets the North Sea. There is a visitor centre and the Dunes are renowned for rare birds, especially spring and autumn when migrating birds are blown off course by strong easterly winds. Look for the flowers of the early and southern marsh orchids and marsh helleborines in the dune slacks. 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

Brancaster to Wells next the Sea

From Brancaster we head into Nelson country, a world of birds, creeks, wind and sky. The area oozes the maritime theme, with inns such as the Nelson, the Victory and the Trafalgar. England’s famous seaman, Horatio Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe in 1758. In 1771 he joined HMS Raisonable, and 7 years later returned to Burnham Thorpe with his wife, Fanny to live quietly. In 1793 he was appointed captain of the Agamemnon, and by the time he landed at Great Yarmouth in 1800, with Sir William and Lady Hamilton (Nelson’s mistress) and following a host of daring escapades, he was a hero. 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. We finish in Wells next the Sea. 12 miles (19km) with minimal ascent

Wells next the Sea to Blakeney      

As we leave Wells next the Sea, salt marshes begin to dominate the landscape as we walk along paths of springy turf. The flint village of Stiffkey is only 1km off our footpath and famous for its cockles and a former parson. The cockles known as ‘Stewkey Blues’ used to be gathered by the women of the village, but the fishery declined in the 1950’s. The parson Rev Harold Davidson was involved in a famous scandal in the 1930’s. Spending much of his time in Soho, Davidson became known as the ‘prostitutes parson’. He embarked on a campaign to clear his name which involved appearing in a music hall, sitting in a barrel on Blackpool’s Golden Mile, and in a lion’s cage in Skegness. He died after been mauled by a lion. Continuing along the coast is Morston village and as the footpath zig zags alongside Agar Creek, the cobbled cottages of Blakeney come into view. 8 miles (13km) with minimal ascent

Blakeney to Weybourne            

We walk along the top of the sea bank, curving out towards Blakeney Eye with stunning views and sense of solitude. Cley next the Sea and its distinctive windmill come into view. Cley was 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. The shingle of Weybourne Hope signals we are nearly at the end of our day. The water is extremely deep 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. 8 miles (13km) with minimal ascent

Weybourne to Cromer

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 and we head inland towards the ruins of the 13th century priory of St Mary in the Meadow. Walking through the forest we reach the highest elevation in Norfolk at 105 metres (346ft).  We reach the sparkling sea of Cromer and celebrate our journeys end. 8 miles (13km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Travel

Travel by rail:

For further information and train times visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 48 49 50 (from overseas call ++44 020 7278 5240)

Holiday Start: The nearest station to the start of the holiday is at Kings Lynn. There are direct trains every hour from London King’s Cross to Kings Lynn, with the journey taking 1hour 35 minutes.

Our first hotel is located in the village of Old Hunstanton, a 25-minute drive from Kings Lynn train station. To reach Old Hunstanton, you can either take the Coasthopper bus, which takes 40 minutes; or a taxi.  There may be taxis available outside the train station but it is a good idea to book one in advance.

Timetables for the Coasthopper bus can be found at: www.coasthopper.co.uk or by phoning: 01553 776980

Holiday Finish: Our last hotel is in Cromer approximately 450 metres from Cromer railway station. The hotel staff will be happy to arrange a taxi transfer where required. Cromer is situated on a branch line with hourly trains to Norwich; journey time around 45 minutes. From Norwich there are regular trains on to London and the rest of the UK.

Travel by Car:

It may possible to leave your car in the hotel car park in Old Hunstanton for the duration of the holiday. Visit www.theaa.com for further information on planning your journey.

A transfer is not provided for those wishing to return to their car; however this journey is possible by public transport. From Cromer there are regular buses (several each hour) to the nearby resort of Sheringham (journey time 10-15 minutes). Timetables are available at www.traveline.org.uk. From Sheringham the ‘Coasthopper’ bus runs every hour from Sheringham to Old Hunstanton (journey time 1hr 20 mins) - see www.norfolkgreen.co.uk

Reviews

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5 Jun 2016, 5:19 p.m.

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Well planned, well led holidays.

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Very interesting walks well led.Two very different hotels,but with equally very good accommodation and evening catering. Packed lunches not quite of HF house usual high standard!
31 May 2016, 9:44 p.m.

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Admin could do with some improvement, but the holidays are always great

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Really good walking, lovely group and great leader
23 Sep 2015, 5:35 p.m.

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Well-organised and high value
22 Sep 2015, 12:54 p.m.

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Efficiently organised from start to finish

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Well thought out walk with attractive accomodation
22 Sep 2015, 10:03 a.m.

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Excellent holiday

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Good walking food was good at the hotels but would of liked a trip out to see the seals - I know the tide is not always right but during the week it could be arranged.
12 Jun 2015, 7 a.m.

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It was an excellent holiday, in a very interesting location (nobody in the group had been in Norfolk before), there were no hills(!), the hotels were very good, and the leader was as good as we have had on our many holidays with HF. Perhaps the walk was short, over only five days, but that's the NCP!
10 Jun 2015, 5:56 p.m.

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always helpful

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very good choice of Hotels
10 Jun 2015, 9:20 a.m.

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The booking system and information is very good & reliable.

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This was a very well-organised, enjoyable walking holiday and the leader was superb - good-natured, good-humoured and knowledgable. The first hotel was comfortable but some of the waiting staff were ill-trained. The second hotel had very 'tired', even shabby, bedrooms but staff were hard-working & friendly.
27 Sep 2014, 5:10 p.m.

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Good but should have been warned that food was not the same as when you are staying in HF house e.g. no snacks available to take along with the sandwich

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Food not the same as HF houses which was disappointing
25 Sep 2014, 7:02 a.m.

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Some ambiguity on where we could leave our cars but otherwise good.

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Walking, wilderness and wildlife - an excellent combination.

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Dates & Prices

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13 May 2017 XNLDW - Norfolk Coast Path 6 £825.00 £800.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
17 Jun 2017 XNLDW - Norfolk Coast Path 6 £825.00 £800.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now
23 Sep 2017 XNLDW - Norfolk Coast Path 6 £825.00 £800.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 - will end off pp - ends 10 October Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £78 (complete holiday)

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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