Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount
Car-free adventures aroundKing’s LynnNorfolk
Hanseatic warehouses and stately mansions line the riverfront; beach huts and saltmarshes fringe the nearby seaside. The only thing keeping King’s Lynn from being swamped by tourists is its lack of motorway access. No problem for car-free visitors, who can arrive on the hourly trains from London and Cambridge to find a network of buses heading off to the wild Norfolk heath and coast. Here are some of the many adventures on offer around King’s Lynn, where you don’t need to take the car.
1. Stroll or cycle around town
A twelfth century church, lit in winter with colourful patterns, a fifteenth century chapel for pilgrims on their way to Walsingham, a 4000-year-old timber circle or an elegant customs house from the maritime glory days: don’t overlook the town’s own treasures in a rush for the sea and sand.
- The Tourist Information (in the customs house near the river) has handy maps with detailed routes past the major sights or cycling maps for heading further afield.
- The bus and railway stations are pretty central and the town itself is not huge so it’s easy to explore on foot. Don’t miss the park with its waterways and Red Mount chapel, just five minutes from the railway station, with Greyfriars Tower over the road.
- In the Lynn museum, right next to the bus station, you can see the Seahenge wooden circle found nearby on the coast.
- King’s Lynn is the start of the Norfolk Coast cycleway so you might want to bring your bike on the train and head off on two wheels.
2. Coastliner bus
The Norfolk Coast is just a bus ride away. Last year it looked as if this popular, beautiful bus route might disappear, but sections of it have been taken over by different companies and you can now you can ride along cliffs again and explore the coastal nature reserves between Hunstanton and Wells.
- Lynx buses run frequent services (34, 35, 36) from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton, leaving four times an hour from the bus station (twice an hour on Sunday) and costing £5.80 return.
- One bus an hour (every two hours on Sunday) runs on along the coast as far as Wells-next-the-Sea. If you’re planning to explore this far afield, a Coast Day ticket on the buses is £8.50.
- You could hop off at the award-winning Orange Tree pub in Thornham and walk back along the coast.
- Wildlife lovers will be in heaven on this stretch of the Norfolk Coast Path. The dunes and marshes are alive with waders and waterbirds like avocets and oystercatchers, terns and egrets.
- The path heads through reed beds and along embankments and a sandy path through pines, passing close to Holme Dunes visitor centre, which has a great café
- There are more pubs and cafés in Old Hunstanton and, nearby, the iconic striped cliffs of Hunstanton begin. The striking red and white sedimentary rocks were deposited more than 100 million years ago.