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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.

  • County: Norfolk
  • Great for: architecture | boat trip | churches | scenic bus | walking | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Please note: researched/updated August 2019. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Lynn Ferry

    The grand buildings near the River Great Ouse are part of the town’s rich maritime heritage. As part of the Hanseatic League, King’s Lynn was once a key medieval port and the huge merchants houses that line the cobbled lanes near the old docks show how much wealth was generated by trade. Today, turnstones forage on the mudflats and small boats bob on the tide.

    • To get a great view of the riverfront, catch the popular Lynn Ferry over the River Great Ouse to the village of West Lynn. The ferry has operated here since the twelfth century and still helps people avoid the long drive round between this village and King’s Lynn.
    • The boat leaves at least every twenty minutes 6.45am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday (not Sunday) and costs £1.20 each way.
    • Back in King’s Lynn, walk along Ferry Lane and turn left to see the grand Tuesday market place and Fisherfolk museum, before returning along King’s Street. Near the Custom’s House (Tourist info), look out for a statue of the explorer, Captain George Vancouver.
  1. 4. Roydon Common

    Sandy Paths wind through the purple heather of Roydon Common. Scarlet dragonflies hover round yellow gorse flowers while birds of prey wheel over the birch trees. You can take a walk from Roydon’s village pub around this beautiful, little wilderness not far from the town. Bus 48 runs from King’s Lynn bus station at half past each hour (Monday to Saturday) and stops opposite the Three Horseshoes.

    • You can follow a track through clumps of trees past an area known as Grimston Warren, with an unusual observation tower, built to help with training during World War II.
    • A winding, sandy path with waymarks leads across common, past lonely trees and a small pond. With a map, you can easily find your way back to Roydon, where there are buses to King’s Lynn.
    • The Lynx Coastliner buses (see 2 above) also stop near Castle Rising, where you can explore the well-preserved English Heritage keep. There are lots more adventures just a bus ride from the town, whether you’re looking for history, wildlife, good food, fresh air, or a combination of them all.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!