Car-free adventures alongThe Norfolk Coast PathNorfolk

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Exploring the 22 fabulous miles of coast between Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea, you can happily leave the car behind and travel by bus, train, boat, bike or on foot. Tidal marshes, sandy beaches, shingle, pinewoods and pasture: the varied landscapes of the Norfolk coast are linked by an acorn-waymarked footpath and a scenic bus route. And there’s plenty to do here besides walking. Visit Cromer Pier or Felbrigg Hall, wander round the wooded park at Sheringham or take a seal-watching boat trip from Morston Quay.

  • County: Norfolk
  • Great for: beaches | birdwatching | coastal walking | good cafés and pubs | pier | scenic bus and train | seals | stately homes | woodland walks |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in June 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 4. Salthouse to Blakeney

    With saltmarshes, reedbeds, sandy rivers and flowering downs, the landscapes in this part of the Norfolk countryside are beautifully varied. Start in the village of Salthouse, where the old church of St Nicholas is luminously airy and the flint-walled Dun Cow pub serves outstanding locally-sourced food. From the bus stop in Salthouse, walk past Cross Street along the main road and turn right opposite Grouts Lane onto the footpath towards marshes and sea.

    • The opening half of the 6-mile tramp from Salthouse to Cley runs along a seemingly-endless stretch of shingle beach with birds to spot and coastal flowers (look out for yellow horned poppies) and the timeless sounds of the sea.
    • The path heads inland beside a creek to the windmill at Cley-next-the-Sea, which is now a lovely hotel. The bus stops here too so you can divide the stretch or stop for refreshments.
    • Between Cley and Blakeney, the wild miles of reed beds and sea lavender are broken only by an occasional isolated cottage, wrecked boat or small pond.
    • You could also follow the Blakeney circular walk, one of many great circular walks along the coast. The route is marked by waymarks (white arrows on a bright blue background) and leads from the coastal marshes through a longer inland loop past flint-walled villages, banks of gorse and views across farmland to the sea.

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  1. 5. Wells-next-the-Sea to Morston

    Another uniquely beautiful 6½ miles of coast path runs along the wild coast path from Wells-next-the-Sea to Morston, where you could book a boat trip to see England’s largest grey seal colony (as featured in David Attenborough’s Wild Isles).

    • This stretch of the path runs mostly beside marshes and creeks rather than sea. The landscape is alive with birdsong and purple with summer sea lavender. Look out for spoonbills flying overhead – large white birds with a distinctive blob at the end of their beaks.
    • From Buttlands bus stop in Wells-next-the-Sea head towards the sea and turn right along the quay with the water on your left. Following the coast path beside water, samphire-carpeted saltmarsh and boats, there are signed paths leading right to Stiffkey and the Coasthopper bus stops if you need a shortcut. Walking on towards Morston, look out for bird-rich North Fen on your right (there’s an info board by path). There’s also a lookout tower above the seasonal National Trust kiosk on Morston Quay.
    • There are plenty of refreshments in Wells too and the Anchor pub in Morston village.
    • If you’re looking for a place to swim, start by detouring the mile or so beside East Fleet to Wells-next-the-Sea beach, with its huts on stilts and pinewoods. There are also new electric buses to shuttle visitors to the beach in summer. A circular walk leads through the Holkham Estate and back to the bus stop.