On our backdoor step we have it all in Norfolk! From Broadland to coast, woodland to valley, we are spoilt for great places to walk. Aside from the regular weekly sessions (Kick Start Monday/ Lunchtime Liveners/ Weekend Energiser/Tasters and Learn to Nordic walk courses) in and around Norwich, there are plenty of walks to provide variety and fresh horizons. Keep an eye out each week for new walks in amazing places. Here are a few November walks coming up…
Ringland and Wensum Valley Meander
This is a delightful walk around country lanes in the village of Ringland near Taverham. Our walk takes us along farm tracks with extensive views of the Wensum Valley. We will pass through ancient iron chain gates and down hedge-lined paths, passing fields of cattle as we head away from the village.
Simply enjoy feeling that you are deep in the heart of the countryside when actually you are only a few miles out of the city. Walk at your own pace and enjoy the feeling of well-being a dose of fresh air gives you.
Windswept Blakeney – Cley on the Bank
There’s nothing like a walk out along the Coastal Path, through a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks, with creeks and channels twisting and turning into the far distance. This is renowned as a designated area of natural beauty – where better to glide along with the poles and experience the magic…?
This walk takes us through the Blakeney National Nature Reserve – one of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitat of its type in Europe. The vast areas of unusual habitat such as pristine salt marsh, vegetated shingle and sand dunes, attract a colourful array of wildlife from uncommon sea birds to the seal colonies on Blakeney Point.
Our walk takes us through the stunning village of Blakeney and out along the historic Quay, then across the marshes, following the (pole friendly) Coastal Path. The views are spectacular and very much compliment a Gear 2 stride. We will later pass by Cley Windmill – an iconic beacon – and then return back to Blakeney with paws on our poles along the Coast Road.
Catton Park Woodland Surprise!
Catton Park is a beautiful 70 acre country park on the northern outskirts of Norwich – and it is gorgeous whatever the season. We will walk through the open parkland and meadows then into the woodland with its many interesting trees and wood sculptures. The views are spectacular and there is a sense of timelessness. It’s hard to think that we are a stones throw away from the city centre.
Catton Park is one of Norwich’s many hidden gems. It’s a beautiful, peaceful spot with plenty of wildlife to observe, and lots of very friendly dogs! The house is imposing and grand, with a magnificent Victorian Conservatory which in its day would have been packed with intriguing fauna.
If you are looking for an hour of ‘feel good’ exercise in a spectacular location, this is the walk for you. You will feel energised whatever the weather in this lovely place…
Step back in time at Caistor St Edmund
It’s magical to walk here as this was the site of the Roman town Venta Icenorum ‘Market Place of the Iceni’ and predecessor of the county city of Norwich! We will walk around the city walls and see the ruins of this important Roman relic. Views stretch out for miles around as we rise to a viewing point, above the River Was valley, but modern life catches us up as fast London-Norwich trains occasionally whistle past!
This site is really special as it contained all the normal features of a Roman town, with a forum, public baths, and basilica, all surrounded by stone walls and just 4 miles from Norwich. The Roman walls are the best surviving feature of the site, reaching 20 feet high in places, but when walking here you do literally feel like you are stepping back in time.
This walk will be a steady Gear 1 and 2 with plenty of time en route for admiring the many amazing views! This is a fantastic ‘feel good’ walk and great for mixed ability groups.
Follow the Poppy Line – Weybourne to Sheringham Circular walk
You’ll discover a beautiful range of landscapes on this walk- from rolling windswept clifftops between Sheringham and Weybourne, to the quieter ancient oak woodlands of Sheringham Park. You may see deer, there are three species in these woods. We’ll cross the Poppy Line railway and go through Weybourne Station – a timewarp, especially if a steam train is pulling in.
This route cannot be more varied. We will follow the Coastal Path, with its vast views out to sea, and then go inland and up through tracks into the woodland beyond. Catching a glimpse of the steam train is magical – this part of the coast seems unchanged by time. As we come out of Weybourne Station, we are on footpaths next to the road. Paws will be needed on the poles at this stage! Returning to Weybourne past the church and pub, you will certainly feel you have earned a good lunch!
Coming soon – Blofield to Brundal on Footpath and Field, Marriot’s Way and the Ludham Circular!