If you’ve visited the Norfolk Broads, you’ll know just how many walking routes and footpaths crisscross the area. From short strolls to day-long hikes and accessible routes to challenging trails, the region really does have something for everyone.
As well as being a great way to enjoy some fresh air and get some exercise, walking these picturesque routes offers a fantastic opportunity to see the local landscape up close. To help get you started, here’s a quick guide to walking the Norfolk Broads and discovering this beautiful region.
There are over 190 miles of footpaths and nature trails within the Norfolk Broads National Park. On top of these routes there are even more miles of bridleways throughout the region, giving you an excellent choice of walks to explore during your stay. Many of the walks are divided into picturesque four to six mile circular routes. These are perfect for families and visitors who want to spend a morning or afternoon discovering the area. There are also a number of shorter circuits to explore and longer walks for those feeling especially energetic.
Most of the walks are flat and easy to manage. Some have been designed to be accessible to wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility, ensuring everyone can get out and explore the beauty of the Broads.
One of the most famous routes in the area is the Weavers’ Way. Connecting Cromer in the north of the county with Great Yarmouth in the east, the 61-mile route passes through some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. Put a week or two aside to walk the entire route or follow the section that cuts through the Broads to see the National Park at its very best. Pubs and accommodation options can be found all along the route, ensuring you’re well fed and well rested for the duration of your walk.
From the 1st to the 31st October 2017 Norfolk County Council will be running a walking and cycling festival in the region. Though the exact festival program is still under wraps, it’s likely to include a number of family friendly events and a great choice of adventurous activities. If you’ve been thinking about getting out and about on the Broads but haven’t yet found the energy, joining thousands of other festival goers in exploring the Broads could be the perfect place to start.
More information about walking and cycling routes in the area can be found on Norfolk Council’s website or you can take a look around our site for more ideas on activities and attractions in the local region.