Walking around the Norfolk Broads
Walking through the Norfolk Broads is a great way to see some of the most scenic places, and an opportunity to see wildlife up close. It’s also a great way to get some exercise and fresh air!
With so many walking trails and footpaths across the Norfolk Broads, ranging from short walks to more challenging and longer hikes, there is a good range for all ages and abilities, and there is something for everyone, depending on how much time you have.
There are also some great routes where you can take well-behaved dogs. Please be considerate to others and remember that not everyone is a dog lover, and please make sure you clean up after your dog.
Within the Norfolk Broads National Park there are more than 190 miles of trails and footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes catering for families, or longer walks for the more active. There are more routes available on the Norfolk County Council website.
One of the great things about the Broads is that they are relatively flat, and some walks have been designed for wheelchair access or for people with limited mobility, so there is something for all.
Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the conditions, and take the right clothing with you. Don’t forget the suncream, a sunhat and sunglasses for protection. Even in a cool breeze or cloudy day, you can get caught out! Be prepared for the weather to take an unexpected turn too, and take extra layers and a waterproof jacket.
Good, well-fitting walking shoes are a must, especially if you’re following a longer footpath which could be uneven or marshy.
Don’t forget to take maps, water and snacks with you too!
The Wherryman’s Way
The Wherryman’s Way footpath is 35 miles in length, following the course of the River Yare between Great Yarmouth and Norwich. There are around 12 shorter circular walks that link with the Wherryman’s Way, and you can also explore parts by train, river bus or by bike.
Along the route you will find information boards and audio points which will tell you about the points of interest along the way.
The Weavers’ Way is a popular, long distance route connecting Great Yarmouth with Cromer along a 61 mile course, part of which passes through the Broads.
The route, which is well signposted, is named after the industry that prevailed in the area during the Middle Ages, and will take you along footpaths, old railway lines and some minor roads.
Points of Interest along the Weavers’ Way include Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and the medieval bridge in Potter Heigham. You will find plenty of pubs and refreshment stops along the way.
If you don’t want to walk the whole route, there are some shorter circular walks that link with the Weavers’ Way, such as the Paston Way in North Walsham or the Wherryman’s Way or Marriotts Way from Great Yarmouth to Aylsham.
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