By Gill Stewart at
Many of you will be visiting stunning areas of the UK over the Summer Period and if you are lucky enough to be in North Norfolk, you may fancy exploring it with your poles. Local Instructor Mark Richardson suggests some fantastic routes for you to try.
Mark says ” My Three favourite walks are Sandringham, Bawsey/Leziate, and the Norfolk Coastal path”
SANDRINGHAM ESTATE WALK
The Sandringham area also includes, Wolferton (Dersingham bog – a point of contention for the locals – is it a bog or a fen?) Dersingham as well as the Sandringham country park which all link up.
There are so many different paths that link up that it is possible to change the planned itinerary mid walk if the fancy takes you Sandringham is set in beautiful woodland with a few hills which can be included or avoided. Norfolk is definitely not flat but neither does it have any mountains. We regularly see deer, owls, squirrels and the occasional fox and I have also seen an adder, grass snakes and a slow worm.
Not to forget the short loop of the Sculpture trail which we sometimes include for a cool down. My favourite sculpture is at the beginning of another trail and is a large bear, christened Norvic by some of my ladies. I enjoy taking both my senior walkers as well as my young athletes around this area as there is something for everyone. I’m happy if my clients are enjoying themselves whilst improving their health and fitness so you will see me smiling if I am walking gently round or sprinting up a hill.
BAWSEY -LEZIATE WALK
Bawsey country park which links up with Leziate has all the same benefits as Sandringham but with a different landscape. Birch covered hills and a Scandinavian style lake; lagoon waters and some soft sands, the whole area is ideal for Nordic walking. The paths extend into little frequented areas known to but a few because they are well hidden – I sometimes forget that I am in England when I walk around this area.
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NORFOLK COASTAL PATH WALK
This is a great walk because the infrastructure allows it to be done a bit at a time with ease. The Coast hopper bus will drop you back where you started from (left the car).So if you want it can be done a few miles at a time. Brilliant. It also takes in Norfolks’ high point of about 300 feet at roman camp. But equally it can be done in a day and a half with a lightweight tent stove etc…. (30 miles on the first day and finish up by lunch time). Beer in Cromer tastes that bit sweeter whilst waiting for the coasthopper.
The attractive scenery is varied and is interspersed throughout with small seaside towns and villages which provide sustenance of all descriptions. Ice creams can sometimes seem like a necessity when walking a coastal path!
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