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Norfolk Coast Path


84 miles Easy

A National Trail from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea. The path is varied and includes sandy beaches, seaside towns and picturesque villages. The salt marshes are home to numerous bird species, such as Marsh Harriers. You will also see windmills, the site of a Roman encampment and the remains of invasion defences from the Second World War.

The Norfolk Coast Path terrain is relatively easy, with the highest point on the path only 207 ft high when crossing the Beeston Bump near Sheringham. For much of its length, the path is more-or-less flat and is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol. The Norfolk Coast Path was opened in 1986 and originally finished at Cromer. In 2016 it was extended to Hopton-on-Sea on the border with Suffolk.

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Near West Runton

Itinerary

  • Day 1   Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe – 12.5 miles
  • Day 2   Burnham Overy Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea – 10 miles
  • Day 3   Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley-next-the-Sea – 10 miles
  • Day 4   Cley-next-the-Sea to Cromer – 13.5 miles
  • Day 5   Cromer to Happisburgh – 14 miles
  • Day 6   Happisburgh to Winterton-on-Sea – 10 miles
  • Day 7   Winterton-on-Sea to Hopton-on-Sea – 14 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from West to East, but if you would prefer to go from East to West then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are accessible from train stations. The station in King’s Lynn is 30 minutes from Hunstanton by taxi. Hopton-on-Sea is 20 minutes by taxi from Great Yarmouth train station.

Price

The price for a holiday walking the Norfolk Coast Path is £577 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Norfolk Coast Path on a self-guided basis over 7 days
  • 8 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Harvey Waterproof Map for the Norfolk Coast Path
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £752. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: This walk can be done at any time of year, although we recommend between April and October for the best weather conditions and longer daylight hours.
  • Terrain: The terrain is easy. For much of its length, the path is relatively. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Way marking: The route is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path yet, despite its popularity, there are relatively few B&Bs on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route to get a cup of coffee (or a bacon butty or cake!) without having to deviate from the path. However, whether these will be open depends on the time of year, day of the week and time you happen to be passing.

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