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Delightful dog walks in Norfolk

Written by Georgia Dawson on

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Norfolk is a fantastic location for dog walks, with gorgeous countryside to explore, the Broads to discover and coastal views to admire. Below are ten dog-walking hotspots for you and your four-legged friend.

1. Whitlingham Country Park

Whitlingham Country Park, situated 15 minutes southeast of Norwich, is a fantastic place to walk, run or cycle, camp and picnic. Whitlingham also offer a range of water-based activities, such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Whitlingham is a wonderful place to bring your dog for a walk – the circular 3km route guides you through woodlands and meadows, with beautiful views of the lake.

2. Blickling Estate

Surrounding the breath-taking Jacobean mansion, the gardens of the Estate are the result of inspired planting over 30 years. Covering an amazing 4,600 acres with 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland, Blickling Estate is a fantastic place to bring your dog for a run around. Explore the grounds before settling down on the grass for a picnic in the sunshine. If you fancy joining other dog-walkers on a regular basis, the Blickling Bounders are a dog-friendly walking group that depart from the main car park every Monday at 10am for a wander around the Estate.

3. Holt Country Park

Holt Country Park is located a short walk away from the Georgian town of Holt, on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wandering around the circular trails allow you and your four-legged friend to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and walk as far as you like. You can grab a map from the Visitor Centre before you begin as there are various colour-coded trails to follow, all varying in length. The paths crisscross each other, and all end up back at the Visitor Centre.

4. Holkham beach

Holkham beach is one of the most un-spoilt and spectacular stretches of sand in the country. Your dog will love a run around on the vast sands, however there are designated beach walks if you would prefer to follow a route. The lovely two-hour walk leads you to the lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-sea and back again, boasting beautiful coastal views on the way and woodland views on the way back. For a shorter walk which is also suitable for disabled visitors, follow the hardcore track along the pinewoods. At the George Washington Hide, there is access to the beach where you can enjoy coastal views on the way back.

5. Happisburgh beach

From Happisburgh beach, there are miles of wonderful coastal paths to discover in the surrounding area. Happisburgh beach is on Norfolk’s Deep History Coast, which is where a land mass connected Britain to the Continent, pre-Ice Age. 850,000-year-old footprints have been discovered at Happisburgh and are the oldest evidence of humans outside Africa's Great Rift Valley. Bring your dog for a run around on the beautiful and historical beach at Happisburgh.

6. Felbrigg Estate

The beautiful park, complete with a lake, 520 acres of woodland and waymarked trails, is a wonderful place to bring the dog for a day out. The 2.5 mile Church and Ice House trail passes through lovely fields and woodland, leading you to a hidden lake. Along this circular walking trail, you'll pass fascinating historic buildings dating back to the 1700s as well as interesting trees. Alternatively, the 16 mile Mountain Walk takes you through countryside, parkland and along the coast. The circular trail with spectacular views has a gradient of 1140ft which is the equivalent of a small mountain. The walk starts and finishes at Felbrigg Hall and you’ll pass Sheringham and Weybourne on the way.

7. Salhouse Broad

At Salhouse Broad, explore the outstanding beauty of the surrounds woods, water and wildlife. The 40-acre Broad is open to the public all year round and is part of the Broads Executive Area, a member of the National Park family, and lies within the Salhouse Conservation Area. There is also another 20 acres of woodland to explore which is accessible to visitors. Visit Salhouse Broad for a day of peace and tranquility and walk your dog in a relaxed atmosphere.

8. Brancaster beach

Brancaster beach at Brancaster Estate boasts vast gorgeous golden sands, perfect for a dog walk. Being a very dog-friendly beach, Brancaster sands stretches are far as the eye can see and is ideal for a summer evening wander or a winter breath of fresh air. The beach is at its best when the tide is out, with miles and miles of un-spoilt sands. The remains of an old shipwreck can also be seen when the tide is out.

9. Sea Palling and Waxham beaches

Awarded the Blue Flag status, Sea Palling beach is a fantastic location for a dog walk during the winter time. However, it does get quite busy during the summer time due to the beach being very popular with families. In the summer time, heading down to Waxham beach is a good idea – the beach is hidden by trees and sand dunes and with no local car park or amenities, Waxham beach is ideal for a peaceful and beautiful dog walk come summer or winter.

10. Sheringham Park

With almost 1000 acres of land to explore at Sheringham Park, you have the opportunity to take a short stroll with your four-legged friend or a longer walk in the sunshine. There are four waymarked trails you can follow, ranging from one to five miles. The walks will guide you through varying habitats of the Park, boasting beautiful coastal views as well as woodland wanders. The wonderful Repton Walk at Sheringham Park is dog-friendly, 2 miles long and will take you through the landscaped parkland, with gorgeous coastal views as well as countryside landscapes.

Georgia Dawson

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