Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: August 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Sarah Juggins
Written by Sarah Juggins, Walks for all Ages Norfolk features 20 circular walks of up to 6.5 miles that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day for all the family.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Norfolk is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
01. Kings Lynn – Town Walk (4 miles)
02. Castle Rising (6 miles)
03. Roydon Common (5½ miles)
04. Shouldham Woods (6 miles)
05. Great Massingham (5 miles)
06. Castle Acre (6½ miles)
07. Pingos & Breckland (6 miles)
08. Oxborough Hall (3½ miles)
09. Ringstead (6 miles)
10. Holkham to Wells (6 miles)
11. Creake Abbey and the Burnhams (6 miles)
12. Little Walsingham & Gt Snoring (5 miles)
13. Cley on Sea (6 miles)
14. Gressinghall to Beetley (6½ miles)
15. Aylesham (6 miles)
16. Norwich City Centre (5 miles)
17. Strumpshaw (6 miles)
18. Carlton Broad (5 ¾ miles)
19. Weaver’s Way Felmingham (6 miles)
20. Wroxham (6 miles)
Sitting on the eastern edge of the UK, Norfolk is a county with a diverse mix of landscapes and a largely rural population. The North Sea laps at its eastern edge, resulting in a sometimes wild and bleak landscape, while inland, the county is characterised by rolling fields, scattered woodlands, tree-lined country roads and traditional, small villages.
There are four major cities or towns: the capital city Norwich, the holiday destination Great Yarmouth and the towns of King’s Lynn to the west of the county and Thetford to the south. Other smaller, market towns such as Wymondham, North Walsham, Downham Market and Swaffham tend to burst into life on market days.
There has been a tendency for people to dismiss Norfolk as a flat, agricultural county, which is as far from the reality as it is possible to get. North Norfolk has rolling hills that lead from the spectacular coastline into the heathlands that lie back from the sea. The dunes along the eastern seaboard near Cromer and Great Yarmouth rise magnificently into the sky. Norwich has the distinction of having more hills than any other city in England, while all over the county hidden lanes, well-used ancient walking ways and quiet country roads meander and roll over the countryside.
There is nothing uniform about this county. Norwich is a bustling, vibrant, hipster city, with a large selection of independent shops, ancient buildings and modern architecture; King’s Lynn is an intriguing mix of history and beauty combined with urban decay. Then there are the villages: flint and the local carrstone are the predominant building materials and, with Norfolk being one of the driest and sunniest counties in England, the villages are usually decorated with a splash of colour as flower-beds, hedgerows and road sides are bursting with flowers, trees and bushes.
The countryside can be divided into four main areas: The Norfolk Broads are a well-known phenomena, A watery network of rivers and lakes on the eastern side of the county. The Brecks offers a unique landscape to the south of the county. Purple heathers, yellow gorse and wind-twisted pines make this a landscape from another era.
The coastline of north Norfolk stretches from Snettisham to Cromer and is a mix of wide, sandy beaches such as Holkham and Brancaster or the pebbled, steeply-climbing beaches of Cley and Salthouse. The beaches are backed up by dunes, pine forests or marsh lands. The Norfolk Coastal Path takes in this beautiful landscape, which at a sunset or sunrise can be truly mesmerising.
The fourth landscape that you encounter in Norfolk is the Fens to the north west of the county. This is the black, flat landscape that has resulted from man reclaiming land from the sea. Lacking the more natural beauty of the rest of the county, this is still a remarkable and evocative landscape that deserves to be explored.