Pub walks in Norfolk: 6 pretty circular trails
PUBLISHED: 15:54 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 21 November 2016
Norfolk surely has some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country so take advantage of the county’s scenic surroundings with a walk. We have picked 6 circular walks with great pubs at the end
This is a circular walk of 4.5 miles around the stunning Blickling Estate that is sure to leave you refreshed and invigorated. With lots to see including pretty woodland, an 18th century tower, the striking mausoleum and breathtaking scenery galore. Finish your walk with a visit to The Buckinghamshire Arms for a high quality meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Have an afternoon tea, a light lunch or an evening meal of blue cheese and mushroom soufflé with salad to satiate you after your walk.
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When you arrive on the train in Cromer, the walk starts almost immediately. A circular walk of 6.5 miles, this one is moderately challenging but is sure to be a peaceful hike. You will travel through lush fields with kissing gates, across the stunning estate of Felbrigg Hall and end up back at the train station. At this point stomachs will be rumbling, so head to The White Horse Inn – just a stone’s throw from the beach – for some traditional pub food and a cold glass of your favourite beer. Why not try the famous steak and Guinness pie with potatoes and vegetables?
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The 8-mile Harpley section of the Peddar’s Way walk starts at Great Massingham and winds past West Heath Farm and into Grimston Heath which is rich with beautiful and often rare Norfolk wildlife. Passing through tree clad areas at Stonepit Hills and Old Belt gives a chance to see a diverse selection of flora and fauna. Upon arriving back in Great Massingham, a visit to The Dabbling Duck is a must. Covered in ivy with pretty blue doors and windows, this is a cosy pub surrounded by greenery to recuperate after a long walk. Pick a corner and settle with a glass in hand and peruse the menu before tucking in to some delicious food such as a local asparagus and wild mushroom risotto.
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This walk has a lot to see; from fields, woodland, the babbling waters of the River Nar and historic buildings too. Start your ramble in the pretty village of Castle Acre and head towards the village of South Acre, moving through lovely fields and grassland before reaching West Acre where the walk starts following the River Nar back to Castle Acre. Castle Acre has a motte and bailey castle to explore when you return if you can fight off your hunger long enough. If not, head straight to The Ostrich pub with gorgeous period features including a red brick open fire and tuck into some simply flavoured yet delicious pub food.
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This walk starts in Brancaster Staithe, leading through the village before heading down Common Lane into Barrow Common then around along Green Common Lane. Here, the trail skims the edge of Brancaster before turning and leading along beside the picturesque waters of Brancaster Marsh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You may have the energy to explore Brancaster Staithe after the 4.5 mile walk but if not, head to The Jolly Sailors for celebratory drinks and a hearty meal including choices such as home-smoked meat, pizza and traditional pub classics too. There are also 30 types of rum and cocktails to chase down your meal with.
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As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life so this is a walk with a little piece of everything. Starting in the woodland of Pretty Corner Woods, the trail heads northwest towards Upper Sheringham through fields and grassland, towards the pretty Oak Wood then north to the cliffs where the route leads walkers parallel to the cliff top and then back into Sheringham town. Once you’ve soaked in the sea air, why not find Dunstable Arms – which is located roughly four fifths of the way around – and refuel with some delicious pub grub?
Click here for more Norfolk walks with a map to this one (second Sheringham 6 mile walk)