Child-Friendly Walks In Norfolk
26 April 2019
Norfolk is a beautiful place to get out and about and close to nature, with miles of man-made waterways and countryside that is an absolute haven for nature and wildlife. Everybody can enjoy walking in Norfolk, and it is particularly family friendly due to the gentle landscape that still has plenty of character.
If you love the seaside, then there are lovely seaside towns filled with beach walks and seals to spot. What’s more, there are also plenty of stately homes to visit, most with large estates to explore and stroll through.
You won’t find many mountains to climb in Norfolk, but there are plenty of beautiful walks to enjoy, and we thought we would bring you a few of the most child-friendly. Whether you have someone who has little legs or need a route that is suitable for a pushchair, we’ve got just the walk for you.
This is a great place to bring toddlers, as there is a children’s trail, a tea room, gift shop and wonderful woods to walk through. The 950-year-old King Oak tree may well be the longest living thing in Norfolk, and it is magnificent amongst the other ancient trees that are native in the woodlands there.
There are three miles of pushchair-friendly woodland trails to enjoy, that are easy enough to make your way around. You could either walk all of them or just a section depending on your group’s ability. There are also boat trips that are run on their private broad daily, which are great for wildlife watching!
There are two Winterton circular walks of 1.5 miles and 4 miles each, both of which are suitable for children and families, but it should be noted that they are not pushchair friendly.
The shorter of the two walks allows you to explore the dunes in the area, which are a wonderful place to visit for nature lovers. While the walk itself is relatively short, there is plenty to see and enjoy. If you’re lucky, you may even see some grey seals swimming!
The longer of the two walks also allows for a bit of exploring inland, taking you to the ruins of St Mary’s church at East Somerton. This old ruined church is surrounded by woodland, overgrown with ivy, and there is now an old oak tree growing through the former chancel. Kids will love exploring these ruins!
This walk is great because it is wheelchair accessible, which makes it perfect for pushchairs too. The walk is around 1.5 miles long and will take you through swampy woodland full of wildlife, with plenty of spots to rest along the way and a lovely panoramic view over Barton which is the second largest of the broads.
While it isn’t dog-friendly, it’s ideal for the rest of the family so would make for a lovely day out.
Kids love a bit of history, so the Burgh Castle walk will provide them with plenty to discover about the past, at one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the country. The walk is 1.5 miles long and has a wheelchair and pushchair accessible path, and there is a car park on Butt Lane that you can park in until 6pm.
Besides the ruined fort itself, this walk takes you through the reedbeds of the Broads, where you will spot plenty of wildlife, but do be careful to keep any dogs on leads as many birds that nest there won’t want to be disturbed while nursing their young.
We hope that this has given you a few ideas for things that you might like to do to get out and about for some fresh air and exercise with the kids. Nothing burns off young energy like the great outdoors, and it’s important to keep them active with these great child friendly hikes!
Do be sure to check the availability of our Tydd St Giles park if you need a peaceful place for you and your family to stay during your visit.