As a wildlife Mecca, home to the famous Norfolk Broads waterways and with miles and miles of gently undulating coastal walking, Norfolk is a fantastic place for everyone, particularly young families, to walk. The gentle countryside but ever-changing character of the coast also makes it a wonderful option for winter walking as well as the perfect place to while away summer days with lengthy picnic breaks.
There are also many impressive stately homes in the county to visit, many free to National Trust members, whose large estates provide ample opportunity to combine a stroll with a family day out. The superb nature reserves on offer locally, favourites of BBC Springwatch over the years, provide yet another way of enticing children onto the footpath with an added incentive – be it birds or seals that takes their fancy. Accessible walking options are plentiful for those walking with pushchairs with everything from boardwalks on the broads to disused railway lines and seaside town strolls on offer.
For those with long distance trails in mind Norfolk is home to the Peddars Way and Nofolk Coast Path a 150km National Trail from Rushford to Cromer that takes in everything from gentle cliff-tops and long beaches to inland countryside and a Roman road.
Below are a selection of useful links to walking resources for Norfolk. You will also find the usual tried and tested Baby Routes walks listed below this post.
- The Norfolk Trails page is a brilliant starting place if you’re after ideas for Norfolk walks. As well as suggestions for various length routes throughout Norfolk there is also information for activities
- The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail offers a long-distance challenge or a handy and accessible basis for shorter Norfolk walks.
- Marriott’s Way is a 26 mile section of disused railway between Alysham and Norwich which has been converted into a footpath, bridleway and traffic-free cycle-way. A perfect option for pushchairs, toddlers and family bike rides.
- Norfolk Coast AONB Partnership has a useful guide to 11 areas in Norfolk that offer accessible walking for pushchairs, families or those with mobility considerations.
- For those based near the Norfolk Broads, these walking route suggestions may come in handy with varying lengths on offer and a pushchair friendly option for Norfolk walks.