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Top 5 | Autumnal Walks

Autumn is the season of crunchy leaves, spectacular colours and long meandering walks. Although beautiful all year round, there is something very special about autumn in Norfolk. With flocks of birds arriving for winter, acres of parkland and miles of coastline to explore, here is a list of some of our favourite walks in the county for this time of year. 

Sandringham Estate

Explore Her Majesty's Norfolk retreat by foot or by bike this autumn. Open to the public since 1968, the Country Park is a wondrous place to take a peaceful walk under the trees. The 600 acre park has two trails to wander through, but you are more than welcome to leave the beaten path and go your own way. 

Be sure to stop off at the Sandringham Café for a cup of coffee or a slice of cake afterwards, but if you're feeling a bit hungrier The Ffolkes is only a short drive away for some traditional pub food.

The park is open between 6am and 9pm.

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Salthouse Marshes

Enjoy a different side of Norfolk's coastline with a trip to Salthouse. It is hard to imagine that originally this place was called Salt Hill, as looking over the flat saltmarsh you won't see a hill in sight. This 5-mile circular route falls on the National Trail, and is a popular destination for birdwatchers with the arrival of pink-footed geese, warblers and chiffchaffs every autumn. If you take this walk on a clear day, head over to the beach for views over to Sheringham and Blakeney.

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Blickling Estate

Blickling has 5000 acres of parkland to explore and there are four walks to choose from, each with a unique corner of the estate to uncover. This time of year the multi-use trail and the shorter lake walk are the most spectacular, taking you through the falling orange leaves with conkers and acorns underfoot. 

Dogs are more than welcome, and after your walk stop by Muddy Boots café or the Buckinghamshire Arms for refreshments. 

Open dawn til dusk at their various car parks, but book online if you would also like to visit their house and gardens.


Holkham Gap to Wells-next-the-Sea

Take a bracing walk along the sand dunes towards the bustling town of Wells-next-the-Sea. You'll know that you reached the town when you stumble across the quirky and multi-coloured beach huts on the beach.

Holkham Gap is a well-known spot to locals and backs onto the Holkham National Nature Reserve, another spot for autumn migration. It takes about 40 minutes to walk from one to the other, but there is a café at either end for a quick refreshment. 

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Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park 

For something a little different, head over to the Sainsbury Centre to explore their sculpture park. With sculptures by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink and Antony Gormley amongst the trees, you'll have plenty to see and think about as you make your way to the River Yare.

Based at the UEA, you'll notice an interesting mishmash of different architectural styles, and it is well worth linking the sculpture trail with the UEA lake walk, where you're bound to encounter some shetland ponies. 

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