Seaside and salt marsh, the vast East Anglian sky, all from our base in a windmill!
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
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The North Norfolk Coast is a maze of grassy seaside paths, shifting dunes, flat farmland and salt marsh. The walking is easy, as it’s virtually flat, and so there’s more time to be spent gazing at the far-reaching views and getting to know the rest of the group on this sociable weekend in the east of England.
We’ll be staying in a very special place, the National Trust owned Tower Windmill Bunkhouse, which is exactly what it says – a windmill! Each day of this long weekend we’ll be heading out on guided day walks to explore the local area, with plenty of tea room stops, photo moments and wildlife watching on the way.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the North Norfolk Coast on two and a half days of sociable guided walking aiming to explore the area and get the most out of our time in this beautiful part of England.
- Relax in the evenings in the incredible bunkhouse, which sits inside a converted windmill.
- Enjoy freshly prepared food, chill out with a cup of tea with your new friends, or just soak in the sea views from the garden.
- Learn about the history of the area, watch for wildlife, and imagine human life on this coastline, stretching back almost 100,000 years!
- Friday 24th April – Monday 27th April 2020
You’re welcome to arrive at the bunkhouse at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors leader will be there to introduce you to your fellow walking companions and help you get settled in. The kettle will be on and before you know it you’ll be relaxing in the beautiful surroundings with a cup of tea.
Dinner is served at 8pm, so until then there’s plenty of time to forget the worries of the working week, get some fresh air in the garden, and of course admire the windmill! After dinner we’ll go over the plans for the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday
These are our two full days of walking and we’ll be out all day, so after breakfast there’s plenty of time to make packed lunches and grab snacks before we head out of the door to discover the area! There’s a lot to explore, but some possible options we’ll be considering for the day include these:
Blakeney Point: Starting from the seaside village of Salthouse, we’ll head west along the coast path, walking along the embankment with excellent views of the Fresh Marshes and the North Sea. Before long we’ll reach the bird sanctuary at Blakeney and the National Trust tea room, before continuing along the coast via Cley and the Morston Salt Marsh, where we can look out over the ever-shifting sands that make this site so unique. We’ll continue walking west to Stiffkey, where the pub awaits, or we can return to Blakeney village to look around.
Holkham Bay: Beginning our walk in the village of Stiffkey, we’ll follow the coast path west, passing the stunning expanse of the Wells Salt Marshes and looking out for sea birds. After passing Wells, we head along the edge of Holkham Bay, where the trees meet the sea at Holkham Meals. We may even fancy a dip in the sea! The path takes us right back to the bunkhouse, and there’s the option for those who want to walk further to continue on past Skolt Head Island before turning back.
Once we’re all back at the bunkhouse, the evenings are yours to relax in the lounge or venture to the nearby pub while we get the food ready. Dinner is usually served at 7.30pm. On one of these nights we will eat out at a local pub and this is not included.
This morning after breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. We’ll be heading out on a 3 hour walk, finishing somewhere we can all get some lunch to end the weekend. There are a lot of options for this walk, but a popular option could be to head to the nearby Holkham Hall and wander round the old deer park, admiring the woodland and the various buildings, such as an obelisk and temple.
We aim to finish the walk at around 12:30pm. After this weekend of seaside walks in big sky country you’ll be full of admiration for this part of England and the huge variety that can be found in a relatively flat landscape.
About the Area
North Norfolk Coast
Famous as a nearly flat county, the northern coast of Norfolk is no different. Even from the height of some of the raised causeways and sea defences you’ll be higher than a lot of the farmland, which gives us excellent opportunities to gaze out over the sea. The coastline is a bewildering stretch of changing features, with plenty to see and admire. There are salt marshes and mudflats, perfect for harbouring thousands of seals, seabirds and birds that migrate through from the Arctic. There are shingle bars and beaches, and the famous shingle ‘ridge’ at Blakeney Point, an internationally recognised bird sanctuary, which shifts position every year. Beyond these wonders, there are ancient monasteries, hillforts, and Roman roads. All of which are accessible via the excellent network of paths, including one that gives us access to the whole coastline. Dotted along the seaside are several towns and villages with cafes, pubs, and of course more windmills!
Good to know:
- 3 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is NOT supplied and you will need a towel
- 3 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on each morning and then a packed lunch for Saturday & Sunday walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
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“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016