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5 of the best places for a winter walk in Norfolk

Five of the best winter walks across Norfolk. <i>(Image: National Trust)</i>
Five of the best winter walks across Norfolk. (Image: National Trust)

With December finally arriving, here are the top five winter walks to explore across Norfolk.

The Holkham Estate

The estate is home to more than 3,000 acres of parklands and coast to explore. The park offers a host of waymarked footpaths spanning across the estate, with routes suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Eastern Daily Press: The 3,000 acre estate offers something for everyone
Eastern Daily Press: The 3,000 acre estate offers something for everyone

The 3,000 acre estate offers something for everyone (Image: Archant)

The grounds develop even more magic over the festive period. The hall itself gets a Christmas facelift that can be explored by guests in their candlelight self-led tours.

Blakeney Point Coastal Walk

Blakeney National Nature Reserve's rugged and dramatic coastline makes it the perfect place for a stroll in the winter months.

Eastern Daily Press: Blakenet Point was even classed as one of the most breathtaking in a recent study
Eastern Daily Press: Blakenet Point was even classed as one of the most breathtaking in a recent study

Blakenet Point was even classed as one of the most breathtaking in a recent study (Image: Mike Page)

The area of outstanding natural beauty has vast open landscapes perfect for a slightly more active walk. The National Trust has a four-mile-long shingle spit to the sand dunes perfect for blowing those wintery cobwebs away.

A large seal colony is also known to make the beach their home, however, it is important to admire them from a distance and stick to the paths set out.

Whittingham Broad

The broad on the outskirts of Norwich is a hive for activity. The circular two-and-a-half-mile trail winds around the broad for a picturesque waterside walk.

Eastern Daily Press: The Broad and country park lies just outside central Norwich
Eastern Daily Press: The Broad and country park lies just outside central Norwich

The Broad and country park lies just outside central Norwich (Image: Mike Page)

The park is also home to Flint café which offers the perfect place to warm up with tea or coffee afterwards.

The route is very flat and perfect for anyone looking for something more leisurely.

Blickling Estate

The stunning estate set around the Jacobean stately home offers a popular destination to unwind, with thousands visiting the site every year.

Eastern Daily Press: The stunning Blickling Estate offers a great winter walk
Eastern Daily Press: The stunning Blickling Estate offers a great winter walk

The stunning Blickling Estate offers a great winter walk (Image: Antony Kelly)

The 950-acre estate is host to various walking routes set around its parklands and woods. The lake walk offers a particularly fresh winter walk with the hall offering a perfect backdrop to get you in the festive spirit.

Marriott's Way

The 26-mile route is made up of footpaths, bridleways' and cycle routes that follow the route of a disused railway line between Aylsham and Norwich.

Eastern Daily Press: Marriot's Way cuts straight through the Norfolk countryside
Eastern Daily Press: Marriot's Way cuts straight through the Norfolk countryside

Marriot's Way cuts straight through the Norfolk countryside (Image: Archant © 2012)

The path cuts across a whole range of landscapes including the Wensum river valley and Whitwell common which offers a great place to spot wildlife.