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Hike the rich and varied landscapes of Norfolk — Weavers’ Way

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Hike the rich and varied landscapes of Norfolk — Weavers’ Way

Hiking Collection by Dan Hobson

4-9

days

3-6 h

/ day

67.1 mi

1,100 ft

1,150 ft

The Weavers’ Way showcases the wonderfully-diverse scenery of Norfolk. From golden coastline to gentle farmland, serene woodlands to country estates, and the untold delights of the Broads National Park, there is always something to inspire you on this trail.

Starting from Cromer, on the north Norfolk coast, the Way makes a 61-mile (98 km) inland journey through the county to finish in the traditional seaside town of Great Yarmouth, on the east Norfolk coastline.

Taking you along rivers, canals, and former railway lines, the Way explores an ever-changing landscape scattered with pretty windmills, picturesque flint churches, sleepy villages, and lakes and dykes that are teeming with wildlife.

Some highlights along the way include: Felbrigg Estate, a glorious Jacobean parkland; Blickling Estate, a breathtaking county park in the Bure Meadows; Hickling Broad, the largest broad and a year-round haven for wildlife; Thurne Mill, one of the last working windmills in England; Breydon Water, a marshy expanse with many rare bird species; and Great Yarmouth, a bustling seaside destination famous for its ‘Golden Mile’ beach.

As you make your way through the Broads National Park, prepare to be awestruck by the beauty and the abundance of wildlife, especially birds. The broads were formed when depressions left by peat digging in the medieval period flooded. The result is a landscape of marsh and reed that is perfect for many rare and common species.

With almost no hills to mention on the entire trail, the Weavers’ Way affords very gentle walking that is suitable for all abilities and anyone with average fitness. The area is fairly well-served by accommodation, too, which makes it easy to tailor the itinerary to your needs, using the multi-day plan option.

In this Collection, I split the route into five stages, all averaging 13.5 miles (21.7 km). As stage 3 is significantly longer than this, though, especially as you have to hike onto accommodation, I have given some advice on how to split/shorten the route.

At both ends of the route you find good public transport links, including train stations in both Cromer and Great Yarmouth, making it easy to get there and home.

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Weavers’ Way

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950 ft

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Last updated: November 8, 2021

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    Stage 1: Cromer to Erpingham — Weavers’ Way

    Intermediate
    04:56
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This first stage leads you from the golden coastline at Cromer Pier into a glorious Jacobean country estate.

    

    With minimal uphill or downhill, the 11.8 miles (19 km) on this hike should feel leisurely enough, which allows time to explore.

    

    From the Grade II-listed pier, the trail climbs gently to the Cromer

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    14.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Unique buildings combine with spectacular Norfolk countryside on this hike, which explores the glorious Blickling Estate.

    

    Whilst 14 miles (22.5 km) is fairly challenging, the amount of uphill and downhill is minimal, as per the entire trail, so might be easier than you anticipate.

    

    From Erpingham, the Way

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  • Difficult
    06:26
    15.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage takes you to Hickling Broad, a year-round haven for wildlife and the largest of all Norfolk’s broads.

    

    Despite level and downhill walking for the entire stage, 15.8 miles (25.4 km) is a considerable distance and a good level of fitness is required, especially as you need to hike onto accommodation

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  • Intermediate
    04:54
    12.0 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This riverside hike takes you to one of the last working windmills in England and affords classic Broads scenery.

    

    With 12 miles (19.3 km) of distance and almost no ascent or descent to mention, this should be an easy hike, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the national park.

    

    From Heigham Sound, you hike

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    13.4 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The final stage takes you through the heart of the Broads to finish on Norfolk’s golden coastline.

    

    With 13.4 miles (21.6 km) of distance, this is a fairly challenging hike. There is no uphill or downhill to contend with, however.

    

    From Acle, the route crosses Damgate Marshes to the village of Tunstall

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    67.1 mi
  • Duration
    27:31 h
  • Elevation
    1,100 ft1,150 ft

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