It’s time to bundle up and head out to the great outdoors. As much as I adore hibernating on the sofa watching Gilmore Girls, I can’t do it all of the time. Let’s face it, it doesn’t do much for those January blues. It is oh so easy to feel blue this month, the combination of a Christmas comedown, lack of money and hibernating friends is the worst. Not everything has to cost money though, I’m not talking about window shopping, I’m talking about heading to the marvellous countryside for a long walk and a dose of fresh air. You really can’t beat it, here are five Norfolk Winter walks that I adore.
Holkham – There’s something to suit everyone in Holkham. If you’re a country house lover, a beach baby or a woodland fairy you’re certainly in luck! Holkham Hall and Estate is stunning. The Hall itself isn’t open until April but the grounds are well worth a visit on their own. Make sure to keep an eye out for the deer. From there you can wander around the cute village shops and stop for tea at The Victoria before heading to the woods, nature reserve and beach. The stroll directly to the beach takes you through the woods and nature reserve. There are a multitude of paths that take you along the coast too. Personally I love heading to the vast, open beach to quite literally blow the cobwebs away.
Mousehold Heath – This is perfect if you don’t want to venture too far out of the city. This vast open space is a lovely spot for a weekend wander. From city-wide views, to crazy golf, woodland trails and cycling track there’s something to suit everyone.
Winterton-On-Sea – I’ve never been able to work out if Holkham or Winterton is my favourite beach. They are both so different. Winterton-On-Sea is a small village in east Norfolk. The beach itself is just a long, unspoilt expanse of sand as far as the eye can see. It’s surrounded by sand dunes and has a cute little cafe on the cliff top as well. Come Winter it is secluded and peaceful, it is also a dog friendly beach so prepare for some cuteness! Pre-Christmas you can often spot a seal or two, it’s less popular than Horsey Gap for seal spotting but it’s good for beating the crowds, providing you are sensible and don’t approach the seals. You’ll need to wrap up warm and check the tides before heading here.
Riverside Walk – This is my favourite lunchtime wander. There’s something so serene and refreshing about walking along the river in winter. This is the perfect walk for blowing away the cobwebs and curing an afternoon slump. My favourite stretch of the River is from Cathedral Close around to the top of King Street. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a bevy of Swans, keep an eye out for some amazing buildings too. You’ll forever see this walk popping up on my instagram.
The Norfolk Broads – There’s no shortage of a choice of broads in Norfolk! A quick wander around Hickling Broad is an old favourite of mine. I love discovering cute little countryside villages, so why not opt for a broad close to a village? Grab your wellies or walking shoes and layer up!
So there we have five Norfolk Winter walks, there’s something for everyone too. Why not wrap up warm on a cold, clear day and head outside for some fresh air? It’ll work wonders on those January blues and count towards your resolution of exercising more!
Do you head out or hibernate in the winter?