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Various start points including Brancaster and Holkham Beach
These walks have kindly been provided by Aimee who lives and works in Norfolk which she has walked with her dog 'Mabel'.
The best dog-friendly walks in Norfolk
I have to say that I have found Norfolk to be one of the most dog-friendly counties in England. Not content with providing dog-friendly accommodation in a wide range of hotels pubs, cottages and campsites, Norfolk offers access for our canine friends to beaches, parks and trails, as well as the grounds of stately homes. I was allowed to take my Shih-poo on certain buses, boats and even to the quiz night at The Jolly Sailors pub in Brancaster Staithe on the lovely North Norfolk Coast, about 24 miles northeast of King’s Lynn.
Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way
The Norfolk Coast Path is an ideal place for interesting and stimulating walks and I found it easy to find a suitable route both for a short stroll or a more ambitious ramble. Walking from Brancaster to the pretty port town of Wells-next-the-Sea is a particular favourite of mine. There is some beach walking and a section that passes through pine woodland, delightful. When you get to Wells, the fish and chips are great and there is a convenient low wall at the edge of the Quay where everyone sits to eat them. The scenery in the area includes beautiful sand dunes, salt marshes, secluded beaches and low cliffs. About a quarter of Peddars Way (approximately 11 miles/17.7 km) lies within The Brecks. If you need walks that are easily accessible, then Peddars Way is just the thing as it follows the route of an old Roman road. It’s open to cyclists as well as walkers, so you must keep your pet under close control. To avoid disturbing the wildlife, I used a short lead when passing through or near the nature reserves.
For a good circular walk that’s peaceful and picturesque, Barrow Common (OS Explorer Series Norfolk Coast West, number 250) is ideal, and what’s more, you can start and finish at the Jolly Sailors public house, where refreshment awaits. If you’d like a breather on the way, the Deepdale Market Café is less than a mile away. The Visitor Centre in Deepdale is also well stocked with additional information on walking routes, so it’s a productive way to spend some time. Barrow Common is a short walk (2.4 miles/3.8 km) that begins with a steep climb to reach the Common, but you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the coast and Scolt Head Island. You will pass through wooded areas, and the common is dotted with gorse and is very popular with rabbits!
If your dog loves to explore like mine does, do be careful to check carefully afterwards for unwanted visitors, such as fleas and ticks, which love to find a warm, comfortable home on pet fur. This is especially important after exploring areas where there is long grass and in woods. Better still, be prepared, and if you’re on holiday, ask your vet for some flea/tick killer and worming tablets for your dog before you go and book a further check-up when you return.
Brancaster and Holkham
I promised you some dog-friendly beaches, and there are literally hundreds of miles of Norfolk coastline to keep you and your canine chum happily splashing about for hours on end. Two particularly beautiful options are Holkham Beach (parking at Lady Anne’s Road pay and display) and Brancaster Beach. Brancaster Beach has a zone that is designated as dog-free in the summer months (May to September), as do many other Norfolk beaches. In October 2015, Holkham Beach had the honour of winning an award from The Kennel Club for being the best dog-friendly beach in the country.
The extensive grounds of the Holkham Hall Estate are ideal for dog walking. There is plenty of parking (fee payable) and the park has a herd of deer and some grazing sheep so keep your dog under control. The National Trust properties of Blickling and Felbrigg Hall also have large areas of parkland ideal for dog walking. Enjoy Norfolk; your pooch certainly will!