Spring is in full swing.

We’ve been enjoying a few days off, exploring and enjoying Norwich and Norfolk with friends and visiting family.

Here are 3 walks in Norfolk that we did as a family over the Easter holidays that we’d highly recommend:

1. Cary’s Meadow

A small nature reserve on the edge of the Fine City.

Cary’s Meadow is a small(ish) natural space off Yarmouth Road in Norwich – postcode NR7 0EB. There are 147 different plant species growing, including wild orchids in the summer. It once belonged to a dairy farmer named Walter Cary and then to his son George, who lived in a cottage where the pumping station is now, by the car park (just off the A1242 Yarmouth Road in Thorpe). The farming tradition continues and from July to December cattle graze here. The cattle help to keep the diversity of plants on the meadow by stopping scrub spreading into the open grassland.

You may also see muntjac deer, bats, rabbits, and butterflies such as the common blue and orange tip. The willow trees are good for birds such as willow warblers, blackcaps and whitethroats.

We followed the Fairy Door Trail while we enjoyed and explored this place.

Afterwards, we popped along the road and had lunch at the Rivergarden pub.

Notes about this walk:

Time & Distance

A walk around the entire site takes less than hour – the outside edge probably covers a mile or so. But if you take your time, you’ll be rewarded by birdsong a-plenty, and potentially spot other wildlife too.

Accessibility
This is not a massively accessible walk as it involves some uneven, potentially muddy terrain and narrow gates.

Entry & Parking
Entry is free and there is a small, free car park.

Dogs
Dogs on leads are permitted. This may change when the cattle are out grazing.

Read more about Cary’s Meadow here.

2. Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park is one of our favourite places to visit in Norfolk and we return regularly throughout the year. A wonderful landscape park and woodland garden designed in 1812 by Humphry Repton, it is now under the care of the National Trust. On your visit you can experience magnificent coastal views and really stretch your legs following the various tracks, trails and pathways.

There is a cafe, gift shop and toilets to support your adventures, and so much to see and do that no two visits are the same.

This most recent visit, we took the waymarked trails down to the coast, and back – all in all a good hour and a half of walking.

One of our favourite aspects of Sheringham Park is how lovely it is to watch the landscape change with the seasons. This time of year (April / May) is particularly special as you’ll be treated to an explosion of gorgeous colour by the many Rhododendrons there. There were just starting to come out when we visited, so in the next fortnight or so, the display will be utterly stunning.

We also saw lovely patches of bluebells at various points along our walk.

Notes about this walk:

Time & Distance

You can choose to walk as far as you want! There are waymarked trails from 1 to 5 miles and we normally take a few hours on our walks here, our favourite route taking us down to the fabulous Weybourne Station. There are lots of hills for those who like a challenging stride out.

Accessibility
The Repton trail is accessible for 1½ miles, returning the same way, for mobility scooters, pushchairs and wheelchairs. If you are pushing a wheelchair or pushchair, please be aware that this can be quite strenuous because of the undulating landscape. The Bower is also accessible with a drop down path by the pond.

There is an accessible toilet.

Dogs
Dogs are welcome at Sheringham Park.

Parking & Entry

Parking is £6.50 via a ticket machine that takes cards. It is FREE if you have National Trust membership.

Sheringham Park is open all year round, from dawn to dusk. You can read more here.

3. Blickling Park

As with Sheringham park, we love visiting Blickling and visit a few times a year. There are lots of walking options, depending on how fit you’re feeling, and this time of year is lovely with the Spring flowers in bloom.

On this occasion, we walked along to the far end of the lake (where we could hear the cows moo-ing in their shed) and then we came back to the Cafe for a bacon bap.

Notes about this walk:

Time & Distance

With some 950 acres of woodland and parkland, and various tracks and trails, you can choose to walk as far as you fancy. Sometimes we enjoy a short walk around the gardens, but we have been out to the wider estate on epic walks that last a few hours.

Accessibility
The new(ish) Multi-Use Trail offers a 4-mile, safe off-road path through Blickling’s beautiful historic park and farmland. It’s ideal for adapted wheelchair users to enjoy.
There are disabled-access toilets in the café.
There is disabled-access parking.

Dogs
Dogs are welcome, but must usually be kept on a leads, especially near where livestock are grazing.

Parking & Entry

Parking is £5 via a ticket machine that takes cards. It is FREE if you have National Trust membership.

Blickling Park is open all year round, from dawn to dusk. The Gardens and House have additional entry charges and different opening times. You can read more here.

As well as keeping fit and seeing lots of lovely Norfolk wildlife over the course of the above walks, all that fresh air will ensure you sleep well. We did all these days out over the course of just over a week and I slept more soundly that I have in ages.

Enjoy!

Check out these other ideas for days out in Norwich and places to visit in North Norfolk.