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The best guides for walking in Norfolk

Dear reader,

Walking: good for the soul, free exercise, fresh air and the perfect way to see the landscape. Walking holidays in the UK will soar this summer with people keen to explore after so many months of traversing the same routes.

To honour this, I’ve collected the best of popular walking guides for our local area here in Norfolk. There are some brilliant new offerings, just arrived, as well as perennial favourites. Whether for a solitary stride, a group ramble or a yomp with the dog, there is a guide to accompany you. We also stock the full range of local OS Explorer and Landranger maps as recommended in most of these books.

We can help prepare you to plunge off the beaten track!

Happy walking,

Holly

 

Norfolk Area Ramblers' Pamphlets

£3.90


A refreshed and reissued set of 3 pamphlets from the The Norfolk Area Ramblers this Spring, each with 12 walks ranging from 3.5 to 9 miles. These are very popular, covering North Norfolk East, North Norfolk West and North Norfolk Central on walks developed by volunteers from the groups, gradually updated and improved with each reissue. These are lightweight, no-frills guides with great detailed routes and handy section reproductions from the relevant OS maps.

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Highways and Byways: Illustrated Walks in Norfolk 

Marion Addy

 

£12.99


This is such a charming, original new walking book, just published and by a local author who has been both walking and painting all her life. During lockdown she was inspired to put these passions together and produce a beautifully, subtly illustrated collection of 15 favourite walks. Part of the charm is the hand drawn map at the start of each walk, but there is also an OS reference too. Then alongside the walk descriptions are her quietly observed watercolour drawings, picking out points of interest along the way. From Honing, where Marion lives, right across the county, I really like and recommend this addition to the local walks canon.

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Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way 

Alexander Stewart

 

£11.99


We are frequently asked for a good guide to the Peddars Way and as well as having various route maps, we recommend this title from the Trailblazer series, which is packed with features and obviously includes the coast path too. Not just maps (large scale, black and white), but lots of practical information about public transport, where to eat, where to stay, facilities, wildlife – so it functions just as well for locals as tourists. There is also a section at the end with GPS waypoints. It reminds me of the style of Rough Guide, with a relaxed, very detailed approach.

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Suffolk Coast and Heath Walks: Cicerone Guide

Laurence Mitchell

 

£12.95


Venturing out of Norfolk (!) and down into Suffolk, this is the ideal guide, encompassing three major long-distance walks that are easily broken down into shorter routes or can be used to plan multi-day itineraries. The three routes described are the Suffolk Coast Path (60 miles), the Stour and Orwell Walk (40 miles) and the Sandlings Walk (59 miles) which link together across the entire Suffolk Heritage Coast. Within each section the walks are split into anything from 2 miles to 10, with clear little OS reproductions and lovely photographs highlighting areas of interest along the way. 

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Guide to Norfolk Pub Walks 

Graham Cann


 £5.95


A tiny little pocket-sized guide, this is a much-loved bestseller for us, and for good reason. What better incentive to walk than knowing at the end or as a pit stop on the way is than a friendly local pub where you can recharge? Covering the whole county, this is a collection of circular routes ranging from a 2 miles amble to a more explorative 6 miles, each highlighting a pub that promises ‘good food and warm welcome’. Covers coast, marshland, inland heath and woods, as varied as the pubs in our beautiful county are! Here’s hoping that all the wonderful pubs in this guide will be able to re-open again in the coming weeks.

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Day Walks in East Anglia

Anna Paxton

 

£14.95


This guide is brand new. At a slightly higher price point than some but certainly worth it for 20 walks that range between 5.7 and 13.9 miles long – plenty to get stuck into. It’s the perfect size and weight for taking on a long-ish walk and includes ideal close up OS map sections at the start of each route. There is some stunning photograph to inspire you before you head off and detailed, clear descriptions throughout as well as suggested shortcuts, alternative routes and also recommendations for facilities and refreshments along the way. I’ll be trying this out over summer.

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Price and availability checked Sunday 16 May 2021

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