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A panoramic shot of a couple holding hands on an empty beach at Old Hunstanton.

Wintertime in West Norfolk

Wrap up warm, brave the great outdoors and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of west Norfolk’s coastal and countryside landscapes this Winter.

Wrap up warm, brave the great outdoors and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of west Norfolk’s coastal and countryside landscapes this winter.

Take a Winter Walk

A couple holding hands walking through Castle Acre ruins, West Norfolk.

Stretch your legs and take a stroll through the wide natural landscapes and sandy beaches of west Norfolk. Breathe in the fresh, crisp air and enjoy the frost-kissed rural countryside this Winter. Explore trails, footpaths and circular routes that will guide you through the surrounding serene landscapes of King’s Lynn and Downham Market. There are many different routes available that are suitable for all ages and abilities in the area.

During this quieter time of the year, head to the west Norfolk coast and enjoy a brisk walk down the long empty coastline with your family, friends or dog. Embrace the big skies and bare beaches that west Norfolk has to offer in Hunstanton, Heacham, Brancaster and other coastal attractions.

Discover miles of rural and coastal trails and plan your next walking adventure on our Walk West Norfolk app.

Enjoy our Dog Friendly Attractions

A brown and white dog looking over Burnham Overy Staithe.

From Castle Rising to Drove Orchards, Oxburgh Hall to Sandringham Country Park, there are many dog-friendly sites to be enjoyed this cool, frosty season. If your four-legged friends love to walk on the beach, we have many beaches in west Norfolk to suit all dogs including Snettisham, Hunstanton, and Holkham. Before planning your trip, check out our dog friendly walking trails on our Explore West Norfolk website and visit our Dog Friendly West Norfolk blog post.

Cycle Routes in West Norfolk

A cyclist biking through a west Norfolk village

Fully experience the charming villages, quiet back roads and gently rolling countryside on two wheels this Winter. We have many cycle routes and loops to take you away from busy city life and through our picturesque rural and coastal landscapes.

If you are looking for short, long or circular routes, we have got you covered on the Explore West Norfolk website and app. 

Go Bird Watching

A family birdwatching. A father is watching his daughter look through yellow binoculars.

Start your day early and discover what birds you can find peeking through the bare trees and beside natural water sources this season.

As one of the major bird migration routes in the world, The Wash is the best place for catching the incredible sight of migrating birds flying overhead as the sun breaks through the horizon. If you are interested in wildfowl such as swans, wigeon and pochard, Welney is the place to be during these winter months. Catch daily bird feeding sessions at WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

West Norfolk is the home to many bird sanctuaries and coastal and countryside nature reserves. Make sure to download our Guide to Birdwatching for more information on brilliant winter birdwatching opportunities this season and also check out our Nature Reserves and Wildlife Parks in West Norfolk blog post.

Discover our Rural Landscapes

The colourful Fens landscape near Downham Market.

If you’re looking for wide-open spaces, huge skies and quintessential English villages, west Norfolk’s glorious countryside is the place to be.

Park up and take a stroll through the wonderful woodland that surrounds the British Royal Family’s much-loved Sandringham Estate or for a sense of openness, explore the dry landscape of The Brecks or marshy region of The Fens.

Explore the West Norfolk Coast

The sun setting over the waves at Hunstanton Beach.

Take to the shore for some of the most spectacular views in west Norfolk. Catch the breath-taking sight of the winter sun glistening over the coastal waters or look above at our unique multi-layered red and white chalk cliffs at Hunstanton.

From traditional seaside resorts to quiet fishing communities and mooring opportunities to seal spotting, the west Norfolk coast has something for everyone to enjoy. For avid sailors looking to explore our waters, visit the Sail the Wash website.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and tag @VisitWNorfolk in your exciting experiences this #WintertimeinWestNorfolk.

Please note that the information provided on this webpage was accurate on the date and time it was updated [20/12/2023 at 11:46]. Details may have changed after this time and date.

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