Wintertime in West Norfolk


Experience west Norfolk's breathtaking sense of space...


From rural to coastal treks, explore our trails this winter...


Don't forget to experience west Norfolk's famous winter sunsets...

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


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.


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. Before planning your trip, check out our Dog Friendly West Norfolk page and walking trails on our Explore West Norfolk website.


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. To view the cycling map for King’s Lynn, visit our Cycling page.


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 visit our Birdwatching page and download our ‘Guide to Birdwatching’ for more information on brilliant winter birdwatching opportunities this season.


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 Her Majesty’s much-loved Sandringham Estate or for a sense of openness, explore the dry landscape of The Brecks or marshy region of The Fens.


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.

Set along the North Coast Path to trail through the natural beauty of Old Hunstanton, Brancaster and Holkham Beach. Discover more details on our Norfolk Coast and The Wash pages.


After a long day walking, cycling or bird watching around west Norfolk, why not unwind and reward yourself with a delicious beverage or tasty meal at one of our cosy local pubs.

Put your feet up in front of a roaring fire and try some of the best ales the country has to offer. If you are looking for a bite to eat, pull up a chair and tuck into a great selection of seasonal produce from our local area. Many pubs throughout west Norfolk are dog friendly, offer children’s menus and family rooms.

From authentic traditional pubs in our historic market towns to charming inns nestled deep in the countryside, visit our ‘Pubs and Restaurants’ page to find the perfect place to dine this winter.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and tag us in your exciting experiences this #WintertimeInWestNorfolk.

Explore, have fun and stay safe this Winter. Before visiting west Norfolk, we encourage you to check the current Coronavirus restrictions.

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