Doggy Days Out

Norfolk has miles of dog friendly beaches but if you fancy something different for a day out there are plenty of other places to visit. Keen walkers might like to tackle the Peddars Way, the Norfolk Coastal path and routes along the old railway tracks. The Norfolk Council website has plenty of information about these walks and also several circular routes you can explore. Just remember that much of the Norfolk countryside is agricultural, which means sheep.  Farmers will not be overjoyed if you think you’re a sheep dog and start herding their livestock! So to keep everyone happy ask your human to pop you on the lead and follow the countryside code.

Don’t forget to check out our Dog Friendly Guide – Norfolk’s premier resource for details of all the best dog friendly places to eat, sleep & play.

BACTON WOODS

280 acres to explore.  There are 3 signposted forest walks. Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North WalshamCar Park. NR28 9UE. 280 acres to explore.

BACONSTHORPE CASTLE

Baconsthorpe, Sheringham. Ruins of a medieval and tudor manor house.  (National Trust).

BLICKLING ESTATE

You can enjoy a really nice walk around the grounds of this stately home. There are 4 walks to choose from including the 4 mile Multi Use Trail which is suitable for doggies in strollers. The walks range from 1.5 to 4.5 miles and are all signposted and easy to follow.  Livestock graze freely on the estate so do be aware and follow the countryside code. There is a dog friendly café on site and a pub close by. Car parking charges apply.

Blickling Hall, Aylsham, NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738030.  (our review)

BURE VALLEY RAILWAY

Aylsham NR11 6BW. A totally pawesome day out can be had on the Bure Valley Railway which runs from Aylsham to Wroxham. Dogs £3.50 return. (our review)

BURLINGHAM WOOFS …(OOOOPS – MEANT WOODS!)

Walks to suit all abilities from 1 to 3 miles, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.  Also a very interesting sculpture trail. Access opposite St Andrew’s Church, North Burlingham, Nr. Norwich.

BURGH CASTLE

Breydon Water, Nr Great Yarmouth. Ruins of a Roman fort.

CAISTER ROMAN SITE

Caister-On-Sea. Partial remains of a Roman fort.  A lot of Romans visited East Anglia!

CASTLE RISING – 12TH CENTURY CASTLE & KEEP

King’s Lynn. PE31 6AH. Tel. 01553 631330. Humans on leads please!

CHARLES BURRELL STEAM MUSEUM

Minstergate, Thetford, IP24 1BN. Please check website for opening times.

COURTYARD FARM

Two beautiful country walks through this organic farm on well marked public footpaths (one 2 mile and one 6 mile walk).   The countryside is totally unspoilt and it’s a haven for wildlife and flowers so please don’t stick your nose in the hedgerows and disturb the wildlife. There is livestock around so please be aware of this and ask your human to keep you under control or on the lead. Free maps of walks available at the car park.

Ringstead, PE36 5LQ. Tel: 01485 525251

CROMER PIER

No address as it’s that big long thing that sticks out to sea and you can’t miss it! Nice place to stop, beg for ice creams and watch the world go by.

DAD’S ARMY MUSEUM

The Old Fire Station, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS.  Please check website for opening times.  We are allowed in the museum but not the tearooms. Thetford was the location for many episodes of Dad’s Army and there is a walking trail around the town which tells of its history (details from the Tourist Office).

EARLHAM PARK

Large open park on the outskirts of Norwich next to the University of East Anglia. The River Yare runs through the park if you fancy a paddle. 

Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ. Tel: 03449803333

EATON PARK

80 acres of pawesome walkies to enjoy. 

Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ.

FAIRHAVEN WOODLAND & WATER GARDEN

Nearly 4 miles of woodland pathways to explore! Also boat trips on the Broads. Entry charges apply. Dog watering stations made from recycled beer barrels in the garden, tearoom and picnic area. Open all year (Except Christmas Day). Entry charges apply.

School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ. Tel: 01603 270449 

FELLBRIGG HALL

We are not allowed inside this stately home but we can visit the grounds and the tearooms. There are 3 easy to follow circular walks; one is a 2 mile walk which is suitable for dogs in strollers. You’ll find a map with information on the walks in the car park. 

Felbrigg, NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444

FISHERMEN’S HERITAGE CENTRE

West Promenade, Sheringham, NR26 8HJ. The history of Sheringham’s private (non RNLI) lifeboats, the men who crewed them and the lives they led.

GOODERSTONE WATER GARDENS

Water gardens and nature trails set in 6.5 acres.  Humans on lead with well behaved dogs welcome. Entry charges apply.

The Street, Gooderstone, PE33 9BP. Tel: 01603 712913

HEYDON VILLAGE

This is a small but very pretty village which has been used for many film locations including The Moonstone & Monty Python’s village idiot sketch. You can walk through the Hall grounds on the main track. There and back again is about 40 mins and it’s suitable for strollers. (closed when livestock about). There’s a dog friendly tea room and pub. Heydon is approx. 6 miles from Aylsham.

HOLKHAM HALL

We are not allowed in the Hall but there are 3,000 acres of parkland to visit. Lots of deer and other wildlife around so please stay on the lead. There’s a lake which makes for a nice round walk and a park walk – both are sign posted. 

Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 710227

HOLT COUNTRY PARK

Lots to do at this Country Park including several colour coded woodland walks for great sniffs. There’s a visitors’ hut where you can get some information. Watch out for the wild ponies and livestock.

Hempstead Road, Holt, NR25 6ES. Tel: 01263 513811

HOUGHTON HALL

King’s Lynn, PE31 6UE. Tel: 01485 528569.  We are allowed in the Country Park, not in the house. Please stay on the lead in the park as there is livestock roaming.

KELLING HEATH

Weybourne, NR25 7HW. A ridge of Heathland with fab views between Salthouse, Weybourne and Sheringham. It’s a commercial holiday site but anyone can walk around the heath and woodlands. Can be very muddy in areas. We will be visiting in the spring and will tell you more!

MOUSEHOLD HEATH

184 acres of heath and woodland.

Heartsease Lane, Norwich, NR7 9NT. Tel: 03449803333

MUSEUM OF THE BROADS

The only waterside museum, bringing the story of the Broads alive. You can also enjoy a trip on the Victorian steam launch Falcon.

Poor’s Staithe, Stalham, NR12 9DA. Tel: 01692 581681

NORFOLK BROADS

You can hire self drive boats at several locations on the Broads, prices start from £18.00 per hour.  Organised river trips are available with Broads Tours, Wroxham. Tel: 01603 782207 Dogs £1.00. (our review)

PAINT ME CERAMICS

22 Westgate Hunstanton, PE36 5AL. Tel: 01485 534340. Award winning paint your own pottery studio that welcomes very well behaved dogs.  You can also have your paw print made into a work of art!

PETER COKE SHELL GALLERY

Morris Street, Sheringham. A collection of over 200 shell-art collections.

POPPY LINE – THE NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY

Diesel and steam trains that run between Sheringham and Holt.  Small additional charge for us!

PRIORY MAZE & GARDENS

Cromer Road, Beeston Regis, NR26 8SF.

REDWINGS HORSE SANCTUARY

Alysham, NR11 6UE & at Coldecott, NR31 9EY.  Please contact direct for opening times.

RSPB SNETTISHAM

(Off the A149). We are very welcome to visit but once on the reserve please ask to be put on the lead. There are so many birds around it’s very easy to get excited and start barking and chasing them.  This will not make the humans happy and it will upset the birds.

RSPB TICHWELL

(off A149) Tichwell Marsh, PE31 8BB. Tel: Like the RSPB at Snettisham we are very welcome to visit but must stay on the lead.  There is a nice 1 mile walk through the reserve that leads down to a quiet, sandy beach.

SALHOUSE BROAD

A wooftastic day out can be had by everyone at Salhouse Broad.  Fabulous scenery and footpaths to follow through the trees.

Lower Street, Salhouse, NR13 6RX. Tel: 07795145475

SEAL BOAT TRIPS

Morston Quay A149.  If we are very good and don’t bark and try to jump out of the boat we can join our humans and take a boat trip from the Quay to see the seals.  Tickets. Read Clive’s review.

SEARLES SEA TOURS

Hunstanton. Short trips along the Hunstanton coast in The Wash Monster. Kiosk to book on Hunstanton Promenade. Seasonal opening times, usually around Easter to October. Tel: 01485 534444.  Afterwards stop off for some doggy ice cream at The Refreshment Kiosk.

SANDRINGHAM COUNTRY PARK

The Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty The Queen. Unfortunately we are not allowed in the house or the gardens but we can run around in the Country Park. We are also welcome to attend the many craft fairs, the annual flower show and even the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene. We’ve not seen any corgis but we have seen the Queen. Please check signs for repawts of any cases of Seasonal Canine Illness between August and the end of January to be on the safe side.

Sandringham, King’s Lynn PE35 6EH. Tel: 01485 545400

SHERINGHAM PARK

National trust site with landscaped park and gardens. If you’re into horticulture there are a lot of azaleas in the spring. There are marked trails between 1-5 miles to enjoy. Please ask your human to pop you on the lead around the car park area, toilets, courtyard café,  visitor centre and where the any cattle are grazing. 

Upper Sheringham, NR26 8TL. Tel: 01263 820550

SNETTISHAM PARK

Bircham Road, Snettisham PE31 7NG. We are allowed on leads and we must be well behaved so as not to upset the deer and other animals. We can visit the farm and the trails but we can’t go on the deer safari.

STODY ESTATE

Two popular open access dog walking areas near Briston and Edgefields. Dogs may use the paths in daylight hours and must be on leads outside the designated ‘open access’ areas. Stody Lodge Gardens open in May and dogs on leads are welcome.

Stody, Melton Constable, NR24 2ER. Tel: 01263 860572

ST. OLAVE’S PRIORY

Haddiscoe. Refectory of a Priory with timber roof and 14th Century wall painting.

THETFORD FOREST PARK

47,000 acres makes this the largest lowland pine forest in the UK. Lots of fun walkies to be had. The Forestry Commission do ask that you stay under control for the safety of the wildlife.

Thetford, Visitors’ Centre IP27 OAF. Tel: 0300067440

THETFORD PRIORY

Water Lane, Thetford, IP24 1BB. The extensive surviving remains include the lower walls of the church and cloister, together with the impressive shell of the prior’s lodging and an almost complete 14th century gatehouse.

THE WELLS & WALSINGHAM LIGHT RAILWAY  AND THE VILLAGE OF WALSINGHAM.

Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1QB  – For more info read our Full Repawt & Review.

WATERLOO PARK

Grade II listed park – on leads please.

Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX. Tel: 03449803333

WHITLINGHAM COUNTRY PARK

Nice circular walk which took us just over the hour which was also suitable for my doggy stroller. Lots of sailing boats. Car parking charges apply.

Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR. Tel: 01603 617332

WHITWELL & REEPHAM STATION

Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA. Lovely restored railway station with museum and dog friendly café. Various events held throughout the year.

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