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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.
280 acres to enjoy and explore! There are 3 signposted forest walks. Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham. NR28 9UE.
Ruins of a medieval and tudor manor house. (National Trust).
You can enjoy a really nice walk around the grounds of this stately home. There are four 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)
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)
Aylsham NR11 6BW.
BURLINGHAM WOOFS …(OOOOPS – MEANT WOODS!)
There are walks to suit all abilities from 1 to 3 miles, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. There is also a very interesting sculpture trail.
Access opposite St Andrew’s Church, North Burlingham, Nr. Norwich.
Ruins of a Roman fort.
Breydon Water, Nr Great Yarmouth.
Partial remains of a Roman fort. A lot of Romans visited East Anglia!
Humans on leads please!
King’s Lynn. PE31 6AH. Tel. 01553 631330. Humans on leads please!
Minstergate, Thetford, IP24 1BN. Please check website for opening times.
There are 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 are available at the car park.
Ringstead, PE36 5LQ. Tel: 01485 525251
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.
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).
The Old Fire Station, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS.
A 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. There is a dog friendly café in the park.
Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ. Tel: 03449803333
80 acres of pawesome walkies to enjoy. This is a formally laid out park with a tree lined avenue, bandstand, boating lake and a pavilion with a dog friendly café. If visiting the rose garden please stay on the paths.
Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ. Tel: 03449803333
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).
School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ. Tel: 01603 270449
We are not allowed inside this stately home but we can visit the grounds and the tearooms. There are three 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
The history of Sheringham’s private (non RNLI) lifeboats, the men who crewed them and the lives they led.
West Promenade, Sheringham, NR26 8HJ.
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
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.
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 also 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
We are allowed in the Country Park, not in the house. Please stay on the lead in the park as there is livestock roaming.
King’s Lynn, PE31 6UE. Tel: 01485 528569.
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!
Weybourne, NR25 7HW.
184 acres of heath and woodland. Pawesome!
Heartsease Lane, Norwich, NR7 9NT. Tel: 03449803333
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
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)
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!
22 Westgate Hunstanton, PE36 5AL. Tel: 01485 534340.
A collection of over 200 shell-art collections.
Morris Street, Sheringham.
Diesel and steam trains that run between Sheringham and Holt. Small additional charge for us!
Cromer Road, Beeston Regis, NR26 8SF.
Alysham, NR11 6UE & at Coldecott, NR31 9EY. Please contact direct for opening times.
(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.
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.
(off A149) Tichwell Marsh, PE31 8BB.
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
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 visit the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene. We’ve not met the corgis yet 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
SEAL BOAT TRIPS
Morston Quay A149.
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.
This is a National trust site with a 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
A 329 acre working farm. 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.
Bircham Road, Snettisham, PE31 7NG. Tel: 01485 542425
There are 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 opens to the public on various dates in May. For doggies who are into horticulture this is a great place to visit to see the flowers in full bloom. Dogs must be on leads in the gardens.
Stody, Melton Constable, NR24 2ER. Tel: 01263 860572
Haddiscoe. Refectory of a Priory with timber roof and 14th Century wall painting.
THETFORD FOREST PARK
Covering 47,000 acres this is the largest lowland pine forest in the UK. There are lots of fun walkies to be had. The Forestry Commission do ask that you stay under control for the safety of the wildlife. Please check signs for repawts of any cases of Seasonal Canine Illness between August and the end of January.
Thetford, Visitors’ Centre IP27 OAF. Tel: 0300067440
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.
Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1QB – For more info read our Full Repawt & Review.
This is a Grade II listed park. Dogs are welcome but must have their humans on a lead. There is a dog friendly café in the pavilion.
Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX. Tel: 03449803333
WHITLINGHAM COUNTRY PARK
You can enjoys a nice circular walk around the lake which took us just over the hour. The path is suitable for doggy strollers. There are lots of sailing boats on the lake. Car parking charges apply.
Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR. Tel: 01603 617332
Whitwell Road, Reepham, NR10 4GA. Lovely restored railway station with museum and dog friendly café. Various events held throughout the year.
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.
Woofs Gizmo Cavalier – Deputy Editor at The Barking Bugle
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