Active Outdoors in Norfolk
Five reasons to get active outdoors in Norfolk
Find places to get active outdoors in Norfolk
There are hundreds of ways you can be active outdoors in Norfolk. You’re not just limited to a local walk or a run; the possibilities are endless!
We’ve listed some popular routes for walking, running, and cycling as well as some open spaces and wooded areas below, however why not make the trip your own by trying something a little different?
This could be an outdoor sport, such as a game of tennis, football or even catch. Alternatively, you could try a scavenger hunt; this idea is good if you have kids or if you just want a bit more excitement on your route.
Walking in Norfolk
- Norfolk Trails: Discover 1,425 miles of walks, running routes, and bridle routes along the Norfolk Trails. Explore hundreds of miles of long-distance paths. Alternatively, take a gentle stroll around a circular route, or discover the county’s coastal treasures. Use the interactive map to find a route near you.
- Walking routes in Norfolk: Visit Norfolk lists walks throughout the county, include long distance walks and shorter walks.
- AllTrails: AllTrails lists the best running trails in Norfolk by area. There are routes for both long and short distance runners.
- National Trust: The National Trust looks after some stunning coast and countryside in Norfolk.
Cycling in Norfolk
- Norfolk trails: Want to get out and about on two wheels? Check out cycle routes along the Norfolk Trails, or explore 58 miles of pedalways across Norwich.
- North Norfolk Cycle Routes: Cycle routes in North Norfolk: From Marriott’s Way to Nelson’s Norfolk Cycling Route, this website is packed full of cyclist-friendly routes for you to try out and enjoy.
- National Cycle Network: The National Cycle Network is a UK-wide network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling, wheeling and exploring.
Parks and open spaces in Norfolk
Whether you’re with the kids or looking to meet up for a socially distanced walk, run or picnic with a friend, there are plenty of open spaces dotted around the county. These are great, safe spaces open to everyone, some of which will enable you to play various sports and even hire out areas.
- Forest site: The Forestry Commission looks after sites across Norfolk including the UK’s largest manmade lowland forest, the 18,730-hectare Thetford Forest. Use their map to find a forest site near you.
- Woodland walks: Indulge in a spot of forest bathing at dozens of Woodland Trust sites across the county – find a woodland near you.
Staying safe outdoors
Now more than ever it’s important to make sure that we’re all doing our bit to make being outdoors safe for everyone. Whilst Norfolk is relatively safe overall, it never hurts to take extra precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
Here are some useful resources to review before heading out:
- The Ordnance Survey’s GetOutside campaign has tips and inspiration for enjoying the outdoors safely during the Covid pandemic.
- The Woodland Trust has produced a useful guide to walking safely in the outdoors.
- Wherever you’re going, don’t forget to follow the Countryside Code.
Whenever you head out on a walk or a run, remember: CLAPS.