Whether your preference be the coast, woodland, or nature and wildlife, staying at Woodlands Caravan Park in Upper Sheringham or the holiday cottages in West Beckham means you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to walking.
The caravan park is adjacent to one of the top 5 walks in the UK, as recommended by the National Trust. The biggest surprise is that, contrary to popular belief, not all the walks are flat. We are close to the 'Cromer Ridge' that was formed in the ice age, and features some of the highest hills in Norfolk.
We are located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will not run out of places to explore whatever level of walking experience you seek. Here is a selection of walking ideas and itineraries for your stay at Woodlands Caravan Park and Woodlands Holiday Cottages.
A hidden valley that is perfect for wildlife lovers, Sparrow Dale has a wide variety of trees making it a great place to spot birds of prey.
The National Trust leaflet gives a background to the location:
'Sparrow Dale is a wildlife gem that has evolved from unlikely origins. In the late 19th century it was reconfigured to accommodate shooting parties at Sheringham Park. This was not considered challenging enough for expert marksmen, so trees were planted on the hills to force the birds upwards making them more fleeting and difficult to hit. Today there is just peace and quiet ( plenty of wildlife and no shooting! ). The trees have matured to make this an amazing walking experience.'
A National Trust property, Sheringham Park is linked to Woodlands Caravan Park by a short walk. Within this park are three renowned walks - Temple Walk, Repton Walk and the Ramblers Route.
Sheringham Park extends to 1000 acres. In addition to rhododendrons and azaleas there are woodlands, parklands and cliff tops to explore.
Today, you can climb to the tops of the towers that have been built to allow everyone to see the breathtaking views of this beautiful park and the North Norfolk coast. Time it well, and you will also see a steam train on the Poppy Line which runs from Sheringham to Holt.
The North Norfolk Coastal Path passes close to Woodlands Caravan Park and offers fantastic scenery and landscape. The coastal path is 47 miles long, the majority of which runs through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Pretty Corner Woods is a much valued aspect of Sheringham's heritage and is a very popular place to walk, to exercise dogs, for children to play or simply in which to relax.
A variety of native and introduced trees cover the undulating land which can be steep in places. The woods are crossed by a network of paths, providing very interesting walks with spectacular views over the town and coast.
There is a wide range of native wildlife and, depending on the season, visitors can expect to see birds such as buzzards, nuthatches and goldcrests. Butterflies are numerous especially commas, gatekeepers and the graceful white admiral. Red campions and foxgloves are among the numerous varieties of wild flower. If one keeps very quiet, sight of a muntjack or red deer is possible.
There is a large grassy area at the lower end of the site which provides a sheltered sunny place for picnics and general recreation. Pretty Corner Woods is about 15 minutes walk from Woodlands or 5 minutes drive from the holiday cottages. There are two small car parks serving the site.
To the north of the site, the privately owned Pretty Corner Tea Rooms offers refreshments. In good weather these can be served outside in an attractive woodland garden.
Just 15 to 20 minutes away by car is Well-Next-the-Sea, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wells-Next-The-Sea is a thriving town and sea port and another great area for exploring the great outdoor experiences that North Norfolk has to offer.
The downloadable guide covers 12 walks encompassing Wells Harbour, nearby Fakenham, Sculthorpe Moor, Little Walsingham, Burnham Thorpe (where Admiral Lord Nelson was born and raised), and around Holkham Hall.
Some may wish to explore further inland and it would be a shame not to as North Norfolk's inland areas are outstandingly unspoilt, with lovely flint villages, market towns, historic buildings and churches as well as spectacular countryside for walking.
Aylsham is just a 20 minute car journey from Woodlands and an area that captures all of the above attributes. Norfolk County Council have produced a guide featuring 12 walks including Aylsham, Reepham, and the Buxton areas.