7 of the best woodland walks in Norfolk
These seven woodland walks in Norfolk are guaranteed to make you feel at one with nature.
From hidden dells to sprawling forests, these places are great for leisurely walks with a scenic backdrop.
1. Foxley Wood
Fresh from being included in BBC Wildlife's round-up of the best nature hotspots in the UK, Norfolk's largest ancient woodland is the place to get away from it all.
The wood, near Reepham, was selected by writer Patrick Barkham for its quietness and the "magic within".
Spring is the best time of the year to visit the woodland, as it becomes enveloped in bluebells and its nature comes alive.
2. Sheringham Park
These mature woodlands are well maintained, giving it a country park feel rather than a wild forest ramble.
Owned by the National Trust, the park has spectacular viewing points over the surrounding countryside and miles of footpaths with easy cycling.
Its café was rated in Sarah Merker's list of the best National Trust scones in the UK.
3. Holt Country Park
This peaceful woodland, dominated by Scots pine and native broad-leaved trees, is known for its orienteering course and programme of environmental and arts events.
The park is a Green Flag Award holder, meaning it is one of the best green spaces in the country.
The park has a visitor centre, public toilets and routes that are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
4. Bacton Wood
Located just east of North Walsham, Bacton Wood, also known as Witton Wood, is perfect for a day out.
There are several walking and cycle paths running through the forest, which has 30 species of tree.
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The yellow trail - which is 1.3 miles - runs along well-made tracks with frequent benches to stop and take it all in.
5. Felbrigg Estate
The estate's 520-acre Great Wood contains thousands of trees including maples, oaks, beeches, sycamores and chestnuts.
Felbrigg Hall's scone has also been crowned one of the country's best in Sarah Merker's list of the best National Trust scones in the UK.
6. Whitlingham Country park
Nestled just outside Norwich, in the picturesque village of Trowse, lies Whitlingham Country Park.
It is a favourite among both city dwellers and countryside enthusiasts, offering a tranquil location to get away from it all.
7. Sandringham Estate Country Park
The Queen's Sandringham Estate is a popular walking spot for many.
The Royal Park is open daily throughout the year and offers two waymarked nature trails, with one a mile and a half long and the other two-and-a-half miles long.
Set across 243 hectares, the park can also be used for cycling and is dog friendly.