The Norfolk Broads National Park is a great place for anyone who enjoys walking regardless of age and ability. There are over 190 miles of footpaths, nature trails and country lanes that connect the pretty Broadland villages with the surrounding countryside. From long distance paths to short circular walks, walking the Norfolk Broads is a great way to explore the National Park and discover the unique beauty of the area.
Walking in the Norfolk Broads can be enjoyed as part of your Norfolk Broads Holiday, our cruisers and cottages provide a fantastic base for exploring or if you are just visiting the Broads for a day why not hire a day boat for the day and combine it with one of the walks below for a fun family day out.
Planning your Walk
Look up routes in advance
Our Norfolk Broads walking routes below are a great place to start. However if you prefer to get of the beaten track we recommend OS Explorer map OL 40 The Broads.
Consider the time of year and dress appropriately
In autumn and winter paths are likely to be muddy and possibly whilst in summer you might see a lot of stinging nettles.
A good backpack will store your map as well as water and snacks, throw a waterproof and sun cream in there as well and you will be prepared for all eventualities.
If you’re walk doesn’t end near your mooring or accommodation or if you are planning a linear walk you may need to consider public transport or a taxi.
Norfolk Broads Walks from Moorings
We have put together a collection of circular walks in the Norfolk Broads which can be easily accessed from moorings, perfect if you are on a Norfolk Broads Boating holiday. Alternate starting points for those arriving by car have also been included.
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Distance: 5 Miles
Distance: 4 Miles
Distance: 3.2 Miles
Distance: 3.2 Miles
Distance: 2.6 Miles
Distance: 3.2 Miles
Distance: 4.2 Miles
Distance: 6.8 Miles
Distance: 2.05 Miles
Distance: 3.5 Miles
Distance: 2.5 Miles
More Norfolk Broads Walks
- Barton Broad Boardwalk Walk - an easy walk around Barton Broad Boardwalk, accessible by wheelchair 1.5 miles (2.4km)
- Beccles Marsh Walk - an interesting walk exploring the and area of grazing marshland outside Beccles 4 miles (6.4km)
- Bramerton Riverside Walk - a short route along the river Yare taking in marshes, woodland and Bramerton village 1.5 – 3 miles (2.4 – 4.8km)
- Bungay Walks - a walk along the river Waveney and takes in part of the Bigod Way 3.5 miles (5km)
- Burgh Castle Walk - a short walk around the ruins of the Roman fort with great views of the Broads 1-1.5 miles (1.5 – 2.5km)
- Coltishall to Horstead - walk alongside the River Bure and the Bure Valley Railway Path 6 miles (9km)
- Herringfleet Hills - walk through varied countryside with lovely views across the Waveney Valley 3 miles (5km)
- Irstead Staithe - a short walk exploring the countryside around the staithe 2.8 miles (4.5km)
- Loddon Marshes - a short walk taking in town, grazing marsh and river 1.8 miles (3km)
- Ludham to How Hill - walk past How Hill Nature reserve and along the River Ant 6.3miles (10km)
- Reedham - a short walk along the River Yare 1.5 miles (2.4km)
- Surlingham Church Marsh Walk - walk along the River Yare and around the Surlingham Church Marshes Nature Reserve 1.5 – 2 miles (2.5 – 3km)
Walking in Norfolk provides also links to downloadable printable maps listed by location.
Norfolk Broads Long Distance Walks
The Weavers Way runs through the Norfolk Broads from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. The route passes through the towns of Aylsham, North Walsham, Hickling and Acle. 59 miles (95km)
The Wherrymans Way follows the River Yare through the Norfolk Broads between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The route passes through the riverside villages of Cantley, Reedham and Berney Arms. 35 miles (57km)
The Angles Way follows the Rivers Yare and Waveney from Great Yarmouth through the Southern Broads to Knettishall Heath. The route passes Breydon Water, Burgh Castle, Fritton Lake, Oulton Broad, Beccles, Bungay, Harleston and Diss. 77 miles (124km)