Are you looking for a woodland adventure to discover with your family or family dog?
Check out our 8 woodland walks in Norfolk below with great walks and scenery to be enjoyed. Some woodland parks offer more than others, so please read through each destination.
There are three trails you can choose from, the Red and Blue trails are slightly off the beaten track with occasional break points. The Yellow Trail is well surfaced, suitable for pushchairs, with benches located along the walk to take a rest.
With over 30 species of trees to explore, including Scots and Corsican Pine, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Larch. This large woodland makes for a relaxing stroll taking in the sights and sounds.
Popular with dog walkers and mountain bikes, the woodland offers a lovely few hours exploring and exercise.
Note: Free car park with plenty of spaces.
Felbrigg sits within 520 acres of waymarked trails through the woods and out to the lake.
A wayfinding map of the estate can be collected from the car park information stand, providing several varied length and accessibility waymarked routes to explore. Most being suitable for pushchairs.
Being a large estate comes with plenty of wildlife to keep an eye out for, with the likes of deer, sheep, owls, bats and dragonflies often being seen.
With varied trees of all ages, makes for a colourful adventure with the likes of ancient Beeches, Oak (some ancient), Sweet Chestnut, Hawthorn, Ash and Sycamore. Something to keep an eye out for is ‘The Victory V’, which is two tree lined avenues, when seen from the sky, looks like a ‘V’ in respect to a brother of a squire who died in WWII.
The Estate home and gardens can be explored at additional costs. Click here to find out more.
This beautiful estate is a real picturesque destination, with plenty on offer for an enjoyable day for the whole family.
Note: Pay and display Car Park (free for National Trust Members)
Known as the Queens Private Estate, this wonderful country park is over 243 hectares, all for visitors to enjoy all year round.
There are many nature trails, paths, with a mixture of evergreen and trees, mainly Corsican and Scots Pine mixed with Oak, Sweet Chestnut and Birch, which provide a lovely home to all types of animals and birds.
There are two waymarked Nature Trails, one which is 1.5miles long and the other 2.5 miles long. Other woodland paths are available if you wish for a casual stroll or winding walk.
After some fresh air why not enjoy refreshments at the Sandringham Cafe & Coffee Shop and a stroll around the gift shop.
Sandringham House and Gardens can be explored for a cost, please check with times and up to date costs here.
Note: Car Parking Charges, 2hrs – £3.00, 4hrs – £5.00, All Day – £7.00.
Thetford Forest is home to many activities from great off-road bike tracks to explore, some more challenging than others. If you’d prefer to be on foot then enjoy a long walk and picnic on the many open areas, with benches available throughout the forest. For the children there are many free adventurous play areas, with giant swings, tree houses and even a sound trail to play some tunes.
This stunning forest is 18,730 hectares making it the UK’s largest man made lowland forest.
The heathland, broadleaves and pines make for an enjoyable day out with a variety of animal and plant life to keep an eye out for.
If you have some free time why not try your aim at archery or survival skills at Back to Wilderness. Go ape is another great aerial adventure with fantastic courses and explore the forest on their Segways.
Here are a few quick pointers to help you make the most of Thetord Forest.
- Dogs Welcome
- Free Play Areas
- Bike Hire
- BBQ & Picnic Areas
- Walking Routes
- Bike Routes
Parking is free at car parks with the exception of the High Lodge Forest Centre.
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden – South Walsham
Fairhaven woodland is an award winning organic garden, situated in South Walsham just outside of Norwich.
With 130 acres of wild and natural plantings, its a real treat for any wildlife lovers. There’s approximately 4 miles of woodland pathways which weaves through a wide range of plants, keeping you intrigued as you turn each corner.
The garden has its very own private Broad which offers lovely views. There’s a boat tour for an additional fee, which last for around half an hour.
Dogs are also welcome to explore which is great!
There’s an admission cost which helps towards the maintenance of the gardens and these are as follows; Adults – £7.50, Concessions – £6.95, Children (4-16) – £3.95, Children (0-4) – Free & Dogs – 30p.
I wouldn’t say there is much to do for children but its certainly a wonderful walk to enjoy for the whole family.
Mousehold Heath – Norwich
Mousehold heath is the largest woodland in the centre of Norwich with around 184 acres to explore. It’s a popular area for many dog walkers and families enjoying time within the woods and on the open lawned spaces.
Being such a large woodland, means its home to a wide range of wildlife, including birds, lizards, butterflies, dragonflies and small mammals.
If biking is something you like to do then these woods are a hot spot for mountain bikers with many jumps and dirt tracks. Great even for little ones, wanting to ride their bikes.
The popular large open green is known as the fountain football pitch, which in summer offers a great space for kicking a ball about and enjoying the sun! An ice cream van is often on site.
There’s plenty of free parking available at various locations in the woods.
Explore this wonderfully landscaped park with woodland gardens and coastal views.
A park which has plenty for the whole family, if you are visiting with children why not download their ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4‘, a great way to get the children involved with the great outdoors.
Sheringham Park is well known for the vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, back in the 1950’s the owner would even host rhododendron champagne parties for visitors to admire the wonderful colours.
Explore the estate and its Bower garden with great sensory plants and ponds to enjoy.
Whether you discover the park on foot or bike, there is plenty to enjoy and take in, keep an eye out for the three species of deer and wide variety of birds and butterflies.
Note: Car Parking Charges £6.50 (free to National Trust members)
Holt Country Park is a Green Flag award winning woodland which offers a very nice 100 acres to explore. Holt is situated approximately 25min drive from Norwich and on the edge of the north Norfolk coast.
The park is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts, dog walkers & family days out, offering many routes to enjoy a relaxing stroll.
Maintained by the council’s countryside team, the woodland has lots of Scots pines and native broadleaves, which sets a wonderful feel to your walk. As the seasons change so does the display of flowers, from orchids in the summer to snowdrops in the winter.
Wildlife thrives here with deer, woodpeckers and many butterflies, which can often been seen.
This park offers 6 trails suiting various needs, these range from 0.5 miles to 1.8 miles. A guide of the park can be found near the toilets/cafe.
The park is open 24/7 and offers picnic areas, play areas, sensory garden, sculpture and carvings, visitor centre and Tea room.
Note: Parking is £2 for 24 hours.
Whether if you are visiting Norfolk or live here, I hope this post of 8 woodland walks in Norfolk helps you discover new destinations to explore.
We’ve visited each of the woodland areas to help provide you with the best information, if you have any questions please contact us.