Take in the splendours of the season by visiting these outdoor spaces in West Norfolk for some fresh air.
Nothing beats a leisurely walk surrounded by nature in the great outdoors for an enjoyable and inexpensive day out. There are plenty of great places in West Norfolk to take elderly loved ones to stretch their legs and soak in the ambience, but if you’re pressed for ideas these suggestions should help you get moving.
There are plenty of easy access walks to choose from as well as a series of Norfolk Easy Ambles, dementia-friendly walking routes created by Active Norfolk. These routes are tailor-made for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy with flat hard surfaces underfoot, handrails along any inclines, lots of seating to rest and blue badge car parks nearby.
Sandringham Parkland is open daily throughout the year to enjoy a relaxing walk. There are two way-marked Nature Trails, one an easy 1.5 miles long, the other 2.5 miles. With many additional woodland paths to explore for a casual stroll. With over 60 acres of accessible land, whether you visit the Country Park in May when the rhododendrons are in bloom; or in the Autumn when the woods are bright with colour and the ground covered with acorns and chestnuts, you will find yourself in a living landscape.
Heacham is a large village in West Norfolk. This circular walk is 0.75km along the Norfolk Lavender gardens and surrounding areas, giving you a chance to experience the abundance of smells and sights. With lavender fields, Heacham river, trees and Caley mill, this walk has features designed to be accessible for all people. With flat, hard surfaces, wide walkways and no steps, there are also facilities on site, including toilets, seating, and refreshments.
Approximately 1.25km along Hunstanton promenade, this walk gives you plenty of time to take in the sea and beach, wide open green areas, as well as the Hunstanton War Memorial. This walk has a short slope to the memorial gardens. With flat, hard surfaces, wide walkways and no steps, this walk was designed to be accessible for all and has facilities on site, including toilets, seating, and refreshments.
This circular walk takes in a meadow trail and fen trail, within the beautiful RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Approximately 0.44km, this walk gives you the opportunity to take in big skies, bird-filled reed beds, lagoons, and marshes. With flat, hard surfaces, wide walkways and no steps, this walk was designed to be accessible for all and has facilities on site, including toilets, seating, and refreshments.
Snettisham is a small peaceful village in the Northwest of Norfolk, this out and back walk is approximately 0.92km along a pathway of quiet village track, past the St. Mary’s Church and Memorial Hall. There are no tripping hazards along this route, refreshments available from the church as well as plenty of sheltered seating, and a public toilet that is accessible for all.
A truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, West Norfolk offers fabulous countryside, incredible beaches, and historic towns. There’s lots to see and enjoy in any outing, so be sure to bring your loved ones to these amazing places to exercise and get them some much-needed fresh air.
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