Our top 10 festive walks around Norfolk

The Grey seal colony spread across at large part of the beach at Horsey.December 2015.Picture: James

The Grey seal colony spread across at large part of the beach at Horsey.December 2015.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass © 2015

If you've overdone it slightly on turkey washed down with Christmas cheer, fear not. For the county offers a host of spots where you can walk off the excess and grab a few lungfulls of fresh air.

Overhead picture of seals and peope on Horsey beach. Picture: Mike Page

Overhead picture of seals and peope on Horsey beach. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Picture: Mike Paige

See the seals on Horsey Beach after a bracing walk from Horsey Gap car park to the beach. Best views of the colony of grey seals are from the dunes around a mile from the car park.

Visitors are requested to keep to marked paths, keep dogs on leads and keep their distance from the seals.

Autumnal scenes on the Royal Estate at Sandringham. Picture: Ian Burt

Autumnal scenes on the Royal Estate at Sandringham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Enjoy the magnificent pine woods which stretch across the Queen's Norfolk estate at Sandringham.

There's a sculpture trail with carved creatures to spot, a rustic adventure playground for the youngsters and the visitor centre cafe and restaurant is open daily for refreshments.

 Worth getting cold for ....

Worth getting cold for .... - Credit: citizenside.com


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There are running, walking and cycling trails around the vast man-made Thetford Forest plus play areas for children, and its visitor centre at High Lodge is open through the winter from 9am to 5pm.

The British Trust for Ornithology opened a new discovery trail at its Nunnery Lakes reserve in Thetford in November. Take your binoculars along for the 2km walk to spot some of the winged residents who are braving the English winter by the lakes.

The red Mount Chapel, in King's lynn

The red Mount Chapel, in King's lynn - Credit: Archant

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The Walks, King's Lynn's town centre park, is one of the finest in the region with its tree-lined avenues and open spaces.

Just a few minutes from the town centre and bustling London Road, you'll find the beautiful Red Mount Chapel, the pretty stream and folly. Look up and you'll see the trees along Broad Walk host darting squirrels and a host of bird life.

A new viewing platform is being put in place at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: Matthew Ush

A new viewing platform is being put in place at Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, near Fakenham, is one of Norfolk's hidden gems.

The Wensum winds through a mosaic of woodland, heath and wetland maintained by the Hawk and Owl Trust, which is rich in bird life.

 A distant view of Hunstanton from Snettisham Beach.

A distant view of Hunstanton from Snettisham Beach. - Credit: citizenside.com

Wild and windswept Snettisham Beach provides a grandstand view

of one of Norfolk's greatest wildlife spectaculars.

 Had a lovely September walk along the river and Bramerton Common. Lovely to see that there are stil

Had a lovely September walk along the river and Bramerton Common. Lovely to see that there are still boats on the river still. Sky was so blue i had to take some photos. - Credit: citizenside.com

Set your alarm, get down to the beach path at first light, and see thousands of geese take off from their roosting sites out on the mudlflats to fly inland to feed.

A mile and half along the side of the River Yare from Bramerton Common, the path skirts the RSPB's Surlingham Church Marsh nature reserve.

A busy beach and promenade at Gorleston.A weekend of warm and sunny weather.May 2012 Picture: James

A busy beach and promenade at Gorleston.A weekend of warm and sunny weather.May 2012 Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

It offers stunning views of the tidal river.

A two-mile circular walk starts off Gorleston Promenade beside the Pier Hotel by the harbour mouth.

Denver Sluice. Picture: Ian Burt

Denver Sluice. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A breezy stroll along the prom with offers across the sea to Scroby Wind Farm and the Outer Harbour.

Explore the great sluices at Denver, near Downham Market, which help keep hundreds of square miles beloe sea level dry where the great Ouse, tidal Ouse, Relief Channel and Cut-Off Channel converge.

 Hunstanton Beach lit by the late afternoon sun

Hunstanton Beach lit by the late afternoon sun - Credit: citizenside.com

You might glimpse an otter, otherwise there's plenty of birdlife and sweeping views of the Fens to enjoy.

Hunny might not always be sunny, but there's the prom and beach to enjoy along with famous candy cliffs. Plenty of refreshments on offer in a host of pubs and cafes around the High Street.

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