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Norfolk by the Sea

Explore some of the finest coastline in the country; sandy beaches stretch for miles and the coastal wildlife is abundant. Look out for seals and avocet in particular!

  • South East England

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

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    Sep

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Tour codes: 77015

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This is a Grade 4 holiday which includes walks with little ascent and descent. The highest point reached on the walk is around 50m above sea level. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some muddy or wet sections particularly in the winter months. Although ascent and descent is minimal some walks may be longer than might be expected at Grade 4. 

Please note that mobile phone signal is very patchy in the area and a phone signal is not guaranteed. 

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Classic Collection

Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Mile after mile of sandy beaches.
  • Superbly located hotel with lawns leading down to the beach.
  • Endless nature spotting possibilities. Look out for seals and wading birds.
  • The Avocet; adorning the RSPB logo, spotting one is a real treat.
  • Coastal walking in abundance with big skies and sea views.

Subtle charm perhaps best describes Norfolk’s delights. Renowned for some of the longest expanses of sandy beach in the country. Pretty villages, secret inlets, islands and marshes the coast will not disappoint. Most of the walks you will experience will be along the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail with one day involving a small amount of inland walking on the Peddars Way. 

From the hotel, located next to the beach, you can walk out to Gore Point. Beach, sea and sky mingle into one on this excellent introductory stroll. Unlike coastal walking in much of the UK, in Norfolk don’t worry too much about the steepness of the paths, just enjoy the view and take in the big skies. You'll also explore further east with a classic walk from Wells to Burnham Deepdale, quite possibly the most picturesque and varied section on the whole Coast path.

Enjoy beautiful views of cliff tops, sandy beaches, windmills and salt marshes. Spend time in an area where many artists and photographers admire the peaceful views and where many wildlife enthusiasts spot migrating birds and sea life. Take the time to really get away from it all. 



  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach & public buses
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent arrival at the Le Strange Arms in Old Hunstanton. Check in is available from 3pm.  Dinner tonight and each evening is taken in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Holme-next-the-Sea to Old Hunstanton (Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    65m

Start the day with a public bus journey from the Old Hunstanton Post Office, close by to your hotel to the Peddars Way crossroads at the village of Holme-Next-the-Sea. There is a small amount of inland walking on today's walk (approximately 1.5 miles) however the majority is coastal walking on the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail and part of the Peddars Way, walking along tracks, minor roads, footpaths and sandy beaches. 

The walk offers extensive sea views across the salt marsh with excellent bird spotting opportunities. You may be able to view the wild birds feeding along the shoreline or on the salt marsh. You will also have views today of the red and white cliffs of Hunstanton as the walk approaches closer to journeys end. The famous red and white striped cliffs at Hunstanton are an eye-catching attraction due to the unusual colours of the rock. 

From here is a lovely walk through scrub and coastal marsh back to the hotel.

Day 3

Cley-next-the-Sea to Wells-next-the-Sea (Norfolk Coast Path)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    10.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    75/65m

After breakfast, your private coach transport will be waiting outside your hotel to take you to the start of today's walk at Cley-next-the-Sea. The start of the walk will give you a good view of the beautiful Cley Windmill (which has been converted to offer residential accommodation). 

You will walk along the coast today in the direction of Blakeney until you reach Wells-next-the-Sea. This walk offers expansive views across the salt marshes to the sea. As the tide ebbs and flows out of the creeks, a rich feeding ground for wild birds is revealed. A variety of very picturesque small harbours and quays are passed today. 

There may be some time to have a look around the beautiful seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea before you catch the Coastliner public bus back to the hotel. 

Day 4

Heacham to Old Hunstanton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 or 3 hours

  • Distance

    5 or 6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    55/45m

Another linear walk today is offered from Heacham, directly back to your hotel. To reach Heacham, it is convenient to use the public bus for the short journey, south of Old Hunstanton. Alternatively, for a slightly longer extension, you can start the walk at the bus interchange in Hunstanton, which is 1.2 miles from the hotel. 

This walk offers extensive views across the Wash to the Lincolnshire coastline and involves walking on sandy beaches, promenades and minor roads. On a clear day, you may be able to view (with binoculars) Boston Stump (St Botolph's Church) and the Skegness Big Wheel.  

When you arrive at Hunstanton, you can walk under or pass Hunstanton pier and perhaps have the chance to search for fossils below the distinctive red cliffs. The walk takes you directly to your hotel. 

As this is a shorter day today, there is the opportunity for an optional extension walk from the hotel along the sand dunes to Gore Point and return. This walk can be discussed with you the evening before at the leader's briefing. The optional walk can add an extra 5 miles to your day. 



Day 5

Wells-next-the-Sea to Burnham Deepdale (Norfolk Coast Path)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    10.7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50 /55m

The final walk day completes the missing section of the Norfolk Coast Path. You will take the bus back to Wells-next-the-Sea and follow the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail towards Hunstanton but stopping at Burnham Deepdale, before catching a public bus back to the hotel. 

Walk along the coast and take in the views of miles of sandy beaches, stopping by at small coastal villages with their quaint harbours. A fitting way to end your walking programme with a walk of great variety. 

Please note if walking in the summer and the weather during your holiday is favourable, there is very little shade for most of the walk so don't forget your sunscreen. 

Day 6

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. 

We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Apr 2024 - 26th Apr 2024 (5 Nights)

23rd Jun 2024 - 28th Jun 2024 (5 Nights)

1st Sep 2024 - 6th Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

All transport to and from the trailheads, is included in the holiday price.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Le Strange Arms Hotel

Located in the picturesque seaside town of Old Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast, the four-star Le Strange Arms Hotel is the perfect venue for exploring the North Norfolk Coast. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the sea, with lawns leading down to a sandy beach. 

The Norfolk Coast path edges the hotel lawn. It offers guests the perfect location to escape from the city, and relax in affordable, stylish and comfortable surroundings.

The bedrooms we hold on our allocation are 'standard' rooms however sea view rooms are available. If you would like an upgrade, we can obtain a quote for you. All of the standard rooms are doubles or twins, so if you are a sole traveller, the supplement you pay gives you the room for sole use. 

All standard rooms come with the following facilities;

  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk/seating area
  • Tea & coffee making facilities 

The hotel offers free of charge Wi-Fi in all public areas of the hotel and the bedrooms. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4 holiday which includes walks with little ascent and descent. The highest point reached on the walk is around 50m above sea level. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some muddy or wet sections particularly in the winter months. Although ascent and descent is minimal some walks may be longer than might be expected at Grade 4. 

Please note that mobile phone signal is very patchy in the area and a phone signal is not guaranteed. 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our RWH Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. 

To reach the hotel by car: 

From any direction you will likely pass Kings Lynn. From here take the A149 north signposted to Hunstanton. Drive by Hunstanton and follow signposts to Old Hunstanton. The hotel is easily found in the village of Old hunstanton.

To reach the hotel by rail: 

The nearest railway station from the hotel is at Kings Lynn. There are direct trains from London Kings Cross every hour. From Kings Lynn you will need to get either the Coasthopper bus to Old Hunstanton followed by a short walk to the hotel or pre-book a taxi. The taxi journey will take approximately 30 minutes. A taxi should cost £40 - £50 but we do advise you to check before you travel and pre-book. There are a few taxi companies in Kings Lynn and contact details can easily be located on the internet. 

Route planning to and from Old Hunstanton:

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. 

Parking at the hotel is free for guests and there is ample space. 

During your holiday we’ll travel on foot, by private coach and public bus.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

We stay at the La Strange Arms Hotel on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Lunches are not included in the holiday cost. The hotel can provide packed lunches at a cost of £10 each however on most days there will be opportunities to buy lunch during the day.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended walks are covered by the following maps:

OS Explorer 250 Norfolk Coast West 1:25000

OS Explorer 251 Norfolk Coast Central 1:25000

A-Z Adventure Atlas Norfolk Coast Path/Peddars Way 1:25000

Harveys Map Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path 1:40000

You may also be interested to see the Trailblazers Guide 'Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way' - Trailblazer Guide Books – Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way (trailblazer-guides.com) 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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