The companionship offered by dogs means they have a special place as part of the family, which is exactly why we offer dog friendly holidays, meaning they do not need to be left behind.
2020 has been an unsettling time for many, but have you stopped to consider the impact it may have had on your four-legged friend?
With so many working from home, your dog will most likely have been thrilled about this change of events, excited to spend as much time playing (and pestering) you as possible.
This may have resulted in some separation anxiety, so the last thing you want to do, once you’re able to again, is to go on holiday without them!
So, whether you’re looking for a dog friendly holiday for 2021 or if you’re local to us and looking for a change of scenery for you and your dog, then why not take a look at our list of the fantastic dog walks around the Norfolk Broads and the surrounding area?
The Bittern Line Walk
Totalling 5.8 miles, the Bittern Line Walk is great for those looking for an adventure. With stops along the way including some lovely pubs and cafes in Wroxham and Coltishall. Often starting at the Bure Valley Railway, this trail will allow you to explore the surrounding areas of the Broads, including the opportunity to explore the River Bure. If travelling by boat you can moor up at Coltishall Lower Common and set off from there, as this circular route will take you right back to where you started. With some breathtaking views, a great bit of exercise for you and your dog, and offering a great escape from everyday life, the Bittern Line Walk is certainly worth a visit.
Horning Circular Walk
Another circular walk, this trail explores both the countryside and takes you along the main street in the village of Horning. Popular stops along the way include the Parish Church in Horning, the Radar Museum (situated at RAF Neatishead) and the 13th Century Parish Church of St Benedict. Not to forget the countless quaint shops in Horning, and some fantastic pubs offering great food and drinks to fuel your journey. The Horning Circular Walk is a great place for you and your dog to visit, perfect for those hoping to do some shopping for some unique gifts, or for any history enthusiast wanting to learn more about local history.
Angles Way is a 93 mile route, which skirts around Breydon Water, which is the point at which the rivers Waveney and Yare meet. You can follow this route down to Oulton Broad and then go up the Waveney Valley. We suggest that you visit Burgh Castle, which can be found on this route!
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve is accessible via Waveney River Centre’s pedestrian ferry. Why not refuel with lunch at the Waveney Inn, before continuing your walk. They allow dogs on leads so you needn’t leave your dog at home.
Whilst it is asked that dogs are kept on leads here at Burgh Castle (to stop them from being tempted to jump into reedbeds!) the outstanding scenery will ensure your dog won’t mind being kept on the lead! Situated overlooking Breydon Water you will find the remains of a third-century Roman fort. A fascinating visit for those wishing to learn more about local history, and a peaceful walk for you and your dog, Burgh Castle is certainly a dog walk we would recommend.
One of the most popular walks amongst local dog walkers, yet somehow always quiet and tranquil, Salhouse Broad is the ideal destination for a dog walk. With 20 acres of ancient woodland to explore, the area has a rich history and is rife with wildlife throughout the year. This is the perfect place to escape from a busy life to find some peace and quiet to enjoy with your dog.
Whitlingham Country Park
Whitlingham Country Park stretches along the southern bank of the river Yare and is surrounded by woodlands, wetlands and beautiful meadows. This is the perfect place for you and your dog to explore, with a circular route around the lake, or if you’re feeling adventurous you could take one of the many opportunities to take a detour into the countryside! For those really up for a challenge, it’s a couple of miles to walk into Norwich City Centre, meaning your dog will be all out of energy by the time you get back home! It is important to note that although dogs are welcome here, due to potentially dangerous (to dogs) blue green algae in the Great Broad, that you do not allow your dog to swim in the water.
Blickling Estate offers a vast 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland for you to explore with your dog. Due to the sheer size of the land surrounding Blickling Estate, you can be sure to be undisturbed during your exploration of the area. You can enjoy the surrounding gardens to the Jacobean mansion, which are the result of years of gardening efforts to create some truly breathtaking gardens. Or, if you would rather travel a little further afield there are way-marked routes in the surrounding area to enjoy the countryside and its history.
Felbrigg Hall & Estate
The areas surrounding Felbrigg Hall & Estate will keep dog walkers occupied for hours, and is definitely recommended to those who are in the mood for an adventure. The Church and Ice House trail nearby allows you to explore fields and woodland, leading to a hidden lake, or if you really want a challenge the Mountain Walk is the one for you! We know what you’re thinking, Mountain – in Norfolk? Technically a small mountain, but a mountain nonetheless, Mountain Walk does have a gradient of over 1,140 feet and is 16 miles long, taking you and your dog through the countryside and along the coast. The circular trail starts and finishes at Felbrigg Hall and offers spectacular views throughout.
Here at Norfolk Broads Direct, while we can’t welcome you to stay currently, we hope that you keep us in mind to visit in the near future to enjoy the local walks, and experience the tranquility and wonderful wildlife found here on the Norfolk Broads.