West Norfolk has a selection of trails that provide people with limited mobility the opportunity to explore our wonderful landscapes and wildlife. Many routes are suitable for shortening and extending. The Norfolk Trails website section on access tested trails is the primary local source for accessible trails and you can find more ideas on the Norfolk Coast Partnership website section dedicated to accessible walks for all.
Sandringham Royal Park
The Royal Park is open daily throughout the year and is dog-friendly. There are two way-marked Nature Trails, one is 1 ½ miles long and the other is 2 ½ miles long. Many areas of the park are accessible to wheelchair users and there are two disabled toilets in WC block with a further two in the restaurant.
Length: Short easy route about 430m each way, circular loop about 1200m. The official website can be found here.
Titchwell Nature Reserve
The nature trails at Titchwell Nature Reserve are mostly flat and the Hides have ramp or slope access. The venue is open daily with free entry and there are eight blue badge car parking spaces. A unisex disabled toilet is available in the car park WC block and two wheelchairs are available to hire from the visitor centre. To access the visitor centre from the car park, there is a level-access path and the entrance has shallow slopes. There is a surfaced path through the reserve leading to the beach viewing platforms but please be aware that this path is a public footpath. Dogs on leads are welcome in the visitor centre buildings, in order to access the dog-friendly walking trail across the reserve. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.
Length: West Bank path and the Fen, East and Autumn trails are approximately 1km.
Norfolk Coast Path (more details found here) is an Access Tested Trail by Norfolk Trails. Accessed Tested trails have been undertaken to support people accessing the countryside and to improve quality of life.
Burnham Overy Staithe bank – a surfaced path leading to timber boardwalk with wonderful views. Please be aware that the path is not tarmac. The first part of the path away from the village is bumpy but this settles after the first 100 metres.
Length: 2.32km (1 ½ miles).
Thornham to Old Hunstanton – wheelchair friendly and barrier free walk. At the start of the coastal track, there is a short and steep incline, but this improves once on top, and a flat path leads you all the way through to Old Hunstanton. Please be aware that before reaching Old Hunstanton, the path runs down to the sand which could make it difficult for a manual wheelchair to pass through.
Length: approximately 4 miles.
Gooderstone Water Gardens and Nature Trail
A short walk in six acres of gardens with ponds, bridges and nature in abundance at Gooderstone Water Gardens. The venue is wheelchair friendly, but it is advised to talk to reception about the best route possible as some paths have steps. Disabled toilets are available on site. Dogs on leads are welcome at Gooderstone Water Gardens.
Length: 0.5 miles but other paths allow you to lengthen or shorten your walk.
The coast path between Holkham and Wells is flat and accessible by wheelchair users. Disabled parking is available on site. Holkham beach is dog-friendly.
Length: you can lengthen or shorten trail, but the accessible walk is approximately 1 ½ miles from Holkham to Wells.
Hunstanton to Heacham
A walk along the concrete promenade overlooking the Wash. The promenade is flat and suitable for electric and manual wheelchairs. There is also many ramp access points to the beach and disabled toilets nearby.
Length: Promenade from Hunstanton to Heacham is 3.6km (2 ½ miles).
When exploring west Norfolk, please remember to always ensure that you are safe and prepared. Wear suitable clothing, always use pavements when you can and only cross at safe places. Follow Active Norfolk’s CLAPS: Communicate, Apps, Prepare, and Stay Seen and Stay Safe.
Please note: some trails labelled as being 'wheelchair friendly' may not be suitable for all types and models of wheelchair. There are some Easy Access trails with photographs for guidance provided by the Norfolk Coast Partnership.
West Norfolk Disability Information Service (WNDIS) provides information and advice to people with disabilities.
Shopmobility provides equipment in town centre locations for people with impaired mobility. This includes scooters and wheelchairs, both electric and manual.
RADAR key gives you independent access to over 9000 accessible toilets in the United Kingdom found in shopping centres, pubs, cafes, department stores, bus and train stations.