There is something for everyone in the area. If you like the great outdoors, then there are many options, from walking, cycling, running, kayaking, paddle boarding to seal-watching. The Weavers Way starts from our doorstep and makes the ideal walking or cycling route. The North Norfolk Coast (AONB) is just 6 miles away. The Norfolk Broads (National Park) surrounds the area, where you can sail, hire a boat, canoe or paddle board. Norfolk is ideal for cycling with quiet country lanes and not too many hills!
If you prefer to mix your stay with some shopping, then Norwich provides an ideal location for some retail therapy. It also has some amazing historical buildings, with two cathedrals, many churches and a pub for every day of the year.
One of the things we love most about living in North Norfolk is the ability to jump on our bikes, either for a trip to the local pub or for a day trip to see the seals at Horsey Gap. The roads are quiet and the country-side is gently rolling.
There are also some good trails that can be ridden, the Weavers Way has two cycle sections, one that starts in Bengate (50m from the Barn) and goes east to the market town of Stalham. Alternatively, pick up the Weavers Way from North Walsham (3 miles away) and ride to the market town of Aylsham.
From Aylsham you can pick-up the Bure Valley Path which is a nine mile footpath and cycle path running alongside the narrow gauge steam train line to Hoveton and Wroxham. Alternatively, from Aylsham you can take the Marriott's Way a 26 mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route which follows the routes of two disused railway lines, running between Aylsham and Norwich.
Whatever your preference, we are happy to make some suggestions.
There are so many great places to walk in Norfolk and particularly in North Norfolk that I couldn't possibly do it justice in a few short sentences. So here is a link to finding more about some of the routes and trails nearby.
If you don't want to get in the car then there are some great walks that start right from our doorstep. One of the best is along the picturesque Weavers Way, a disused railway line that runs 61 miles from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
In our cottage welcome books we have included some nearby walking routes for you to enjoy.
If you would prefer not to bring your own bikes with you for your holiday, then why not rent ours? We have a selection of bikes of varying frame sizes, just let us know in advance and we will ensure that they are available. The cost of hire is £15 per day per bike or £50 for a full week. We can also provide a cycle helmet and some route suggestions.
There are lots of options for canoeing or paddle boarding on the Norfolk Broads and other local waterways. We have some favourite routes that we can suggest if you are bringing your own boats. British Canoeing also have some route maps that can be found on the gopaddling.info website.
Alternatively, if you would like to rent canoes or paddle boards or go on a guided trip then visit the canoeman.com located in Wroxham which is just a 10 minute drive.
A trip on the Norfolk Broads is a 'must' when you are visiting the area. Within a few miles we have many places that it is possible to rent boats of varying shapes and sizes. Bank Boats & Canoe Hire are located at Wayford Bridge, less than 10 minutes away.
Wroxham, is the major centre for Norfolk Broads boat hire and is only 15 minutes drive with numerous options for boat rental.