Days Out Norwich

Norfolk Broads and Nature

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Danby Wood and Marston Marsh

Danby Wood & Marston Marsh (NR4 6LY)

Danby Wood is a local nature reserve on the southern outskirts of Norwich.  This is a beautiful, yet tiny, wood and is a fantastic short walk for toddlers.

Read more about why it is recommended by Routes for Little Boots as a top Norwich walk here.

Hickling Broad

NR12 0BW

There are some fantastic walks that will keep you busy.  Inside the Nature Reserve you will find some easy to follow footpaths that will lead you around and through the middle the reserve.

Once you’ve seen the reserve, you can head up to Hickling Broad via a footpath that runs across the front of the car park. This is a great area, so don’t hesitate to explore but be careful of traffic as some of your walking may have to be done on the road!

The visitor centre has a gift shop, refreshments and toilets. Wildlife Detective Bumbags for children areavailable to hire: £10 deposit and £1.50 charge.

Contact the centre on 01692 598276 for more information.

Holt Country Park

Norwich Road, Holt, NR25 7SR

Holt Country Park, which is just a short drive from the Georgian town of Holt, is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the North Norfolk coastline.

Here you can totally escape and go deep into the pretty woodland, meandering along one of the coloured trails which can take you on a varying lengths of walks.

Free admission but there is a charge for parking.

Contact 01263 516062 for more information.

Ladybelt Country Park

Hethersett Rd, East Carleton, Norwich NR14 8HX

Ladybelt is a recently established countryside park utilising reclaimed gravel quarry. There are woodland, grassland, wetland and pond areas.

There are no facilities there, but it does have its own little car park. It’s dog friendly but they need to be on leads in spring and summer due to nesting wildlife. Routes for Little Boots.

Read more about Ladybelt Country Park in Routes for Little Boots post of Norwich Walks recommendations.


Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham NR21 0LN

Wildlife and garden trails in sprawling, lake and woodland conservation park, with a visitor centre.

Pensthorpe Natural Park opens daily at 10am (except in the summer holidays when it opens at 9:30am).
Last admission one hour before closing.

Contact 01328 851465 for more information.

Recommended by Mumblers:

Pensthorpe is one of our favourite family outings – it has so much going on! The walks are pushchair friendly, there is wildlife galore, a great cafe, baby change facilities, great gift shop and flamingos! But the best part it the play area – the outdoor play is fantastic but the indoor Hootz House is probably my favourite play area in Norfolk. Really well designed, separate areas for under 5s and 5+ and the adults can even get stuck in! Love it. HT March ’18.

Brilliant indoor and outdoor play areas, buggy friendly walks and lovely cafe.  It’s a great place to get outdoors with the family! JL Nov ’17

Ranworth Broad

NR13 6HY

Ranworth broad is brilliant and pushchair friendly. Car park near the staith, near Norfolk wildlife trust office where you can buy a boat trip if you wish. The Maltings pub has been recently totally renovated and we had a great time the last time we went. Then you have a walk pushchair friendly to the actual reserve, which starts with an amazing gigantic tree. Then you have a short walk on a wooden path through wet land and reeds to get to the visitor centre where there are activities for kids, binoculars, ice creams and hot drinks from a machine.
The only thing is the lack of toilets. From the visitor centre, you can have a 45min boat trip around the broad to see the terns, gulls, cormorans, crested grebes and more sometimes. All our family love it! And if you feel like it there is the possibility of climbing to the roof of the nearby church. I would say for kids 4yo and over. C H-B, Apr’17


Ringland (NR8 6AB)

Family friendly walk, with beautiful views across the countryside and Ringland village.

Read more about why Ringland is a recommended as a top Norwich Walk here.

Salhouse Broad

Salhouse Broad car park: Lower Street, Salhouse NR13 6RX

It is a 10 minute walk from the Salhouse Broad car park to the Broad – but some say this walk is just as nice as the Broad itself!

There is so much to do at Salhouse Broad; not least as here you can wake up to incredible views and surrounded by nature with our wild camping fields or moor your boat in our beautiful broad with running water and other amenities available. You can hire a canoe or kayak for the day or even by the hour and explore the stunning waterways of the Norfolk Broads. Natural paths take you through the bluebell woods and you can take our little ferry to discover the real Broadland wildernesss at one of Britain’s finest National Nature Reserves, the Hoveton Great Broad nature trail.

Sheringham Park

Visitor Centre, Upper Sheringham, NR26 8TL

Spend a day here exploring 1000 acres of varying habitat including woodland, parkland and cliff top. Look out for wildlife, 3 species of deer can be seen alongside a wide variety of birds and butterflies.

Free admission but there is a charge for parking.

Contact 01263 820550 for more information.

Strumpshaw Fen

The Broads, Low Rd, Norwich NR13 4HS

There’s plenty for children to do, with activity rucksacks available (£3), and a range of guided walks for birdwatching beginners and old hands too.  As well as the three hides, the reserve has a wheelchair-accessible viewing point. (£3 per pack). Pond dipping kit is available to use from Easter to October Half-Term (£2 per kit).

Visiting Strumpshaw Fen requires crossing a railway line at the entrance.  Please use the pedestrian gates to cross the line and look carefully to make sure no trains are coming before crossing.  Children should be supervised closely.

Contact 01603 715191 for more information.

Taverham Mill

Taverham Mill, Costessey Rd, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6TA

With four lakes and situated by an old weir and mill pool on the River Wensum, Taverham Mill is a haven for anglers, walkers and nature lovers.

There is a visitor’s centre and small play area.

Read the Norwich Mumbler review of Taverham Mill here.

UEA lake walk


The habitats along the Trail are home to a large variety of fauna and flora. Follow the Trail through woodland, along river banks, across grass meadows and around UEA Broad. Combine it with a trip to the Sainsbury’s Centre.

Parking is free on Bluebell Road/North Park Avenue (NR4 7ED) or paid for at main UEA car park. No play area but close to Eaton Park. Dog friendly.

Read more about the UEA lake walk recommendation from Routes for Little Boots here.

Wensum Walk

Wensum Walk (Starting at the Adam and Eve Pub – NR3 1RZ)

This is a short but pretty walk by the River Wensum.  Started at The Adam and Eve car park and head towards the Jarrold Bridge, then turned right along the river path.  The paths are hard surfaced, so really accessible for city pushchairs.

Read more about why Wensum Walk is recommended as a top Norwich walk by Routes for Little Boots here.

Whitlingham Country Park

Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR, Norwich NR7 0EQ

This woodland and water park just southeast of Norwich is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic or bird watch.

Nice place for family walks. Dry in summer and fairly accessible with a reasonably level stoney surface. Can get muddy during wetter months though.
Dogs are allowed, but are requested to be on leads in some areas.
Nice walk around broad, also provides views of the river Yare, where you can see passing trains (on other side of River), and rowing boats can frequently be seen on the river.
Car parking costs 60p per half hour, and is zealously enforced by an external contractor. Paul B Apr’17