Norfolk proves running paradise

“Why do you pack your running shoes when you are going on holiday?” It’s a question some friends ask with genuine bemusement.

What can I say? How do I explain to anyone who doesn’t have the running bug that one of the best and most relaxing ways to unwind is to get the running gear on and spend time striding through the countryside.

Especially the Norfolk countryside. Where else do you find the wide open spaces or gently rolling hills? It’s a runner’s delight.

Around the village of West Beckham there are miles and miles of quiet roads, country paths and, of course, coastal routes to help the stressed runner rediscover their equilibrium.

Three running spots spring instantly to mind, although the adventurous jogger will find plenty more.

Sheringham Park is close by and offers way-marked routes that range in distance from 1 to 5 miles. Cover all four tracks or choose your routes and distance to match your training needs.

Choose your own route

Within the park, there are a number of paths leading to amazing locations such as several high viewing points, including The “Gazebo”: Mildred’s watch tower in Oak Wood. Of course, there is always plenty of parking and a good coffee shop open at weekends.

There is also a Park Run every Saturday at Sheringham Country Park. Click here for more details.

Inclined to run at West Runton

A gem of the Norfolk Coastal trails is hidden in the woodland and heath around West Runton and Beeston Regis. With incredible views, a great deal of technical, hilly or fast woodland trails, there is something for everyone – from novice joggers to hardened trail runners. This is also a superb location for running with your dog(s) and a fantastic place to watch some of local wildlife.

And anyone who says Norfolk is flat should try the section of the path towards West Runton, Beeston and Sheringham. Let’s just say there are a few inclines!

Follow the coastline

The Norfolk Coastal Path itself is a glorious trail along the cliff tops and alongside the beaches that run from Hunstanton to Cromer. There is a good bus service so you can run for as far as you want and then hop on the bus back to where you started. Or you can do an ‘out and back run’.

For a longer circular route try the Blickling Park to Aldborough village. This is a 21 kilometres route which takes in Blickling Hall and Estate and criss-crosses the River Bure. A good place to start and finish is in the village of Aldborough.

Follow the footpaths leading to Wolverton hall and then follow a woodland path that crosses the river twice. You then pass through the beautiful Blickling Estate before following the Weaver’s Way to Erpingham and back to Aldborough.

A mammoth challenge

And for those runners wanting a memorable challenge, how about signing up for the first ever Mammoth Marathon which is taking place in May 2020. Entries for the event open soon for this unique race.

The route takes you from Sea Palling to Sheringham, where the race finishes at the High School. There is also the half marathon option, which starts at Mundesley. For more information on the Mammoth events, click here.

If running is your thing and you feel the Mammoth Marathon could be your next big challenge, then contact us at Rookery Farm Barns so we can look after your accommodation needs during the big race.