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Walk It Off!

20 December 2016

River Sr James Mill view credit Keiran Tovell 600x400

After a few days (well, let's be honest – more like weeks) of Christmas indulgence, a spot of post-Christmas exercise wouldn't go amiss. Nothing too strenuous, mind – walking will do just fine for now, so here are our top walks to enjoy during Twixmas (that week right after Christmas) or in the New Year.

Image: Keiran Tovell

RIVER WALKS

The river in Norwich is a great base for walks; start off somewhere like the New Mills and follow the line of the river towards the football ground (you may have to leave the riverbank and rejoin further along at some points, but it still makes a great riverside walk). You can wind through Colegate (stop off for a drink at the Ribs of Beef for a riverside tipple) and head towards the football ground, admiring the city's beautiful architecture as you go. You'll pass Riverside Entertainment Centre along the way, where there's plenty of choice for lunch!

 

PARKS AND GREEN SPACES

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Image: Eaton Park - Harry Herring

Norwich has plenty of areas which would be ideal for a shorter walk; try one of its numerous parks – Eaton, Earlham, Waterloo and Wensum Park are well worth a visit, or take a stroll through heathland and woods (with some amazing views over Norwich) in Mousehold Heath.

 

COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

Join one of many routes which leave from the city; try Marriotts Way, Pedlar's Way, Wherryman's Way and Boudicca Way. They each start from different points in the city and are of varying lengths, depending how far you want to go. Some head out towards the coast, some towards North Norfolk and some go towards/ through various South Norfolk towns or villages! Find out more about Norfolk's walking routes here.

 

FESTIVE WINTER WALKS

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Image: Keiran Tovell

On Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 & Friday 30 December (11am each day) join experienced city guides as they lead three special festive winter walks around the city. Learn more about Norwich's history and favourite heritage spots, with a festive twist, and see more of the city whilst also stretching your legs! Pre-booking is advisable; tours cost £5 per person and are available to buy from the Tourist Information Centre, in The Forum or call 01603 213999.

BOXING DAY & NEW YEAR'S WALK

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is back for another year with their ever-popular Boxing Day and New Year's Day walks. Learn more about Fairhaven's history and the plants and trees which the garden is home to, and afterwards reward yourselves with a mince pie and hot mulled wine! The walks are both included in normal garden admission; find out more here and here.

 

WANT MORE CHRISTMAS?

For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!


COMING TO VISIT?

Greater Anglia have Advance fares from £9 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Abellio also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.

East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.

*seasonal

To find out more and plan a trip to Norwich visit our website: www.visitnorwich.co.uk