Running in Wells-next-the-Sea
Distance: 9 miles/14km
Start/finish: Anne's Drive, Holkham (NR23 1RG)
Terrain: Sandy beach, path
Ascent: 92 metres
Good for: Coast, beach running, families
Route info: wildrunning.net/33
A spectacular alternative to the Coast Path run between Holkham and Wells-next-the- Sea, this run simply follows the broad, white, sandy beach from where you emerge from tall pine trees on a boardwalk leading from Lady Anne’s Drive down to the beach all the way to Wells. To return, winding through the streets of Wells to reach a lane into Holkham Estate, entering the estate to run through cool, peaceful woodland and past the Hall, ice house and lake to the main entrance, before returning to the start. Alternatively, either follow the wonderful beach back, running in the shallow water at the edge of the vast North Sea, or head up and down the dunes which line the beach. Other return routes can be found along the Coast Path.
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Alternatively, acquaint yourself with the spectacular scenery of the Norfolk Coast AONB and run a section of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path. The stretch between Holme-next-the-sea and Stiffkey is renowned for its wildlife and is dotted by salt marshes, flint villages and small harbours.
Also using part of the Peddars Way, the 7-mile Great Eastern Pingo Trail loops through woodland, heathland and meadow. Run through the nature reserve and past the pingos - shallow pools formed during the last ice age that now teem with wildlife. The route is waymarked meaning you’re free to completely lose yourself in nature’s beauty. Runner’s high achieved, it’s back to the hostel to kick off your muddy trainers, clean up, relax and refuel."
Other things to do nearby
From taking a relaxing stroll to a full-on trek, there's something here for all walkers! The principle walk is Peddar's Way, which is also known as the Norfolk Coastal Path.
Cycle around Holkham park - it's flat as a pancake so suitable for everyone and perfect for young families - there's even cycle hire so you don't have to worry about bringing your bikes.
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