Lonely Planet Writer

A new stretch of coastal path has opened in Norfolk and it's breathtaking

Walkers and wildlife fans are in for a treat, because the latest stretch of the England Coast Path has opened, giving access to some of Norfolk’s coastline for the first time.

Some 21 miles of national trail has opened between Hopton-on-Sea and Sea Palling, including three new miles of access between Horsey and Sea Palling, where people can enjoy a beautiful and quieter section of the Norfolk coast.

It opens up a new route which takes in views of the “spectacular” wide golden sands of Great Yarmouth and the wildlife-rich dunes at Horsey.

England Coast Path
Image by: David Waldram/Natural England/PA

When completed, the England Coast Path will be a 2,700 mile national trail around the entire English coast. It will be the longest continuous walking route in the world, which is definitely not something to be sniffed at.  Government conservation agency Natural England chairman Andrew Sells said the England Coast Path was a “fabulous legacy for our great island nation”.

Not already tempted to don your walking boots and hit the coast? Well, feast your eyes on these pictures of the new trail.

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Image by: David Kirkham/Natural England/PA

England Coast Path
Image by: David Kirkham/Natural England/PA

England Coast Path
Image by: Paul Lacey/Natural England/PA

England Coast Path
Image by: David Kirkham/Natural England/PA
England Coast Path
Image by: Paul Lacey/Natural England/PA
Colorful beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea locally known as Wells. Norfolk coast England
Colorful beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea locally known as Wells. Norfolk coast England Image by Getty Images

The section of path is the second stretch to open in Norfolk, following 26 miles between Weybourne and Sea Palling which was established in December 2014, and it marks 30 years since the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail between Cromer and Hunstanton was opened.

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