With so many places of interest to discover in this scenic district, we have designed this simple holiday to include short walks in Norfolk alongside visits to country houses. Our getaway combines five days of gentle coastal strolling with calls at grand stately homes and National Trust properties.
Our North Norfolk retreat is based in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you will get to soak up the picturesque surroundings on our relaxing daily ambles. Each walk is set within a laid-back, rolling landscape, making every day one to savour.
Your five-night break involves several easy-going activities, such as admiring the serene shoreline sights and stopping at magnificent manors. Saunter around the park at Blickling Estate and spot deer roaming the grounds at Holkham Hall. You will also have the flexibility to explore the area yourself at your own pace.
We will stay in the small and pretty village of Kelling, near to the historic market town of Holt. It’s surrounded by 250 acres of woodland heath and is within easy walking distance of the coast. Your comfortable accommodation is a charming four-star country house hotel, which complements this holiday perfectly.
Norfolk Walks with Adagio
During your time away, we will lead you to a number of local stately homes and National Trust protected properties. For instance, you’ll drop by 17th-century Felbrigg Hall, where you can look around the building’s authentic rooms, as well as the attractive walled garden and the Orangery. Wander along the paths in the 520-acre estate here, which is home to woodland walks, parkland and a lake.
You will also visit the stunning Holkham beach for a meander on the sand, as well as the seaside towns of Cromer and Wells-next-the-Sea. Transport will be used each day to take us to our destinations, which will be in the form of a private minibus on a couple of days and public buses on the others.
Your Adagio leader will let you know where you have to be and at what time, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the scenery. If you’d like to uncover more of North Norfolk, book a tranquil escape with Adagio, today.
- Services of a dedicated Adagio leader
- All local transport costs
- All entrance fees (except for Felbrigg Hall & Blickling Estate which are both free for National Trust members)
- Half board accommodation in a four star hotel
What's not included?
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Entrance fee to Felbrigg Hall & Blickling Estate
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
To fully enjoy the walking on this holiday you should be able to walk along uneven undulating paths at about 1½ to 2 miles per hour for distances between 5 and 7 miles broken into two or three sections, with walks lasting up to a total of 5 hours.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
The Pheasant Hotel
Check in at the Pheasant Hotel is from 3:00pm. You will be greeted by your Adagio Leader who will lead a short walk for those interested from the hotel to the coast path at 4:00pm.
Felbrigg Hall & Cromer
The Pheasant Hotel
This morning we travel by private coach to East Runton to start our walk to the 17th century National Trust house of Felbrigg Hall. You have time to visit the hall, walled garden and parkland. After lunch we walk to the seaside town of Cromer and have some free time to explore. Take a walk on the pier, go crab fishing, or even climb the 172 steps to the top of Norfolk’s tallest church tower.
The Pheasant Hotel
A private coach takes us to Blickling Estate for a morning walk around the lake and park. You can join one of the garden tours if you would like to learn about the gardens in more depth and the history of its creation. You will have some free time to look around the Jacobean Blickling Hall before our coach takes us back to the hotel in the afternoon.
The Pheasant Hotel
We travel by private coach to Wells-Next-the-Sea and walk to Holkham beach, one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. From there we walk through the deer park to the 18th century Palladian mansion Holkham Hall for a visit. A public bus will then conveniently take us back to the hotel.
The Pheasant Hotel
We are able to walk direct from the hotel to the National Trust’s Sheringham Park. You will have time to wander around the park and woodland gardens. It is also possible to climb the gazebo to view the coast. We finish the day walking to Sheringham before returning to the hotel for our final evening meal.
Departure day and farewell to your Adagio Leader and other group members. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.
There are options on a couple days to take your own car to Holkham Hall or Felbrigg Hall if you choose not to take part in the group walks. If you decide to do this, car parking charges may apply and we advise you discuss the options with your Adagio Leader.
The cost of entry to Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Estate is not included in the holiday cost as these properties are National Trust, so you may have membership which can get you free of charge entry.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs
We include the local travel costs using private hire coaches and the local Coast Hopper buses to travel back the hotel on some days. If you have a bus pass please bring this with you.
Our Adagio Leader will arrange everything. You just need to be at the right place at the right time.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
Check-in at the hotel is from 3:00pm. Our Adagio Leader will meet with you prior to your evening dinner for a group welcome meeting. Our Adagio Leader will also offer a local walk in the afternoon, leaving at 4:00pm.
To reach the hotel by car:
From London, either join the M11 from the North Circular A406 or from the M25 junction 27. Head north, passing Stansted airport until you see junction 9 signed A11/A14. Take this junction following signs for Thetford/Norwich. Continue on A11 to the third roundabout and take the first exit signed A134 to King’s Lynn. Follow A134 until arriving in Mundford then at the roundabout take the third exit onto A1065 and continue until you arrive in Swaffham. Going through Swaffham town centre, head right at the mini roundabout in the Market Place. You will pass a Tesco and Waitrose on your left as you continue to Fakenham. At the roundabout on the bypass go straight and the road becomes the A148 to Holt/Cromer. Take the first left on arrival in Holt.
From Holt high street, follow through the town passing a BP garage on the left then over traffic lights and take the next left signposted Kelling. Follow approximately 1 mile then take left hand fork in the road and continue to the village of Kelling coming to a T junction with the A149. Turn right towards Sheringham. The entrance to The Pheasant Hotel is 500 yards on your right.
From the North – Midlands – King’s Lynn take the A17 towards King’s Lynn. At the roundabout take the A149 bypassing King’s Lynn and then at the fourth roundabout take the A148 towards Fakenham. At the next roundabout turn left and bypass Fakenham, heading towards Holt/Cromer. Take the first left on arrival in Holt. Then see directions above from Holt.
To reach the hotel by rail:
The nearest railway station from the hotel is at Sheringham. The largest mainline station is at Norwich and there are trains from London every hour. You will then need to get a connecting train to Sheringham. From Sheringham train station you will need to get either the Coasthopper bus to Kelling followed by a short walk to the hotel or pre-book a taxi. The taxi journey will take approximately five minutes. A taxi should cost £10 - £15 but we do advise you to check before you travel and pre-book. There are a few taxi companies in the Sheringham area and contact details can easily be located on the internet.
Route planning to and from Kelling:
The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels.
Parking at The Pheasant Hotel is free for guests and there is ample space.
During your holiday we’ll travel on foot, by minibus and by public bus.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Kelling, North Norfolk
The small village of Kelling is quiet and has very few shops or amenities. Holt is the nearest town, a five minute drive away. Its peaceful setting and central location to all of the attractions we will visit makes this the ideal place to stay.
North Norfolk is such a beautiful place to explore and enjoy a holiday. Your hotel is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning coastline nearby. North Norfolk also has many stately homes and we visit some of them on this holiday.
We stay at the Pheasant Hotel on a half board basis. Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Lunches will be at your expense. The hotel can provide packed lunches at a cost of £10 each however on most days there will be opportunities to buy lunch at the attractions we visit.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Lightweight walking boots with ankle support (you may prefer walking shoes if you have strong ankles)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream in the warmer months.
- A water bottle.
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Your bus pass if you have one.
- Your valid National Trust membership card if you have one
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Maps & Guidebooks
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although insurance is not compulsory for this holiday for UK residents, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in eventualities such as unexpected cancellation.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.