Norfolk Coast Path Trail Running

Norfolk Coast Path Trail Running

A trail running holiday from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea along Norfolk’s heritage coast.

5 to 7 nights
87 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £640 per person

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About this route

Over heathland, through sand dunes and along broad beaches, run one of the flattest coastal routes in the country on a trail running holiday along the Norfolk Coast Path.

With only a handful of climbs to face, you’ll steam along on smooth pathways. Seaports and fishing villages await, the perfect places to grab a breather and a snack, and a wide range of seaside wildlife will keep your eyes busy as you run.

The Norfolk Coast Path starts in Hunstanton and follows Norfolk’s heritage coast all the way to Hopton-on-Sea.

© Contours Walking Holidays Norfolk Coast Path Trail Running  map
Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea
87 miles (139 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Running through national nature reserves such as Holme Dunes and Blakeney Point, where you'll spot a wide variety of seabirds and wildlife.

Enjoying the shade within the pine forest on the approach to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Visiting the seaside towns along the route, where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sight of the boats bobbing in the harbours.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-NCP1 From Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£640
R-NCP2 From Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate£720
R-NCP3 From Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate£840

Norfolk Coast Path Trail Run 5 nights, 4 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Hunstanton where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Hunstanton to Wells-next-the-Sea. 23 miles (37km) / 623 ft (190 m) ascent

Day 2

Wells-next-the-Sea to Cromer. 24.5 miles (39km) / 866 ft (264 m) ascent

Day 3

Cromer to Sea Palling(T). 18 miles (29km) / 794 ft (242 m) ascent

Day 4

Sea Palling(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T). 21.5 miles (34km) / 456 ft (139 m) ascent


Depart from Hopton-on-Sea(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The Norfolk Coast Path offers plenty of differing scenery, with the various stops along the trail being equally as diverse. Should you wish to extend your holiday by adding an extra day or two, there are plenty of options available to help you make the most of the extra time.

The popular seaside town of Hunstanton has a range of interesting locations to visit, including Hunstanton Lighthouse and Shipwreck at St Edmund's Point or the splendid Boston Square. If you journey to the outskirts of Hunstanton you can even visit Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of The Queen. The town itself is bursting with a range of activities and shops to explore, plus the Oasis Alive sports and leisure centre, situated on the seafront, contains a bowling green, a squash court and even a swimming pool in which to take a refreshing dip, or relax in their whirlpool spa.

You could also spend an extra night in Wells-next-the-Sea. This pretty town is framed by tranquil woodland and has a range of shops, restaurants and cosy traditional pubs to explore amid beautiful Georgian buildings, narrow streets and golden, sandy beaches. The area around Wells provides ample opportunities for sightseeing, water sports, bird watching and much more, so there is plenty to keep you occupied as you recharge in preparation for the remainder of your holiday.

The Victorian town of Cromer is another wonderful place to explore, with a famous pier, a proud tradition of RNLI service and a Life Boat Museum, as well as great independent shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. This vibrant atmosphere, alongside fantastic Blue Flag beaches, the tallest church in Norfolk and an attractive seafront, make it a great choice for an extra night and a suitable place to celebrate the completion of your trail running holiday. Bask in your fantastic achievement while sampling Cromer's tasty locally-caught crabs as the sun sets over the sea; the perfect end to your run.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 87 miles (139 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days running
Minimum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Code: R-NCP1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Hunstanton
End of holiday: Hopton-on-Sea(T)

Route Profile

Norfolk Coast Path Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Norwich and London Stansted.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Hunstanton) is at King's Lynn (about 16.5 miles away). The closest rail station to the end of the trail (Hopton-on-Sea) is at Great Yarmouth (approximately 7.5 miles away).

By Bus - There is a bus service from King's Lynn to Hunstanton. Buses run from Hopton-on-Sea to Great Yarmouth.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to King's Lynn. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Hunstanton.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Hopton-on-Sea to Great Yarmouth. From here, catch a train to King's Lynn, and then a bus/taxi to Hunstanton.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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