Beautiful countryside surrounds North Walsham, and the North Norfolk area itself is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The best way to explore this wonderful area is either by bicycle, or to delve even deeper into its hidden secrets, by foot. North Walsham is a stopping point on two major walks.
Paston Way is named after the famous Paston Family, the dominant landowning and merchant family of the area during the Medieval and Tudor periods. This walk encompasses an area of countryside to the north of the town and guides you to visit up to sixteen of the areas ancient churches, each telling its own story of the local people and of Norfolk country life throughout the centuries. This walk can be linked with the Weavers Way at either North Walsham or Cromer.
Weavers Way long distance footpath runs for 57 miles between Great Yarmouth and Cromer, at which point it can be linked with the Norfolk Coastal Path. It is named after the local weaving industry which shaped the local landscape in the medieval period. The route traverses an amazing variety of scenery; marshlands, rivers and lakes which form the unique landscape of the Broads, gentle valleys of the rivers Thurne, Ant and Bure, rich woodland and mixed farmland of North Norfolk, and the National Trust estates of Felbrigg and Blickling. There are car parks at several points along the length of the walk, each with a map and information board. Much of the route from Stalham, through North Walsham to Aylsham follows the route of old railway line, where the path alternates between walking lush woodland to enjoying panoramas of the undulating countryside from its embankments.
Information on these and other local walks can be obtained from the Griffon Partnership office, Brentnall House, Vicarage Street. An excellent series of booklets published by the North Walsham Amenity Society, cover several short walks in the area. One is a dedicated walk through the town itself, focusing on special points of interest, and telling something of their individual stories.