Norfolk (Slow Travel)

Local, characterful guides to Britain's Special Places

by Laurence Mitchell 

Publication Date:  12th Feb 2018


Slow Norfolk Travel Guide – Slow travel tips and advice including local food, the Norfolk Coast, the Broads, Norwich, shopping, beaches and walks. The guide also highlights the best pubs and off-the-beaten-track sights, local festivals, Waveney Valley, the Wash, Yare Valley, Castle Rising, the Brecks, Thetford Forest.

About this book

This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s Norfolk, part of the distinctive ‘Slow travel’ series of guides to UK regions, remains the only full-blown standalone guide available to this county of contrasts, from the fine medieval city of Norwich to the watery wilderness of the Broads and the sweeping beaches of the superlative north Norfolk coast. As well as featuring all the main sights, Bradt’s Norfolk covers places and aspects of the region not detailed by other guidebooks and has a special emphasis on car-free travel, walking, local food and pubs. It also includes personal anecdotes and the views of local people as well as tapping into the Norfolk-based author’s considerable knowledge of the region.
Making a virtue of being selective, the guide points visitors to the cream of the area, but includes the whole of Norfolk from Great Yarmouth and the Broads in the east to the Fens of the far west, from the iconic north Norfolk coast to the Breckland region to the south. Places to eat and drink are selected by the author based upon long-standing knowledge of the area, in particular delving into aspects of local distinctiveness and character. Flora and fauna are also covered, detailing the many wildlife sites within the county that are home to rare species, including the iconic Swallowtail butterfly, and information is provided on many of the best birdwatching spots.
Hiking and biking, literary and artistic connections, canoeing and water-based activities, local food and drink, and all the practical information you could need are included, helping to make this the must-have guide for all visitors to this beguiling county. Written in an entertaining style combining personal narrative with authoritative information, Bradt’s Norfolk has all the most up-to-date information you could need for a successful visit.

About the Author

Laurence Mitchell is a freelance travel writer and photographer who has lived in Norfolk for over 40 years. In addition to writing both Norfolk and Suffolk in Bradt’s Slow series of UK regional travel guides, he has also written walking guides to the region and has researched and provided material on walking in the county for Norfolk County Council. A keen birdwatcher, he has considerable knowledge of the county’s wildlife and the best places to see it. He also takes an active interest in Norfolk’s long-distance walking routes having hiked several of them. Other interests include landscape archaeology, local history, literature and folklore. As well as writing several guides for Bradt, his work has appeared in publications like Geographical, Walk, Discover Britain, Wild Travel and hidden Europe. Laurence is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. His website is and his blog is


‘Eye-opening and wonderful’ The Sunday Times Magazine

‘Slow Travel Norfolk is a celebration of the county as well as a guidebook. it is a personal guide, peppered with practical information, and ranges from the Fens to the Broads and the coast to the city’ Norfolk Magazine

‘With a rich level of local detail, these get under the skin of Britain’s most relaxing spots.’ Wanderlust Magazine

‘A particular strength of the book is its flagging up of the attractions of those parts of the country often unfairly neglected by tourists rushing to the honeypots. Recommended.’ Eastern Daily Press

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Table of Contents

A taste of Norfolk, How this book is arranged, Getting around

Getting around, The end of the line: Cromer & Sheringham, Salt marshes & samphire: from Salthouse to Stiffkey, Wells-next-the-Sea & Holkham, The Burnhams, Brancaster to Hunstanton
The northern Broads, Getting around, The coast: Overstrand to Caister-on-Sea, Into the Broads proper: North Walsham to the River Bur, Barton Broad, Hickling Broad & around
Getting around, Aylsham & northwards, West of Aylsham, Holt & around, Around Walsingham & Fakenham, Following the Wensum Way along the Wensum Valley, East Dereham & around
Getting around, The northwest corner: Hunstanton to Castle Rising, East from Sandringham & Castle Rising, King’s Lynn & around, West into Fenland
Getting around, Norwich, Along the Yare – south bank, Along the Yare – north bank, Away from the Yare
The arty side, Getting around, Diss & around, Diss to Bungay, Beccles & the lower Waveney Valley
The Brecks & Thetford Forest, Getting around, Swaffham & around, The Breck-Fen border country, & into the Brecks proper