The South East Coastal Path takes you from the Wash down to Southampton – 84 miles of wildlife hotspots, sandy beaches with colourful beach huts, historic sites and fishing villages serving up the freshest catch of the day. There are plenty of places to set up camp, have a picnic or get all cosy in a traditional pub… that’s the beauty of an English coastal getaway! Perfect for families with young kids, couples and even groups of friends, a walk along the coastline is good for everyone.
Find out the most popular trails on this southern section of the England Coast Path, and where you can stay with us nearby.
Norfolk Coast Path National Trail
Great for foodies and wildlife lovers, the Norfolk Coast Path takes you on an easy amble along some coastal gems, and through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from Hunstanton to Hopton on Sea. You’ll cover a lot of ground; the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve and the working fisherman’s harbour of Brancaster Staithe, to the well-loved golden sands of Holkham Beach and the picturesque harbour town of Blakeney. You’ll find yourself at the Grade II listed Cromer Pier, which is home to an award-winning summer show before pressing on towards Sea Palling, a quiet family-friendly seaside village with a Blue Flag beach (where you can sometimes find surfers on a sunrise session) and areas of unspoilt natural beauty. Then down to Hopton on Sea via grassland and dunes. Avid birdwatchers and maritime history lovers will enjoy this walk as the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve is home to migrating birds, the Cley Marshes is one of the best birdwatching sites in the UK and Caister’s lifeboat station/museum is an interesting site to soak up the history of the region!
If you’d like to traverse some Norfolk farmland and heathland, you can join the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way to form the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path, it adds an extra 79km but it’s worth it if you’re looking for a peaceful walk through some greenery.
Where to stay:
Cromer Country Barn | Sleeps 10 | 3 nights + | From £24pppn
Sheringham Townhouse | 10 | 3 nights + | From £26pppn
Meadow Manor | Sleeps 14 | 2 nights + | From £28pppn
Cliff Manor | Sleeps 12 | 2 nights + | From £27pppn
Ramsgate to Camber
This is an ideal walk for history buffs and lovers of garden scenery – in the Ramsgate to Folkestone section, you’ll find interesting sites from both World Wars, from the historic Cinque Port of Sandwich to the St Martin’s Battery viewpoint in Dover. You’ll also find the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, home to plenty of wildlife and dramatic coastal views! As you journey on towards Camber you’ll pass through Dungeness, home to a third of all plants in the UK and Derek Jarman’s Shingle Garden. This stretch is no stranger to war tales, with plenty of historic evidence along the coastline such as the Napoleonic Martello Towers.
Where to stay:
Kingsdown Beach House | Sleeps 10 | 3 nights + | From £40pppn
South East Coast Path map
These walks cover vast areas of the coastline, but of course, you can chop the walks up into smaller, more manageable sections if you’re just looking for a weekend away. National Trail Breaks have put together a tool so you can create your own itinerary, which you can save and use for your own South East Coast Path adventure! Or, if you’re interested in one of the other coastal walks we’ve pulled together blogs on the North West Coast Path, North East Coast Path, and the South West Coast Path.