I love walking and hiking but I’m not so keen on pitching a tent and only being separated from the world by a thin sheet while I sleep. Thankfully MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays really understands this and have created the perfect walking holiday.
You choose your route and distance from a selection of different packages, then all you have to worry about is walking. The MarGins elves will take down and set up your tent for you, they’ll also transport your luggage between campsites. This means, you don’t have to take more than a daypack with you as you explore Norfolk’s coast.
Most of the packages start from Cromer but there’s the possibility to book a bespoke package. This is exactly what we did in order to walk the western end of the coastal path.
We started in Hunstanton and over three days trekked along the coast to Cley. A total of 34 miles over three days.
Day one – Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale
Within minutes of starting, we were already eating ice cream and looking out over the beach in Hunstanton.
The weather was gorgeous and the walking felt easy. We were due to meet Mark and Gin from MarGins at 5pm at the campsite for a welcome briefing, we knew we needed to keep up a decent pace to make this rendezvous.
Walking the cost path gives you the chance to see the terrain change. Much of this first section was duney paths but there were some woods and beautiful open grassland too.
While we took our trusty OS map with us, we didn’t have much need for it as MarGins provided all the directions and instructions in a handy booklet.
We arrived at the campsite where our beautiful tent was waiting for us. We spent a little time sitting outside watching the sun set and drinking local apple juice before deciding we needed to move and find some dinner. Thankfully, just a little way back down the path was a pub restaurant.
Sleeping in that amazing tent on camp beds with a proper duvet was glorious. In fact, one of the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had.
Day two – Burnham Deepdale to Stiffkey
This was the longest walk of the trip (14 miles) so I started our day by cooking scrambled eggs and toast on the little stove in our tent.
Day two was much chillier and a little overcast but there was all manner of birdlife around as we walked through the flats and marshes. I was in my element!
As we stepped through onto Holkham beach the clouds began to darken.
The next part of the journey was a slog along the beach in persistent drizzle and I was pleased to see the gap in the trees where we’d be able to move a little way inland to get some shelter.
Once in Wells, we decided it was time to stop for some well-deserved cake.
We then continued along the coastal path alongside the salt marshes. This was the home stretch on day two, just three miles to Stiffkey.
Getting back to our tent was a surreal moment as it was like nothing had been moved even though we were 14 miles further a long the coast. The relief of just being able to climb into such a comforting space, without having to set it all up, was wonderful.
A Norfolk feast was about to begin!
We ate heartily and enjoyed a few glasses of wine. The drizzle had let up and, wrapped in blankets, we were able to eat outside overlooking the marshes.
I took some time to photograph the local house martins before deciding we needed a walk down to the marshes to take a few more photos.
Climbing into bed that evening was a joy as I was so tired! Despite the wind outside, I slept well and awoke raring to go for the final seven miles of our coastal hike.
Day three – Stiffkey to Cley
This was a part of the coastal path I hadn’t walked before so I was overjoyed when we reached Morston Quay. What a beautiful place. The sun started to come out so we helped ourselves to icecream before making our way towards Cley.
We arrived in Cley triumphant. There was no tent to greet us as this was the end of the trip. We left hoping we’d get a chance to walk the rest of the coast path next time.
I can’t recommend MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays enough. While we went on the trip for review purposes, we’d pay for it in a snap. We’re even planning a part two!
Prices start from £160 per person. A walk and glamp package similar to the above would be around £400 per person, based on two people sharing a tent.
Take a look at Walkandglamp.co.uk for all the details.