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Norfolk Stately Homes Walking Holiday

“Ice Age To Royalty” Walk

The “Ice Age To Royalty” Norfolk Stately Homes walk will take you

  • along the wonderfully peaceful and historic Pingo Trail, walking in typical Breckland countryside,
  • visiting a beautiful 6 acre water gardens full of streams, ponds, bridges, and nature
  • exploring the Tudor Manor House of Oxburgh Hall
  • walking amongst the woodland of the Sandringham Estate and the heathland of Dersingham Bog,
  • stopping off at the Royal Wolferton Station museum ( station now closed but used by royalty until 1965) and finally
  • ending up at the fantastic Sandringham House and gardens and church

Pingo Trail

The Pingo Trail

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall


Sandringham House

All of this Norfolk Stately Homes walking holiday is packed into three eventful days with historic accommodation en route, dinner provided on your first night  and nothing for you to do except relax, enjoy and follow an itinerary on your holiday!  You can find more details on this walk below.

I’ve personally walked all these walks and been to visit these amazing houses, which is why I’ve put together this package.  I know how much you’ll enjoy all of this. 

Ice Age to Royalty Map

Below you can see the map of where this short break walking holiday will take you.  It starts in Thompson and finishes in Snettisham.

Map of the Ice Age to Royalty walk

Norfolk Stately Homes Walking Holiday Details

  • This is a 3 day/4 night walking holiday taking in two of the most special stately homes in Norfolk, Oxburgh Hall, a Tudor manor house, and Sandringham House, residence of Her Majesty The Queen when she stays in Norfolk.

    What you will experience on the holiday

    - an historic walk amongst ice age pingo ponds and wetland swamps
    - a countryside walk around Oxburgh Hall plus dropping in to the beautiful Gooderstone Water gardens if you choose
    - a woodland and heath walk around the Sandringham Estate
    - two fantastic and very different stately homes to visit, Sandringham House and Oxburgh Hall
    - a former Royal station museum to drop into, Wolferton Royal Station

    Price from: £505 per person

    This Norfolk Stately Homes walk is available from April-October inclusive.

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  • You start your first night with a stay in an historic medieval house, including eating in the fabulous Jacobean dining room.

    Day 1

    You can walk straight out of the front door and onto the Pingo Trail. As this is a circular walk, you can start from here and finish up at the same point. You can take all day to do this 8 mile walk, taking a packed lunch with you and enjoy the surrounding countryside, Pingo Ponds and swamps!

    You then drive to the village of Oxborough where you’ll spend the second night in a coaching inn, opposite Oxburgh Hall. You can enjoy dinner in the very relaxing bar or restaurant.

    Day 2

    Our suggested itinerary for day 2 is to spend the morning or afternoon exploring *Oxburgh Hall and the grounds or taking the 5 mile walk around the Oxborough countryside, stopping off at the water gardens should you wish, which are beautiful and very peaceful. It will be up to you which way round you wish to spend the day. You then drive to your last accommodation where you will be staying for 2 nights. This is just north of Sandringham.

    Day 3

    You drive to the Sandringham estate and take a 6 mile circular walk in amongst the woodland and heathland. This walk takes you past Wolferton Royal Station, now a museum but once an active railway line from Kings Lynn to Hunstanton. It was frequently used by the Royal family and has been beautifully restored and very definitely worth the short visit depending on your timings (opens from 1pm). The walk eventually brings you back to the entrance of *Sandringham House and Gardens where you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the delights of this wonderful Royal house. You then drive back to the award winning coaching inn in Snettisham for your final night.

    Day 4

    You depart.

    *There are set opening hours for both Oxburgh Hall (11.00-5.00pm) and Sandringham House (11.00-4.30pm – last ticket sold at 4.30)

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  • The price for the "Ice Age to Royalty" walking holiday is from £505 per person.

    This price is based on 2 people sharing.

    4 nights
    4 breakfasts
    1 two course dinner
    1 packed lunch
    Route notes and maps of the walks advertised
    Brief synopsis of Sandringham House and Oxburgh Hall
    Emergency telephone support for Explore Norfolk UK in the event of a problem

    Entrance to Oxburgh Hall, Sandringham House, Gooderstone water gardens
    Lunches, snacks and drinks
    3 dinners
    Travel to and from the start and end of your holiday

    Additional nights used other than on the advertised Ice Age to Royalty Walking Holiday Itinerary
    Solo supplements – please add £40 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy.

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  • The accommodation for this particular walking holiday is in a medieval family house, a restored coaching inn a stone's throw from Oxburgh Hall and an award winning coaching inn near Sandringham.

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If you'd like to find out more about it, please complete the Enquiry Form with any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you can fill out the booking form here.

The "Ice Age to Royalty" Walk Gallery

The Pingo Trail

Pingo Pond
Thompson Water
Cranberry Rough

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall
The grounds of Oxburgh Hall from the roof
The Parterre from the roof of Oxburgh Hall

Sandringham House

Sandringham House
Sandringham Woods
Sandringham Gardens