Discover the beauty of Holt Country Park
Published date: February 2020
Green Flag award winner - Located close to the Norfolk coast and a mile from the quaint market town of Holt, Holt Country Park is managed by North Norfolk District Council and is an area of tranquil woodland and heathland. It is a Green Flag award winner; a sign to visitors that Holt Country Park has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained with excellent facilities.
An abundance of wildlife
Dominated with Scots pines and native broadleaves, there are several way-marked routes to explore of varying lengths, some suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Each season brings a different display of flora and fauna, with orchids and many varieties of butterfly, damselfly and dragonfly in the summer months and delicate snowdrops in the winter. Deer are easier to spot during the winter months when the trees are bare and undergrowth sparse. There is a mixture of woodland and heathland at Holt Country Park and a plethora of wildlife, from adders, muntjac and voles to nightjar, goldcrest, woodlark and nuthatches.
Opening times and facilities
Open 7 days a week, all year round, it costs just £2 to park all day at Holt Country Park and facilities include a visitor centre and toilets. A great addition is Hetty’s House Tearoom, a lovely wooden tearoom with decking that serves delicious hot and cold food and drink including homemade cake and excellent coffee! For those who prefer to bring their own food, there are picnic tables and plenty of quiet spots to lay a picnic blanket. Please note that open fires and BBQs are not permitted at Holt Country Park.
Children will love the freedom and open space at Holt Country Park. There is a great play area close to the carpark and some unusual sculptures and artwork dotted around the park; look out for them on your walk. On the heath there are wild ponies and sometimes livestock for the children to spot, so please be mindful if you do take your dog and keep it under control.
Events and activities
There are many events and activities taking place throughout the year at Holt Country Park, such as shelter building, mini beast hunts, guided wildlife walks, seed gathering, foraging courses, fungi walks, tea parties, treasure hunts, family orienteering, and Halloween, Easter and Christmas themed events, to name but a few. To find out what’s on and when, go to the Holt Country Park Facebook page:
Holt Country Park welcomes visits from school children and hosts environmental and arts events throughout the year. Rangers plan and lead a full or half day programme to fit with your requirements and can accommodate groups of up to 90 from pre-school through to GCSE. There is a designated school visits page, if you are a teacher and would like further information. Please use the following link to find out more:
Dogs are very welcome to walk round Holt Country Park and dog waste bins are available. As previously mentioned, please make sure dogs are kept under control as there are resident wild ponies and sometimes livestock wandering free.
How to find Holt Country Park
Take the B1149 out of Holt and you will find it on the left, about 1 mile from the town. It’s signposted - you can’t miss it.
Whatever the season Holt Country Park is a great place to visit if you are looking for peace and tranquillity, some family time outdoors, fresh air and exercise and some excellent cake and coffee!
Further details and information about Holt Country Park can be found by going to the following website:
Holt Country Park, Edgefield Hill, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6SP