The Uttlesford Ramblers

Making a walk a pleasure

Norfolk Coast Break October 2018

This year’s autumn break took us to the north Norfolk coast for three days based around Blakeney. The fine summer weather looked to be continuing into October so wet weather gear was confined to the bottom of rucksacks as we looked forward to the first days walk.

Day 1

The meeting place for the start was Blakeney Village Hall car park with our instructions stating this was at the junction of the A149 and B1156. What we didn’t know was that the road was closed at this junction cutting the village in two so depending on their route taken the group was separated with some parking on the quay. Having overcome this slight delay to some arrivals we managed to set off on time through Blakeney and onto the Coast Path. Following the path around the salt marshes we arrived at Cley next the Sea to admire the famous windmill and fine church before stopping for a very good lunch at the Three Swallows. After lunch there was the option to take the Coasthopper bus back to Blakeney for those wanting a shorter walk. The afternoon walk continued inland to Glanford with a pause to view another church and also the opportunity to visit a Shell Museum which we declined much to the disappointment of the curator. The walk back to Blakeney took us via Wiveton Downs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiveton_Downs , a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which involved a bit of a climb but were rewarded with a magnificent view.

Day 2

A windy overcast day greeted us for our morning boat trip from Morston to see the seals. The sea was surprisingly calm for the one hour journey to see the many seals basking on the sandbanks. Back on dry land we all enjoyed lunch at various pubs and cafes with the afternoon walk starting from the café car park in Wells next the Sea. The weather brightened up as we walked along the fine, sandy beach before cutting inland through a pine wood to re-join the Coastal Path and on to Holkham where we were able to see the newly opened visitors centre with its welcome facilities. Continuing along Lady Anne’s Drive and up into the Holkham Estate we had distant sightings of Fallow Deer before turning to walk through deciduous woods back to Wells along the top of the sea wall.

The day was completed with a pleasant meal in the evening at the King’s Head in Holt, fortunately fairly close to where many of us were staying.

Day 3

Our final day started at the model boating lake in Sheringham, again with plenty of sunshine. The cliff top walk took us alongside the golf course where we were also lucky enough to have a view of a steam train on the Poppy Line that runs from Sheringham to Holt. The path then turned away from the coast and passed the windmill into the village to Weybourne Priory Church; follow the link for more information https://www.britainexpress.com/counties/norfolk/churches/weybourne.htm

After a short break we continued uphill to the station, which is nearly a mile outside the village and was actually built to serve the 'Weybourne Springs Hotel' (now demolished). After a short lunch break some chose to take the train (unfortunately diesel and not steam) back to Sheringham. The rest of the group continued the walk through Sheringham Park, the work of landscape designer Humphrey Repton, before returning via the ruins of 13th century Beeston Priory.

A big thank you goes to Mike Cannell for organising the break and leading the walks. It was greatly enjoyed by all and we hope you are available to do it all again one day as you obviously also have close contacts with the weather gods!

Monday, December 10, 2018