Summertime in Norfolk, UK – Part 1

A Stopover in St. James Park, London

After four months in sunny Eastbourne (mostly under lockdown) it was finally time to head to Norfolk for a week to visit T’s parents. Our plan was to walk a couple of sections of the Norfolk Coastal Path, a scenic route which runs from Hunstanton to Sea Palling. We took a train to London, where we had a three-hour gap before our bus to Norwich was due to leave. On arrival, we made tracks to nearby St. James Park. As we had skipped breakfast due to an early start, we sat on a seat and enjoyed some sandwiches.

Flowers Galore in St. James Park
The Bird Keeper’s House

St. James Park is known for its birdlife and after lunch, we took a walk around the lake. We spotted pelicans, herons and swans in addition to a wide variety of ducks. As a matter of fact, there was a dodgy moment when T was attacked by a parrot who mistakenly thought that she may have some nibbles to share. Luckily, she came away unscathed and we made it to Victoria Coach Station. We had to have our temperatures taken before boarding, but luckily for us, we both passed the test and boarded the bus to Norwich.

A Heron
Wild Parrots!

The Norfolk Coastal Path

We had wanted to walk some of the Norfolk Coastal Path for many years, but hadn’t got round to it due to lack of time. Finally, we had the chance to put on our hiking boots and hit the trail. Additionally, being July, we hoped that the weather would be decent. We had breakfast with T’s parents at the Rocket House Cafe in the seaside resort of Cromer before setting off. Sitting on the balcony, we had views of the sea where kids were taking surfing lessons. We could also see the pier – Cromer’s most famous landmark.

Rocket House Cafe
Cromer Pier

West Runton – Home of the Woolly Mammoth

It was a bright and breezy morning. Walking along the promenade, we spotted a group of goats on the grassy knoll just before reaching the beach. The first few miles took us along the shingle which is backed by chalk cliffs that date back around 70 to 80 million years. A little further on, we came upon West Runton.

This is where the fossilized skeleton of a steppe mammoth was discovered in 1990. Apparently, it’s one of the best preserved and oldest fossil elephants ever found in the UK. In fact, fossil hunters regularly find mammoth bones and flint axes in the area. Additionally, a fossil of a rhino skull was also discovered by a geologist in 2015.

The Beach between Cromer and West Runton
Norfolk Coast Path Sign Post

Along the Cliff Top to Beeston Bump

After tiring of walking across pebbles, we joined the trail that runs along the clifftop. There were excellent views of the beach and the North Sea. The trail led us through a couple of campsites and caravan parks. Signs showed that they were fully-booked despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a matter of fact, the coastline is a particularly popular area for family holidays. Furthermore, it was clear that people were trying to make the most of the remainder of the summer.

Norfolk is known for its flat landscape. However, this stretch of the coastal path is home to a few small hills including (the not-too-intimidating!) Beeston Bump. Close to the cliffs at Beeston, there is also a nature trail, where a variety of local flowers and fauna can be seen.

On the Trail
View from the Cliffs

Sheringham – A Traditional Seaside Town

After a short rest at the top of Beeston Bump, we continued downhill on a red dirt path to the traditional seaside town of Sheringham. Famous for its heritage steam railway in addition to its fine crab, the seafront was busy and there didn’t appear too much social distancing going on. We walked along the bustling promenade which was lined with ice cream parlours and coffee shops. Leaving the crowds behind and re-joining the path, we passed Sheringham Coastguard Hut and continued along the clifftops. There, we skirted a golf course before walking through Sheringham Park.

Cafe on Sheringham Promenade

A Delicious End to the Day

Having reached Weybourne, we called it a day after nine miles of hiking and contacted T’s parents who kindly came to pick us up. Walking along the dirt track to the main road, we passed Weybourne Windmill, which was built in 1850 and can be seen for miles around. We had dinner at The Aviator in the village of Sculthorpe, where the food was both delicious and plentiful. A perfect end to a great day in Norfolk.

Leaving the Coastal Trail
Weybourne Windmill
Ku taking a rest
The Aviator in Sculthorpe
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  1. Masks are not mandatory there ? Here we have to wear them to step out of the house, in India.

  2. Love the walk. We visited Cromer briefly, when we went to see dear friends in Stalham in 2008. Would love to do the coastal walk, some day. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    • Hey! If you like walking you would enjoy the Cromer to Weybourne (or Cley) route. We did Cley to Holkham today, but apart from Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham beaches, (which are lovely), it wasn’t as scenic (blog coming out on Monday!) Hope you are able to do it one day! 😊

  3. Fantastic! Looks like a great start to the trip. Definitely taking notes for my trip on the 10th 🙂

  4. beautiful walk

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