North Norfolk Coast Path

June 2001
Hunstanton to Cromer - 54 miles.
We had almost given up hope of doing a long distance path this year. Initially we had hoped to do the Dales Way but, as we started making plans, those particular parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria seemed to be rapidly turning into the epicentre of the continuing Foot & Mouth outbreak.
We decided that the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path was a good bet, as there had been no new outbreaks in this part of the country.
Unfortunately parts of Thetford Forest remained closed, so the Peddars Way was out of the question. Thus we had to settle for the coastal section only - the Norfolk Coast Path
The walk was 54 miles long, mainly along flood defence banks, and took us five days to complete.

Day 1 - Hunstanton to Brancaster

9 miles between Hunstanton and Brancaster, passing through Old Hunstanton, Holme bird observatory and Thornham.

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Day 2 - Brancaster to Wells-Next-The-Sea

After passing the roman fort of Branodunum, the walk continues through the small harbours of Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe, along miles of golden Holkham sands, then a delightful forest ride before heading due south along the fortified sea defences to Wells.

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Day 3 - Wells to Weybourne

A delightful walk along the sand and salmarshes at the edge of The Wash, passing through Stiffkey, Marston and Blakeney, before hitting the gruelling 5 mile slog of shingle beyond Cley.

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Day 4 - Weybourne to Cromer

Leave dismal B&B as early as possible!
Today is the final stage. Nice walking initially along the coast, past the golf course at Sheringham, then heading inland and uphill to Beeston Regis. The path continues through woodland, country lanes and a common before hitting the outskirts of Cromer. The final stretch, through the Cromer suburbs, is not a nice way to end such a pleasant walk, but the crab sandwich on the sea front almost makes up for it.

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