Hopping along the Norfolk coast

Submitted by Timwoods on 29 August 2009
OS Explorer Map: 250 - Norfolk Coast West
 
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A linear, half-day coast walk in England starting at Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, about 16km (roughly 10 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. My friend Jack, Norfolk born and bred, claims the skies here are the biggest in the world. Not sure quite how you measure that, but there's no doubt that the wide open space above is exhilarating as you stroll along the coast. Time your walk to finish in Hunstanton at dusk - it's the only place on the UK's east coast where you can see the sun set over the sea, and on a good day that giant sky fills with colour! The Coasthopper bus provides a regular service along the coast. Start: Burnham Deepdale, OS Grid: TF804442
End: Hunstanton, OS Grid: TF671407
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 67m (221ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 111m (366ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 44m (145ft)
Max. Elevation: 40m (131ft)

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250 - Norfolk Coast West
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OS Grid: TF804442
The village of Burnham Deepdale is where this walk starts, although the excellent Coasthopper service means you can have a longer or shorter walk if you wish. There's a great campsite here, with a very handy Information Centre: www.deepdalefarm.co.uk
About 4 km (roughly 3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TF768441
The route follows along the North Norfolk Coast Path, a long distance path from Cromer to Hunstanton. This section, the path runs along the salt marshes of the coast, interspersed with small fishing villages, harbours and country pubs.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TF751437
The path continues to Titchwell Marsh, a stunning nature reserve famous for its bird life. Glorious at any time of year, but in early winter, you can see huge flocks heading south for winter - a true spectacle against that famous sky.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TF729436
You can't move for quaint villages round these parts. Thornham is anther interesting little place, with a small church and Thornham Beach, popular with local artists.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TF698434
Continue on to Holme Next The Sea. The main point of interest here is Seahenge, a Bronze Age circle of tree trunks dug into the sand. An atmospheric place.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TF676410
Hunstanton will feel like Las Vegas after the villages you have passed through, but it's a pleasant town and a good place to stop over in Norfolk. Remember to head to the beach to catch that dramatic sunset!
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