How to plan your walk
The Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is a brilliant way of enjoying the area and the Coasthopper bus service is a fantastic way of getting about; combining the two gives an experience par excellence.
So, how do you put together a day out on the coast?
1. Choose your destination
Select your favourite bit of the coast or your favourite pub and base your trip around this.
2. Calculate your speed
To plan your trip you do need to know how fast you walk. Everyone will have a slightly different walking speed. However most recreational walking will vary between two and three miles per hour so if to start with you work on 2.5 miles per hour on the gentle landscape of the coast it is not going to be far out.
3. Calculate your distance
Use the mileage chart here
4. Calculate your time
Divide the distance by 2.5 and you get the time it takes to walk.
For example, to walk the 7 (6.6 to be exact) miles between Wells and Burnham Overy Staithe, for example, will take 2.8 hours. 2.8 or 2 hours 48 minutes can be rounded up to 3 hours. This gives about ten minutes of stopping time and on this coast you will probably need to factor in stopping to go “wow look at that view!”
So the walk plan could look something like this:
09.00 Leave Wells Quay.
Follow the Norfolk Coast Path to Burnham Overy Staithe
12.00 Arrive at The Hero pub for a much needed lunch
Catch the CoastHopper back to Wells at 13.35 (but check the latest times either at the bus stop or better still the timetables booklet which you carry with you!)
If you fancy making a full day of it why not add on the 3.9 miles to Burnham Deepdale. This will take about 1.5 hours (distance of 3.9 divided by walk speed of 2.5). If you leave the Hero at 13.30 you should be at Deepdale Café in time for afternoon tea! Then catch the bus back to Wells.
5. Enjoy your day!
And let us know how you got on…