Circular and Linear Walks

Circular and Linear Walks

The Kingsdown to Walmer walk ambles along the England Coastal Path, leaving Deal behind. This walk creates a great afternoon out with pubs, tearooms and Walmer Castle to visit along the way.

Walmer is thought to be the site of Julius Caesar’s landing in Kent in 54 and 55 BC. Walmer Castle, built in the shape of the tudor rose by Henry VIII is now conserved by English Heritage. The official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in the 18th century, the Duke of Wellington resided here for 23 years, where he later died. You can see his original wellington boots if you decide to visit the castle.

The Kingsdown to Walmer walk leads you on a path heads up the slopes of the Downs to Hawkshill Freedown. This  public area of open grassland with outstanding views across the surrounding countryside and the English Channel. On a clear day, you can clearly see the French coast. Hawkshill was once a World War I aerodrome and there is a memorial to the brave pilots who flew from here and were killed fighting in the skies over France.

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This 2.2 mile long walk ambles along the England Coastal Path, leaving Deal behind. This walk creates a great afternoon out with pubs, tearooms and Walmer Castle to visit along the way.

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Starting from Bure Park, Great Yarmouth, this 7 mile walk follows the River Bure out of town and onto Mautby Marsh.

Though the walk takes you no further than three miles from the bustling town, there’s a delightful sense of solitude to be found on the high flood banks that cross the marsh. It’s a glimpse of a landscape that’s seen little change in hundreds of years. The drainage mills that once kept the marsh dry enough for grazing have long since been superseded by electric-powered pumping stations, but many still stand and can be seen in the distance along the banks of the Bure.

The route passes Mautby Marsh drainage mill, now a residential property, but well-restored, sails and all. Though it no longer pumps water, the owners still turn the sails every few months to keep water from settling and causing them to rot.

Back at the start, picturesque Bure Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

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This 6 mile walk takes a slightly elevated route between Mundesley and Gimingham, and typically of Norfolk, this slight rise in the land is all that’s needed to enjoy stunning views across the lush countryside. As you ramble along in the lee of the Cromer ridge, count the many church towers that stand proud of the patch-work arable and grazing land and watch smoke rise from the chimneys of Gimingham and Trunch. 

Two of the fine medieval churches can be enjoyed at close quarters on this walk - All Saints church in Gimingham lies just to the south of the route and in Trunch you'll pass directly by St Botolph's. 

Quiet lanes lead back to picturesque Mundesley where you can enjoy beautiful views overlooking the sea. The Norfolk Coast Path and Paston Way both pass through Mundesley, making it easy to explore the area further.

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This 8.5 mile walk has lots to see, including Overstrand itself. The pretty seaside village was a very fashionable resort at the end of the 19th century and several impressive buildings date from this time. One example is The Pleasaunce, a house and gardens built in the late 19th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Lord and Lady Battersea. The walk skirts the grounds of this as you head south from the start.

Continuing along the walk, the disused railway that runs just south of Overstrand has returned to nature since its closure in 1953, and is now a County Wildlife Site. Heading south from here, the best views of the rolling farmland that characterises much of the route can be found.

The walk passes two fine medieval churches - St Mary’s in Northrepps and the church of St James in Southrepps with its ornate tower. Both are worth making a stop for.
Likewise, the two large 18th Century barns of Winspurs Farm (thought to have been a base for smugglers during the Napoleonic era) are striking examples of the diversity of architecture in the area.

Keep an eye out for the Shrieking Pit, a tree-shaded pond that you will pass to the east of Northrepps, which as local legend has it, is haunted by the spectre of a girl said to have been drowned there. From Hungry Hill the way descends to the disused railway line again, once a World War Two training area, before returning to Overstrand.

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The Contra Trail – a gentle 6.1 mile (9.8km) walk that leads past the hustle and bustle of modern Ramsgate, down the gently undulating Isle of Thanet Coastal path and into the natural peace and tranquillity of Pegwell Bay, is everything a walk should be, and much more besides. And thanks to the wonderfully diverse range of pubs, restaurants and local attractions on the route, it’s one you can enjoy with a full belly and a spring in your step.

Your walk begins in the heart of the only British harbour that can claim to be ‘Royal’ – a unique honour that followed a visit to Ramsgate in 1820 by King George IV, who was so moved by the warmth and hospitality he received from his commoners, that he officially decreed the harbour to be ‘Royal’.

It will introduce you to a vibrant, modern town steeped in history at every turn. Elegant Georgian houses, traditional fishermen’s cottages, stylish terraced restaurants and busy pubs such as the Churchill Tavern, a local inn with an authentic country atmosphere, a wide-ranging selection of quality real ales and a complimentary starter or dessert with any main meal for all Active Ramsgate walkers.

Along the way you will pass the beautiful marina with its array of boats and yachts… with the start of the walk just a stone’s throw from the best chip shop in Britain. It’s official! A wealth of sights, old and new, all help create a perfect backdrop to this perfectly British walk.

Savour every moment though, because you will soon be leaving the hustle and bustle of this extraordinary harbour town behind as you make your way to the seclusion of the cliff top and begin the second stage of this inspired route into a wetland haven for birds.

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This 7 mile (11km) circular walk takes you round the pretty Norfolk village of Ringstead and its surrounding countryside. It starts at the Gin Trap pub, where you can see a set of stocks, as a reminder of the days when offenders were punished by fellow villagers.

The walk then takes you out of the village and along the Peddars Way National Trail and past the Sedgeford borehole where local drinking water is drawn from the rock below.

Continuing round the walk, it passes Courtyard Farm, which is the home of conservationist, Lord Melchett. Circular walks have been created on the farm, showing the work that they do and the specially created wildlife habitats.

This walk then continues up and onto some quiet grassy tracks, with magnificent views over the coastline, before continuing down onto quiet country lanes and back into the village. 

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The 9 mile route can be followed in either direction, and whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the North Norfolk coast, intimate woodland paths and sunken lanes as you climb toward the summit of Beacon Hill, also known locally as ‘Roman Camp’. Standing 103 metres above sea level, the hill is part of the Cromer ridge, a line of glacial moraines formed during the last Ice Age. A great challenge for any walker, the climb is worth it not only for the view, but also the unique feeling of reaching the highest point in the whole of East Anglia.

In spite of the name, it’s likely that there was never any Roman occupation on the site. The earthworks that you’ll see on your walk are probably the remains of a signal station built during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s thought that the term ‘Roman Camp’ was actually coined by the drivers of horse-drawn cabs in the late 19th Century as a way of making the area more appealing to tourists. 

Continuing on to Cromer, the walk undulates along hedged tracks between mixed woodland and open fields, before reaching the town and iconic pier. After enjoying the Victorian seaside resort, follow the Norfolk Coast Path back to West Runton beach. Heading along the cliff top with short detours inland, keep an eye out for surfers enjoying the waves and para-gliders launching themselves from the cliffs.

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In the past, Salthouse has indeed lived up to its name.  Salt from seawater was produced here as long ago as the eleventh century and Sarbury Hill, over which the route passes, was called Salt Hill on a map of 1649.

This 5 mile (8km) walk starts in the village near to the shop and pub.  It meanders upwards out of the village to Salthouse Heath, from which there are extensive views over the coastline from Sheringham to Blakeney Point and beyond.

The footpath along the ridge coincides with the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service. 

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With its offshore reefs and the small bays these have created, Sea Palling is unique on the Norfolk Coast. These sheltered inlets are the perfect place to pause and take in the atmosphere. At certain times of the year, you might see the occasional seal, or the silver flash of a low-flying flock of terns. Sea Palling beach can be a magical place.

On the beach near North Gap, the walk passes the site of the medieval village of Eccles-Juxta-Mare, which was lost to coastal erosion in the late 16th century. In the past, shifting sands on the beach have revealed hidden archaeological treasures.

The inland portion of this 6 mile walk is just as beautiful, with far reaching views across the northern area of the Norfolk Broads. The church of St Andrew's at Hempstead stands alone on its lane, with the thatched roof glimpsed through the trees as you approach. In late summer, the hedgerows around the church and those that line the local bridleways are rich with blackberries.

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