Circular and Linear Walks

Circular and Linear Walks

A stunning circular walk that takes in Birling Gap, Seven Sisters and Friston Forest.

This walk is just under 8 miles / 13km in length and should take about 6 hours to walk.

The walk can be started from public transport using bus route 12 / 13 stopping at Exceat (Sieven Sisters Country Park), East Dean Village or Birling Gap.

Parking is available at Seven Sisters Country Park, East Dean or Birling Gap.

Refreshments are available from Birling Gap, East Dean and Seven Sisters Country Park.

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You'll discover a beautiful range of landscapes on this 6 mile walk - whether it’s the undulating clifftops between Sheringham and Weybourne, the sweeping parkland, ancient oak woodland and famous rhododendrons of Sheringham Park, or the quiet marsh, fen and grassland of Beeston Common, this walk has a bit of everything.

Heading between the clifftop path and Sheringham Park you'll also cross the Poppy Line railway - if you're lucky you may even see a steam train chugging past.

The varied habitats that this walk passes through mean it is particularly rich in wildlife. Beeston Common boasts no less than nineteen species of dragonfly and Sheringham Park has three species of deer. Each of these sites has its own website where you can find out lots more information.

At the end of your walk, take some time to explore the characterful seaside town of Sheringham with its independent shops, museums and series of amazing murals along the seafront.

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This 9.5 mile (15km) walk (or 7 miles - 11km - without extra loop) starts and finishes in the coastal town of Sheringham.  En route it passes through Beeston Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, crosses over the Cromer Ridge, a remnant of the Ice Age up to 15,000 years old and traverses the Roman Camp and Incleborough Hill, now both in the ownership of the National Trust.

Part of the walk follows the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service and the Bittern Line rail service. 

Download the map of this walk here.

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You’ll start the South Foreland Lighthouse walk at the entrance to the White Cliffs visitor centre. Housing a wonderful cafe and information hub,  this clearly marked route along the edge of the North Downs is a great walk whatever the time of year.

The South Foreland Lighthouse walk forms part of the England Coastal Path. It leads around Langdon Hole and Fan Point towards the National Trust’s South Foreland Lighthouse complete with 1950’s tearoom!

This section of the cliff tops was an important part of England’s defences in the Second World War, and remnants of gun emplacements and other wartime structures are still visible.

Langdon Hole was part of an underground system which also included a radio command centre, the underground tunnels, known as Fan Bay Deep are open for visitors at selected times. 

The distinctive South Foreland Lighthouse is bright white and was built in 1843, to mark the dangerous offshore banks of the Goodwin Sands. It was used by Guglielmo Marconi for his work with radiowaves and received the first ship-to-shore message from the East Goodwin lightship. It also received the first international radio transmission from Wimereux, in France, in 1899.

The lighthouse, which is conserved by the National Trust, is open to the public between April and October. Be sure not to miss out on the wonderful 1950’s Mrs Knott’s tearoom for a slice of cake! Named after the family who used to live here with their 13 children, this vintage experience is a lovely addition to the South Foreland Lighthouse walk.

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A 4 mile linear walk starting at the entrance to the White Cliffs visitor centre. Housing a wonderful cafe and information hub, this clearly marked route along the edge of the North Downs is a great walk whatever the time of year.

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This walk which heads out from St Margaret's Bay incorporates some stunning cliff top walking with panoramic views of the channel and on a clear day to France. If you like military history, you'll be in for a treat - cross channel gun positions are still visible in the undergrowth, a sure reminder of Britain’s dark days at War. You'll also walk past the entrance of the well-known Pines Calyx the beautiful gardens here house a bronze statue of Winston Churchill as well as some very impressive tea rooms. 

You'll also see the writer of the well known James Bond books, Ian Fleming’s former home sitting on the cliff edge.  The unusually located white house can be seen from the beach at St Margaret's Bay.  Fleming based many of his stories on the local area which he loved so much.

The distinctive whitewashed South Foreland lighthouse, owned by the National Trust is along this trail too. It’s well worth stopping off to discover more about the lighthouse which was home to more than five generations of lighthouse keepers.

This easy going walk meanders along country lanes and starts and ends in the pretty St Margaret’s Bay.

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A 4.7 mile circular walk with panoramic views across the Channel and out to France on a clear day, this walk takes in a dramatic section of the England Coastal Path

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This is a 4.5 mile (7km) walk, which takes in salt marshes, St Mary's Friary and St Margaret's Church.

Until the end of the nineteenth century Burnham Overy Staithe was a thriving sea port serving the Burnhams and inland to the Creakes. Evidence of its sea trading past are still to be seen in the form of granaries and warehouses, many of which are now converted into houses.

The dunes along the coastline now form part of a National Nature Reserve and support a fragile community of plants.

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

Please download a map here.

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Open almost every day, the church of St John the Baptist’s head is one of only three churches to bear this name. While the saint’s head was never on display here, it’s thought that a shrine, complete with a life-sized alabaster carving of the head was kept here. Although the carving was likely destroyed in the reformation, the church's impressively restored rood screen and more recent stained glass windows can still be admired. The church itself is a slightly unusual shape, having a short but heavily buttressed tower, which is thought to be unfinished.

The rest of the walk is perfect for an easy stroll along quiet lanes, paths and tracks which offer rolling views inland.

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This 3.5 mile walk takes a scenic circuit around the picturesque village of Trunch, through rolling farmland and wooded paths, punctuated by a number of old farmsteads and historic buildings.

St Botolph’s church is close to the start of the walk, and well worth a look around. Built in the 15th Century, the hammerbeam roof and richly ornamented screen form the perfect backdrop for the incredible font canopy. The oak canopy is rich with carved detail including fruits, flowers, leopards and lions, and is one of only four such canopies surviving in England.

Many historic barns and farmhouses line both Brewery Road and Mundesley Road. The oldest of these is the 16th Century flint and brick Hall Farm House, with its two barns of a similar age.

This walk can be enjoyed at any time of year - from a breezy summer's day dappled in sunlight through to a crisp winter walk.

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