Circular and Linear Walks

A dramatic cliff face on Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Circular and Linear Walks

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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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. 

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Explore Southrepps Common on this 3.5 mile walk. It's an incredibly diverse and interesting area in Lower Southrepps, made up of several sites straddling Lower Street. With 160 plant species and a wide variety of bird species found across the Common, there’s much to look out for, including fragrant orchid, marsh helleborine, common cottongrass and bog bean. An extensive network of boardwalks allows you to enjoy the open expanse of reedbed and other wetland habitats on the eastern side plus woodland on the west. Take in the sights and sounds of the flora and fauna by pausing on one of the benches dotted around the sites.

The quiet lanes through Lower Southrepps are lined with pretty cottages. Away from the common, the walk follows lanes and peaceful field-edge footpaths between the northern and southern parts of Southrepps, passing Manor Farm’s 19th Century house and Barn. Though both are dated 1823, there’s evidence of older buildings having existed on the site since the medieval period.

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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. 

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This 6.5 mile (10km) walk follows the Peddars Way National Trail and the tracks and roads through countryside to the east.

Of note is St Mary's Church at Houghton on the Hill. Parts of the church date from the eleventh century. Within the church there are some of the earliest known wall paintings of the Holy Trinity in Europe, in the 'Gnadenstuhl' style dating from 1090AD. These are therefore of international importance.

Again the military has had a strong association with the area. The site of an old USAF air base lies opposite the school.

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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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Sharing part of its route with the longer Happisburgh Circular Walk, this 4.5 mile route still has much to offer. Leaving Happisburgh by the cliff top path, you’ll be walking above the site where early human footprints (over 800,000 years old) were found in sediment on the beach in 2013, famously the earliest evidence of human occupation found outside of Africa. Further along the cliff are the remains of a World War II radar station, which stand in contrast to the surrounding farmland.

Heading inland you’ll soon pass Walcott’s Church of All Saints, which is worth a visit for its bright and airy interior. The church is heavily Victorianised, with the screen being one of its few remaining medieval features. However, unlike its larger neighbour at Happisburgh, All Saints is home to some modern features dating from the 1920s, such as an art nouveau brass lectern, and art-deco organ.

The larger St Mary’s Church at Happisburgh is prominent throughout much of the walk. Located on top of a hill, this 15th Century church is an important landmark for travellers on both the sea and dry land. You are also treated to views of the iconic lighthouse. It is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Built in 1790, regular open days are held throughout the year, allowing you to climb to the top and enjoy the spectacular views.

There were originally two lighthouses at Happisburgh, lined up to mark safe passage through the treacherous shallow sands offshore. Remains of the ‘lower lighthouse’ can still be seen on the beach depending on the tides and shifting sands.

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This 5 mile (8km) walk follows mainly footpaths in the sandy Brecks area, once characterised by open windblown areas now typically planted with pine woodland following World War One.

Archaeological features abound on this walk:  the campsite at Thorpe Woodlands was the site of a mediaeval settlement until the early eighteenth century; the Peddars Way shows one of the best examples of 'agger' (the raised embankment which supported the Roman Road) can be seen; at West Harling Heath, Bronze Age burial grounds or tumuli can be seen. 

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