13. Wells-next-the-Sea to Hunstanton

This was the final section of the walk with my friend Rob along the Norfolk Coastal Path. Unfortunately, I took few notes and equally few photos of this walk and with the event being sometime  ago, this report  will be quite short of content.

We drove to the seaside town of Hunstanton for a walk that would see the completion of The Norfolk Coastal Path. We caught an early morning bus through to Wells-next-the-Sea and  set off along a road that ran out to the Coastguard lookout post. We immediately turned left continuing through a mixture of dunes and Old Scots Pine trees. We walked along Holkham Meals through to Holkham Gap where there was a small car park. We continued along hard compact sand through Holkham Nature Reserve. We lost the trees and emerged on a road track alongside Overy Creek. The first  village of our  walk was Burnham Overy Staithe .

We passed into and along the fringe of  the vast expanse of Salt marsh that is Burnham Norton Nature Reserve. The actual coast was way over  across the marsh with its myriad of small pools and creeks, almost a lie away. We continued along an old sea bank into our next village Burnham Deepdale. We walked on the path at the back of houses for some distance soon arriving at the village of Brancaster. Here to avoid walking along the A149 we continued inland slightly. After passing about 6 or 7 fields we emerged close to the larger village of Thornham where we made our way out again to the sea bank.

The Coaster having just dropped us off in Wells-next-the-Sea
Walking along Holkham Meals
Burnham Overy harbour
The old windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe
Near Gore Point

We passed through another nature Reserve and out past Gore Point. We arrived at Holme-next-the-Sea and met up with the Peddars Way, another National Trail linking with the Norfolk Coastal path. We also crossed Hunstanton Golf Course so we knew it was not that far to go, especially after the rain began to fall. We passed through the small village of Old Hunstanton closer to the sea than we had been all day. The rain did not abate as we arrived in Hunstanton, we were glad to have completed a very long day.

P.S I actually walked the Peddars Way some 6 years later in 2013. The area had suffered some storm damage including the Golf Club which had greens washed away in the storm surge.

Distance today = 23 miles
Total distance =   227 miles

 

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1. Cardigan to Newport

I did not realise at the time that these were to be my first footsteps in walking the coast of  Great Britain. This was a new and different type of walk to me as I had previously climbed hills, mountains and walked inland long distance footpaths, but it was my intention at the time to simply walk the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (PCP).

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Cardigan Island, with The Mwnt in the far distance

Like so many of my future walks I intended to the coastal path in long ‘one-dayers’ from my home in Shropshire. This meant getting up early and driving to my destination then either immediately start walking or using public transport to get to point B. I parked in the free public car park in Newport and caught the excellent bus service that runs along this section of coast to Cardigan. The first 4 or 5 miles were along tarmac roads of the Teifi estuary, but gradually the estuary opened up and I gained height to good effect with       excellent views across to Cardigan Island. I was soon introduced to “switchback ” coastal walking with steep ascents and descents, in fact today’s section of the path would see me

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My favourite warning sign

climb over 3000ft,  the equivalent of  climbing a Scottish Munro!

Unfortunately, the warm February haze did not offer extensive views

 

The Witches Cauldron

It was  not long before I came to Pwll y Wrach (The Wicthes Cauldron) and a fine example of a blow-hole with collapsed sea-cave. Numerous ups and downs came and went before I heard the shouting of children at play which meant that I was approaching Parrog Sands. A gentle walk over the links of Newport Golf Course took me to the road at Newport and the end of my first walk along the PCP.

 

The cliffs at Pen yr Afr

Distance today = 18 miles
Total distance =   18miles