Spring in the air : Overstrand to Cromer Pier

Sat on the pier eating chips in the warm sunshine. What a treat!

Saturday 17th February 2018

This Saturday we walked from Overstrand to Cromer and back. A short walk for us at only 4 miles in total. This gave us a bit of time to enjoy a coffee at the start and then a picnic on the pier at Cromer.

After being back at work for a week since returning from a week away in The Lake District we were keen to stretch our legs. But not too much!

Overstrand is a village that grew with the fishing industry.  It became popular as a beach holiday destination and many large houses were built by well to do folk at the end of the 19th century but remained a village in size. Now holidaymakers can still enjoy the beach, sea and cliff top views.

We were able to park on the side of the road for free.  There is a smallish car park right on the cliff and I imagine in the summer it might be a busy place.

For some reason we have never started a walk from or to Overstrand and we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.  Our first stop was The Cliff Top Cafe.

In a perfect spot it’s obviously doing really well with plenty of seating inside, round the side outside (where we sat) and more outside seating at the front. It was spotlessly clean and the menu boards looked inviting.  Mind you we thought the price of two smallish cups of Latte Coffee expensive at £2.75 each.

Cliff Top Cafe, Overstrand

Off we went to Cromer along the cliff top coastal path.  The fishing trade has declined over the years but certainly hasn’t disappeared as can be seen in the photo below.  Piles of lobster pots….

On our way to Cromer.

Loved the name of this trader….next time we visit we will give it a try.  It’s on our bucket list !  It’s in the car park if anyone is interested.

This van was parked in the car park. It must do a roaring trade in the summer.

Cromer Pier in the distance from the path….though it seems more than just two miles away.  The cliffs here are about 250 feet high.

A surprising number of ups and downs (not too steep) then you skirt the golf course and get glimpses of Cromer Lighthouse.  This is the Royal Cromer Golf Club and looked very nice – not that I’m an expert on golf courses…

The path joins a golfers walkway for a short distance

Before you know it you reach the outskirts of Cromer itself and the path drops into the town.

Cromer with its Pier

We picked up a portion of chips from No.1 for £1.45 to share and quick marched to the pier.  Here we sat and ate our lunch – the chips were yummy.  Lots and lots of people were out & about, some sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

We walked to the end of the Pier – just to the right is the Pavillion Theatre and behind me is the Cromer Lifeboat Station.  The lifeboats exit the station via a slipway at the at the end of the pier.  It has a long and heroic history.  The most famous lifeboatman being Henry Blogg – a brave man indeed.

From the end of the pier

Hero of Cromer

We headed back along the Promenade and up onto the cliff path.

Last look back

 

Back in Overstrand the Bucket List van was just closing.  Short opening hours at this time of the year.

We strolled along a street called The Londs.  Cottages with Flint stone frontages and cute front gardens and a tall building that I assumed was once an old lighthouse but have found out that it was actually a clock tower.

Overstrand in the afternoon sunshine

It looked like the perfect advert for a holiday in Norfolk.  We will be back.

 

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