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Cromer to Cley on a warm October day

This surely had to be our last ‘summer’ day we thought.  Better make the most of it, get out and enjoy the sunshine in our shorts.  Would this be the last warm day of 2018?

This is a brief description of our walk with several photos.

Cromer to Cley (pronounced Cly), Saturday 13th October 2018 – 12 miles

We set off walking at 9:40 and, sheltered from the strong southerly wind, strode out on the stoney beach below the sandy cliffs between Cromer and West Runton.

The tide was high and way up the beach in places.  Timing was everything at this point as we skipped around this corner.  Pleased to say we continued with dry feet!

At West Runton beach we approached a tractor about to drag a small fishing boat from the sea.  This is a common procedure in this neck of the woods with an assortment of rusting tractors on the jetty always ready for action.

The fishing is most likely for crab or lobster – though apparently this summer has been tough time for crab fishermen – apparently the warm weather wasn’t good for them.  As we passed by the tractor appeared to get stuck and there was lots of tyre spinning.  We didn’t stop to find out what happened next.

Up on the cliff we headed to Beeston Bump – often mistaken for Norfolks highest point.  The highest point in Norfolk is actually just a little way inland – Beacon Hill. Don’t get too excited though it’s only 338 feet !  Beeston is just a tiny hill but it does make you puff all the same.

Coffee at Sheringham is quite commonplace for us now, when it’s sunny this is the perfect place to stop. Then we were off again passing murals on the sea defences/sea wall and up above the beach to an old fashioned boating lake before the coast watch on a hill alongside the golf course.

Coffee time

Looking back at Sheringham beach at high tide

Usually we would head into Sheringham Park from here but we continued along the coastal path to Weybourne beach, looking for a bench for lunch. The photo below shows just how fragile this coastline is.

We stopped to chat to a Polish guy who had converted his Ford van to a camper parked next to the beach.  We can’t resist but chat to people who have done this to gather ideas for future plans.

 

Checking out the converted van!

Lunch on the beach for us as no bench was found.

Walking again we soon reached ‘the shingle’.  On tiring legs there is nothing quite like the joy of walking on it.  I’m joking of course.  We tried to take our mind off it by admiring the village of Salthouse to our left.

The shingle, unfortunately, goes on and on all the way to Cley beach so we just kept our heads down and crunched our way through it.  Me scampering from side to side looking for a better path, Tim continuing in a straight line. Eventually we made it, and, after emptying our boots we loved the hard surface of the footpath that took us all the way into the village.

Cley mill and village in sight

Here we enjoyed a jolly nice cup of tea with a lovely view over the Cley marsh before catching the coastal hopper bus back to Cromer.

Time for tea

We have stopped here a few times now and would highly recommend this cafe.  Here’s a link to its website.

Artemis Coffee Shop

it was a glorious walk and the buses along the coast here run every half hour.  Give it a try if you are up this way.

A cheeky selfie on the bus

 

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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.