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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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Stepping back in time : The 1940s in Sheringham

Time for something a little bit different.

The seaside town of Sheringham has been hosting a 1940s weekend for several years. It seems to have kept the feel of that era in its buildings and railway.

Launched as a ‘wartime on the railways’ day in 2003, the forties weekend started life as a celebration of the role the railways played in the Second World War, from transporting troops, to taking more than three million evacuees to their temporary homes.  It now sees a huge influx of re-enactors, which may see silly but actually it’s keeping history alive.

We have of course included the town on many of our walks including this one :- https://itslovelyout.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/twixt-pine-and-sea/

In the above linked post you can see a photo of the steam train pulling away from Sheringham and making its way to Weybourne.

This time Tim and I decided to drift through yesterday to see get a flavour of this festival.  Camera in hand we stepped into the day of our grandparents and parents. Into every film based in this era, including all those black and white war movies.   This what we saw …..

Shame about the red plastic chairs!

Behave yourselves

There were several evacuees but I felt this little boy walking away was the better photo

One pram had a dog, the other a real life baby!

Can I sell you a watch

F.F.I (French forces of the interior) – known as the resistance

Looking out for enemy aircraft

Twixt Pine and Sea

Sheringham, on the North Norfolk coast, grew with the fishing industry.  The arrival of the railway meant the fish could easily be transported to the London markets. It’s now a traditional seaside town with only a handful of small fishing boats. Sheringham Park a couple of miles from the town was designed in 1812. It has a wonderful landscaped garden with park land and is famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas – you could spend all day there.

Pick a sunny day in early May to visit the garden and you won’t be disappointed. Do not go at the end of April ( as we have just done) if you’ve not been before. Not that it isn’t a beautiful place to go anyway – it’s just that if you haven’t seen the garden in full bloom then you’d miss out. My guess for this year is the third week in May!

Saturday 30th April 2016

There’s lots of parking at Sheringham Park itself but this time we parked the car just up the road in a smaller car park at Pretty Corner. Pretty Corner – sits next to a lovely wood with several trails and a tea shop (as yet unsampled by us).

We set off towards Upper Sheringham which is small village where all the properties seem to be styled with flint. Swallows were flying low over the fields. We’ve walked this way before and usually it’s so quiet you wonder whether anyone actually lives here at all. The silence was broken this time by a group guys on mountain bikes who passed us.

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Upper Sheringham

Into the park we went through some iron gates and turned left. The coffee at the cafe was calling us. The courtyard cafe is a great little spot to linger. There’s a small gift shop and visitors centre – it’s hard to resist a browse and it’s even harder to resist buying cake with your coffee! My writing about cafes and food seems to be growing trend in my posts.

 

Having made the most of the facilities we set off along the main path. In about two weeks time this place will be packed with people taking photos – for now it was fairly quiet. We did find one or two shrubs in flower so we weren’t too disappointed.

 

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There are a couple of small wooden towers (get a map at the centre to help find them) which give views over the top of the plants. It’s worth having a look for them. The main path leads out, away from the trees and shrubs, and you get a glimpse of the sea and Weybourne Mill in the distance.

We made for the sea, leaving the park by crossing the busy coast road and following the footpath that takes you over a railway bridge. This is where the North Norfolk steam trains run (the Poppy Line). It’s like being taken way, way back in time if you coincide your bridge crossing with a train. The golden age of steam….

Just a short stroll away are the sandy cliffs. Here the skylarks were singing high in the sky. Ahhh, the sound of summer. We turned right and headed towards the tiny coast watch building on the top of the highest cliff. It was a race to bag our favourite bench for our lunch stop. There were several people milling about at the top but we beat any challengers to ‘our spot’. Sea, the woods, steam trains, blue sky and even a bit of golf to watch – perfect.

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Time for lunch

The cliff top path takes you on to the seaside town of Sheringham. Suddenly there are lots of people eating lots fish & chips and ice cream. I prefer the artwork that has been added to the sea walls – showing the old fishing days. Does that sound bad?

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Sea Wall painting at Sheringham

Through and out of the town we marched alongside the main road – the A148. I am always amazed by the amount of people travelling along in cars in the middle of the day when it’s sunny. Maybe this time it had something to do with the Thomas the Tank Engine railway day at Sheringham station. I thought how my nephews and nieces would enjoy that.

Turning off the main road we passed Beeston Hall boarding school, heading inland. We reached Beeston Regis Heath and climbed up through the trees to the high point at Stone Hill. Not a great height but not bad for Norfolk.

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Stone Hill

From here it’s down, across a road and into the woods – Sheringham Woods. There are numerous paths – be prepared to get lost! My tip would be to follow dog walkers – almost guaranteed to take you safely out and back to the car park at Pretty Corner.

These open and hilly areas in Norfolk around Beeston Regis Heath, the Roman Camp (highest point in Norfolk) and Sheringham Park and Wood are all owned by the National Trust and for that we should be thankful.

Sheringham town motto – Twixt pine and sea (between pine trees and the sea).