Wednesday 26 February. I met Karen today to recce the walk that I’ll be leading from Sheringham on 25th May. It was supposed to be 7½ miles but turned out to be 9.6 miles. This wasn’t because we got lost, but it was such a nice day that we made a few of detours from the planned route which added a couple of miles. I was surprised that for a walk which started with almost 3 miles along the beach, the total ascent turned out to be 1,132ft. I’ve done some serious hill walks with less climbing.
We stopped for coffee just below West Runton and left the beach at East Runton. Up until this point the route was familiar but we then started to tread new ground as we made our way over the railway line and circled the foot of Incleborough Hill. One of our diversions was a short climb of the hill which added 50ft or so to our overall ascent. It was well worth it as it provided great views towards Cromer.
From here we made our way to join with the inland section of the Norfolk Coastal Path and the steady climb to the highest point in Norfolk at Beacon Hill which measures a mighty 338ft above sea level. We stopped for lunch at this point and then went downhill again to the bottom of Roman Camp and the outskirts of West Runton. Having lost 100ft we then had to climb back up to Row Heath. A short section of woodland walking brought us to the viewpoint at the top of Beeston Regis Heath. A steady descent brought us down to cross the A149 and the railway line again before the final climb of the day to the top of Beeston Bump. It was less than 100ft to climb but towards the end of our walk it seemed like much more. From here it was downhill into Sheringham where we stopped in a café overlooking the sea for a well deserved cup of tea.
It was a longer walk than planned with 3 climbs but on a beautifully sunny spring day it was most enjoyable.