Norfolk Coastal Path – Leg 1

Tuesday 14 October 2014. Hilary, Josephine, Karen and I started the 47 mile walk of the Norfolk Coastal Path today with the first 8½ miles from Cromer to Weybourne. We did it in the opposite direction from Hunstanton to Cromer 2 years ago and last year we did the Peddars Way from Knettishall Heath to Holme-next-the-Sea.

We wanted another winter project and decided to do the NCP again. Finding dates when we were all available and when the weather was fine was as difficult as ever but we’ve made a start. I had hoped to walk part of the way from Cromer along the beach to East Runton but it was high tide and access via the promenade was closed for repairs.

So, it was the inland route for us today, stopping for coffee at Beacon Hill, the highest point in Norfolk. We diverted slightly from the route of the NCP to explore other paths at the foot of Beacon Hill but got back on track in time for the short sharp climb up Beeston Bump. It was here that we encountered a couple of para-gliders who accompanied us almost to Weybourne as they rode the thermals at the cliff edge.

We stopped for lunch in Sheringham before the final climb to the coastguard lookout post on Skelding Hill. From here it was downhill or on the level as we made our way back to Weybourne. For a coastal walk, there were plenty of ups and downs with a total ascent of just over 900ft.

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