Norfolk Coastal Path – Leg 6

Sunday 14 December 2014. Two months have passed since we started out on the Norfolk Coastal Path on 14 October 2014. Although there have been only 6 parts to this trail, weather, holidays and problems in getting everyone together on the same day have prolonged the task. Our last 7.6 mile section started in Thornham and finished at Hilary’s in Hunstanton for a celebratory cup of tea and home-made cake.

It was a very windy day and we spent most of our time walking head on into the ever increasing breeze. We made our way out to the Holme Dunes nature reserve where we were able to walk on the beach for quite a distance before heading a little inland for our coffee break near the village of Holme-next-the-Sea.

Resuming the walk, we headed out to the beach again where we passed the marker post indicating the joining of the Peddars Way with the NCP. I tried to place my mascot orange plastic duck “Slamduck” on top of the marker post to take a photograph but it blew off before I could step back and press the shutter button. Karen very kindly offered to “hide” behind the post and hold the duck in place whilst I took the picture. Just what passers-by thought of us defies description.

By now we were on familiar territory with Hunstanton cliffs in view. The receding tide meant that we were able to walk at the foot of the cliffs into Hunstanton and to capture a picture of three Oystercatchers; just a few of the variety of birdlife on the shoreline.

As ever, walking the NCP is a pleasure, some sections are less interesting than others but the chance to walk on near deserted beaches just can’t be missed.

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