Norfolk Coast Path 2

Norfolk Coast Path 2 – A Norfolk National Trail

Norfolk Coast Path 2 continues the second and third day on this Norfolk National Trail.

Day 2 Burnham Overy Staithe To Cley next the Sea (16 miles)

Norfolk Coast path 2On this day on the Norfolk Coast Path 2 we decided to reverse the walk, so in the morning we walked from Wells next the Sea to Burnham Overy Staithe. The sea defence bank ran straight for almost a mile to the lifeboat station. From here the trail ran through woods to the shoreline.

The path became indistinguishable and after some ups and downs in the sand dunes and an unplanned detour we finally found the correct path. In Burnham Overy Staithe we had a look around the village and harbour before enjoying a drink at The Hero.

We then caught the Coasthopper bus to Cley next the Sea and started on the path back to Wells next the Sea. This proved to be a tiring walk. The path went near Cley’s famous windmill at Cley Marshes then headed to Blakeney. A mile and a half later we decided to leave the path and walk the short distance to the village of Morston to the Anchor Inn.

The day was hot and sunny and a couple of well deserved beers were consumed in the beer garden. The trail continued past Stiffkey Salt Marshes and 3½ miles later we were in Wells next the Sea. A drink in the Edinburgh and an excellent meal in the Crown Hotel rounded off the day nicely.

Day 3  Cley next the Sea to Cromer (14¼ miles)

Norfolk Coast Path 2The final day of the Norfolk Coast Path 2 saw us catch the bus to Cley next the Sea, where we would commence the walk to Cromer. A mile and a half into the walk and we were on the beach at Cley Eye. This was the start of a punishing 4 mile trek along the pebbles with the occasional hard sandy patches to relieve the pressure.

Finally the agony was over at Weybourne where the path headed over the cliff tops to Sheringham. This was a lovely spot and after the climb up to the Coastwatch lookout post we descended into the town and rewarded ourselves with drinks at the Two Lifeboats pub.

After a meal of fish and chips we proceeded on the last leg of Norfolk Coast Path 2 to Cromer. The trail took us inland and in parts some climbing was needed. Finally we reached our destination and had another mile to walk to our accommodation.

We showered and changed, walked back and then completed the Norfolk Coast Path 2 trail to Cromer Pier. The Wellington benefited from our custom and then the Kings Head. A great Italian meal followed and we were back to the Wellington to watch the rugby.

Although there were some long distances covered in 3 days, the Norfolk Coast Path provided more interesting walking than the Peddars Way. Quite a lot of the path is on banks through the salt marshes and mudflats. The 4 mile pebble beach walk was hard going but the walk from Weybourne to Sheringham along the cliff tops was the highlight of the trail.

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Norfolk Coast Path 2 — 7 Comments

  1. I would say there is very little difference walking on pebbles or sand, both are hard work. If the sand is hard then that’s a different matter and makes it far easier. As you say Victoria Marie, you need to be careful on pebbles as it’s easy to turn an ankle.

    • Hard sand is great to hike in. It’s the soft stuff that takes forever. The family hiked the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, U.S.A., straight up to the top, feet sinking in the soft stuff with every step. Shoes filling up with sand. We tired of stopping and emptying our shoes, so we trudged on. Our legs as well as our feet hurt after that one.

      Now pebbles are better than small rocks to hike on. An ankle can easily twist on rocks. We found some rocky beaches up in Canada and the Great Lakes area in Michigan.

  2. Bill,
    Are you going to do a book of this walk? I would buy it if you are as we are planning to give this one a go as a family next year.

    • Hi Paul, no I will not be writing a book on the Norfolk Coast Path. We used the National Trail Guide on a couple of occasions but to be honest it’s a fairly straight forward route and is well waymarked.

  3. Bill, I love the music on the video. I’m impressed with the load you men carried and the beautiful coastal lands. Some of the area, around inlets I would think, reminds me of when we took the family to the Bay of Fundy New Brunswick in Canada. Someone pulled the plug and the boats sat on sand.

    I hate walking/hiking in soft sand or pebbles. You are correct; it is exhausting. We took the family to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. This was a hike to the top of shifting sand dunes for a beautiful view of the mountains in the distance, but it was an arduous climb.

    Thanks for sharing this trip with your readers, Bill. I hope your friend’s hamstring is better. Victoria Marie Lees

    • I am a big jazz fan Victoria Marie and jazz of course is the music of the USA. I particularly like the big band jazz musicians and those that played in the 30’s to the 50’s are some of the greatest musicians that ever played. I actually revisited the Norfolk Coast Path last week with my friend who was injured and had to do the pebble beach walk once again.

      • Good, Bill, I’m glad your injured friend was able to do this portion once he was better. Pebbles and sand, I’m still not sure which one is easier to hike in. Probably pebbles, although you need to be careful you don’t twist an ankle. Thanks again, Bill, for sharing this trip with your readers.