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)
On 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)
The 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.