Sheringham Park, Norfolk | Great British walks

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Distance 7 miles (11.2km)
3 hours
Sheringham Park visitor centre
OS grid reference

Walk in a nutshell
Even without the many refuelling possibilities of Sheringham and Weybourne, this would be a special walk that takes you across fields, through woods, along clifftops and around the landscaped splendour of Sheringham Park. With the added culinary factor, it becomes a food odyssey, especially where the shellfish are concerned.

Why it's special
This is one of Britain's real foodie enclaves, with crab as the star performer. There are shellfish bars, seafront fish and chips, and a local producers' market in Weybourne on the second Sunday of each month, hosting suppliers of meat, honey, cakes, jams, and even the village's own brand of chilli sauce, Norfolk Heatwave.

Keep your eyes peeled for
White-and-brown white admiral butterflies fluttering through the woodland areas at the very beginning of the walk. (Their numbers peak in July.) Listen carefully for the quick warbling trills of skylarks audible around the clifftops at any time of year. And there are spectacular blooms of rhododendrons and azaleas in Sheringham Park in spring and early summer.

Recover afterwards
At the refreshment kiosk in Sheringham Park. Or in Weybourne at BunTeas or the Ship Inn. In Sheringham, try Joyful West's shellfish bar on the high street, or Dave's fish and chip bar.

If it's tipping down
Should steam engines, wurlitzers and antique fairground rides appeal, there's a fine collection at Thursford, just a few miles down the A418 towards Fakenham (summer only). Should they not, there's the fearsome Muckleburgh collection of military vehicles, just outside Weybourne. Or how about a peaceful afternoon spent painting mugs or plates at the Sticky Earth ceramic cafe in Cromer? They'll fire them afterwards for you to keep. Or there's always Sandringham, where you can see the rooms in which the actual royal family live.

How to get there
Sheringham station is just 2 miles from Sheringham Park. Numerous buses travel into Sheringham from all over north Norfolk Clickhere for details.

Step by step

1 From the visitor centre go left past the Bower and follow red arrows on marker post. Go left between the rhododendrons and then bear right by the five-bar gate, going right at the bottom of the hill and on past the small shed on the right, a former sawmill. Continue to follow the red arrows to Weybourne station.

2 Bear left at the pond and walk left of the barrier on to Weybourne Heath.

3 Go right at the National Trust sign for Weybourne Heath, pass a pond on the right, then turn left and come out of the woods with Weybourne station on the left, and a church and the sea ahead.

4 Walk on, past the shed, then leave the red-marker-post route and go left through the gate to the station.

5 From the station, head towards the sea. Go either over the footbridge if the station is open, or up on to the road and over the railway bridge. Continue along the road towards the sea; there's a good footpath all the way.

6 Follow the road into Weybourne village and go through the housing estate to the T-junction. Go right, signposted Kelling and Sheringham, then left across the A149 by the church. Go past the bus stop and at the Ship Inn turn right, down Beach Road towards the sea.

7 At the beach, turn right up the sandy path along the cliff edge and continue on. See a mill on the right, and pass a small terrace of houses on the cliff edge. Go through a kissing gate and pass a National Trust Sheringham Park sign and red marker post.

8 At the next marker post turn right inland. Go over the railway bridge and past the barn.

9 At the road, turn right inside the field edge (no footpath here on this busy road) then cross the road by the telegraph pole. Go through the gate on the other side of the road and carry on along this path to the gazebo.

10 Leave the path and climb to the top of the gazebo, then return to the path and continue left. At the gate, go through to the left and follow the path in front of Sheringham Hall. Carry straight on past the hall (not open to the public), going through the gate with a cattle grid by a house and the temple on the right at the top of the hill.

11 At the marker post go right and up the hill to the temple.

12 From the temple follow the red, blue and orange arrows to the right. Keep right across the field and go through the five-bar gate. Continue up the track (Summer House valley) then go left at the marker post on to the main path back to the visitor centre.

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Publication Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 23:48:01 GMT
Source: The Guardian
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