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Norfolk coastal walk: Cromer to West Runton or Beeton Bump

The walk takes in a gorgeous stretch of coastline. Photo: Peter James
The walk takes in a gorgeous stretch of coastline. Photo: Peter James

A coastal walk from Cromer that travels east to West Runton or Beeston Bump and Sheringham if you prefer a longer option.

Great British Life: Cromer Pier. Photo: Peter JamesCromer Pier. Photo: Peter James

1. From Cromer Pier make your way up to the path above, then follow to the main road opposite the petrol station. Turn right and follow the path through the gardens to the cliff top car park. Walk to the fence at the clifftop. Turn left. Follow the fence to the finger post. Turn left. At the road turn right. Pass the cottages and bus shelter. At the finger post pass through the metal gate. Follow to the track. In the caravan park turn left. You will come back to the road. Keep on the pavement through the village. Pass the caravan park and site of the car boot sale. Turn right at the fingerpost through the gate into Woodhill campsite. Turn left. Follow the path. The route is well waymarked through the site. You turn right past the reception building, turn left then right. After 100m take the path to the cliffs. Bearing left follow the path along the cliffs to the shelter at West Runton.

Great British Life: West Runton beach. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphotoWest Runton beach. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

2. Short Walk: You turn left up the road. 230m on the left is a footpath. This will take you to the main Cromer Road. Cross to the pavement. Turning right follow the road past the shops. Taking the road to the station go over the bridge. Take the track between the houses and the golf course. Follow round to the campsite entrance.

2. Main Walk: For the main route cross the road. Pass through the car park. Take the steps and follow the path as it winds along the clifftop. To follow the path inside the fence through Beeston Regis camping park, follow to the base of Beeston Bump

3. For Beeston Bump and Sheringham: Take the steps to the top, where you have excellent views in all directions. Take the steps down the opposite side.

3. Main Walk: From the base of the hill, take the path diagonally across the common heading for the railway crossing. Carefully cross the railway line, taking the lane in front of you to the main road.

4. This is the point you can get the Coasthopper bus.

4. Cross the road. Taking the lane going to the left, turn right following the track past the school and horse paddocks. At the top of the lane turn left. Follow Calves Well Lane below Roman Camp. When you come to the corner where a path comes down from the left turn right then at the main road take the path opposite. Follow the path below Town Hill. At the junction of paths go straight on beside the golf course at the entrance to the campsite.

5. Ignore the track from the left. Take the enclosed path ahead. Follow this path below Incleborough Hill. At the junction of paths go straight on. At the end of the track turn right at a triangle. Cross lane and pass the seats. Bear left. You will come to a small road. Cross. Taking the track in front of you passing under the railway bridge follow this track past the campsites. At the end go straight on. At the first house on the left turn left cross the bridge. Turn right. Follow path to barriers. Turn left to the top. Turn right. Follow path to the road turning right then left down to the main road. Turn right. This will bring you back to the car park. Then return to your parking.

COMPASS POINTS

START: Use any of the car parks in Cromer. The town is also easily accessible by bus or train. The walk starts from Cromer Pier.

NEAREST POST CODE: NR27 9HR

DISTANCE: 

There are a number of choices

The main walk towards Beeton Bump -8.25 miles/13km

The shorter walk to West Runton - 5.5 miles/ 9km

Getting the Coasthopper bus back from Beeston Regis - 4 miles/6.5km

Going over Beeston Bump through to Sheringham, getting the bus back 5 miles/8km

GRID REFERENCE: TG2193 4235

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POINTS OF INTEREST

West Runton cliffs

Fossils of animals, birds and insects are regularly exposed from the eroding cliffs on the beach. The cliffs of West Runton were once part of the Cromer Forest Bed formation which is exposed at intervals along the coast of Norfolk and Suffolk, from Weybourne to Kessingland. The forest bed was formed in the Quaternary Period and dates to between 700,000 and 500,000 years ago.

Cromer Pier

One of only a handful of UK seaside piers with a full working, flourishing theatre and home to the only end of pier show of its kind in the world! The Cromer Pier Show has been enjoyed by generations of visitors and has been awarded five stars by The Stage. It's a must-see show for the whole family and should be on everybody’s bucket list.

Great British Life: Erica Appleton, owner of The Craft Room, Cromer. Photo: Brittany WoodmanErica Appleton, owner of The Craft Room, Cromer. Photo: Brittany Woodman

Cromer's independent shops

Cromer has a flourishing community of independent shops, including Fig and Olive, which has a phenomenal cheese counter (and there's a surf shop in the back), the gorgeous Craft Room, which has an amazing array of embroidery kits, Constance and Thyme florist and gift shop and Another Planet which specialises in secondhand vinyl. And Harbords Artisan Vintage Emporium has some beautifully curated pre-loved fashion.

Great British Life: Fish and chips from No1 Cromer. Photo: No1 CromerFish and chips from No1 Cromer. Photo: No1 Cromer

Food and drink

Well, if you're at the seaside, surely fish and chips have to be on the menu? In Cromer you're spoiled for choice. Mary-Janes has been loved by generations. And recently Vigil and Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones sang the praises of No1 on Instagram.



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