Striking out along the cliffs towards Sheringham, modern life falls away. Skylark song spills down, waves pound the shingle, and steam trains from the North Norfolk Poppy Line whistle across the valley.
The walk, from Weybourne to Cromer, is the conclusion of the 45-mile Norfolk Coast Path. In 1986, the path was joined with the Peddars Way to form a National Trail.
Weybourne to Sheringham
From Weybourne beach car park, follow the cliff path towards Sheringham. Continue through kissing gates, past the lifeboat cottage and along the bird-haunted cliffs. This fossil-rich coast is a Site of Special Scientific Interest: a 600,000-year-old elephant was discovered at West Runton. Pass Sheringham Park and the golf course, pause for spectacular views from Skelding Hill, then descend to Sheringham.
Continue past the boating pond then walk along the promenade and past The Mo Museum – where you can discover Sheringham’s boating history. Go right up steep cliff steps then, at the putting green, turn left on to Beeston Bump.
Beeston Bump and the Cromer Ridge were formed by glacial debris at the end of the last ice age. Take in the panorama, then descend steps to a common rich in insect life and flora. At the caravan site’s edge, turn right along the hedgerow. Cross the railway line, then the A149. A little to the left, an old road spurs off right, then turn right on to a rough track. At the top, turn left, then follow the path right and up through the trees.
The Roman Camp to Cromer
The atmospheric Roman Camp is the highest point in Norfolk, but no evidence of Roman occupation has ever been found here: instead, look for medieval earth workings.
Continue past the caravan site, cross over Sandy Lane and take the track to the left past the campsite entrance and on to Abb’s Common. From here, an overhung, sunken path leads away to the right. Carry on under the railway bridge. The path turns into a road: follow it down through houses on to the main road. Past the railway station, turn left up Beach Road. Walk above the esplanade to end at Cromer pier.