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Walk: coastal delight in Sheringham

PUBLISHED: 16:41 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 19 March 2018

Towards Weybourne (photo: Peter James)

Towards Weybourne (photo: Peter James)

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Time for some bracing sea air as Norfolk Ramblers take us on a walk at Sheringham

Where: Start from the esplanade boating lake TG155 434

Distance: Sheringham Walk six miles 9.7 km

Slightly shorter without the climb to the visitor centre five miles, eight km

Reference: Ordnance Survey Landranger 133, Explorer 252

Sheringham walk (photo: Peter James)Sheringham walk (photo: Peter James)

Post code: NR26 8LE

The walk can be started from the visitor centre at Sheringham Park TG138 410 post code NR26 8TL

1) From the boating lake take the path beside the golf course up to the lookout post on the top of the cliffs; you have views over (A) Sheringham and Weybourne. From here you head down towards Weybourne. Follow the path to a marker post, turn left crossing the North Norfolk Railway. Before the road turn right then left, crossing the road to enter Sheringham Park; follow the field edge and you will come to a seat (B) where there are steps up to the gazebo. There are great views to be had from it if you are feeling energetic! Otherwise carry on along the field edge path to a gate on your left; follow the path with views of Sheringham Hall on your left.

The Gazebo (photo: Peter James)The Gazebo (photo: Peter James)

2) If taking the short walk go straight on to point (3). If doing the longer walk turn right following the path through the woods; follow the signs for the visitor centre where there are toilets and refreshments and a gift shop. There is also an exhibition of the history of the park there. You then retrace your steps back to the marker post to the right. When you reach the viewing area head down the steps to the gate; you will see the gate to the Temple – there are excellent views from here. From the rear of the temple head towards the fence at the back of the hotel down to the drive.

3) Pass through the gate following the road to Upper Sheringham; go through the village, passing the church on your right, and at the sharp bend carry on ahead to Cranfield road. Go left at the finger post on to Butts Lane, follow to the end which brings you to the main A1082. Follow the road down to the roundabout, walk down the main street to the sea front; turn left following the signs for the toilets and boating lake from where you started.

Coast watch (photo: Peter James)Coast watch (photo: Peter James)

Sheringham Coast watch registered charity

A) Coastwatch operates from the Old Coastguard Lookout (the watch tower) on Skelding Hill between Sheringham Golf Club and the sea and is on the edge of the cliff. This location, 170 feet above sea level, gives us a commanding view extending (weather permitting) over 14 miles out to sea. Our vantage point on the North Norfolk coast looks over the Wash Basin and includes the Sheringham Shoal beyond which a large wind farm has been built.

Sheringham Park (photo: Peter James)Sheringham Park (photo: Peter James)

We look due north with no land between us and the North Pole. To the west we can see the shore line as far as Blakeney Point which is eight miles away. To the east we can see the coast off the Runtons and Cromer (Cromer Pier is obscured by Beeston Hill). The Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path pass our door, so if you are walking along these paths do give us a wave when passing.

The Gazebo

B) At the top of this hill, obscured until you reach the summit, is The Gazebo, a viewing platform built on the site of a Napoleonic War watchtower. The views from the top of the gazebo are spectacular; the National Trust calls them the best views in Norfolk, and you can see for miles across the low-lying parkland to the coast beyond.

Sheringham walk (Crown copyright 2018 Ordnance Survey. Media 003/18)Sheringham walk (Crown copyright 2018 Ordnance Survey. Media 003/18)

Sheringham Park

C) Abbot and Charlotte Upcher bought Sheringham estate in 1811, and one of the first things they did was to call in Humphry Repton to lay out a landscaped parkland around their new home of Sheringham House. Repton was a garden designer and architect, perhaps the last great landscape designer working on English stately homes and estates. Repton was a failed textile merchant, journalist, and dramatist before he hit upon the idea of using his interest in botany to become a garden designer. Repton had the idea of marketing his services by creating a ‘Red Book’ for clients; a bound volume of sketches showing before and after views so that clients could visualise his proposals.

The National Trust the Red Book that Repton created for the Upchers at Sheringham Park. Repton considered Sheringham his favourite garden design, and called it his ‘darling child’. Though Repton’s design was adapted and altered by subsequent generations of owners, the parkland surrounding Sheringham House is still essentially as he laid it out. One thing Repton did not plant were the rhododendrons, for which the park is known today; they were added in the late 19th century.

Get rambling

Norfolk Ramblers welcomes new members. If you are interested in walking in the company of like-minded people, visit www.norfolkra.org.uk or call 07505 426750. For queries about this walk, phone 07905 565740.

Norfolk Ramblers has established a footpath working group to do some path cutting and general maintenance. They try to make sure that all the paths in these walks are fit to walk, but if you encounter a problem please contact them

Contact Peter James at pdjames.ramb@ntlworld.com; 07905 565740

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