A winter’s walk in Weybourne, Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 10:59 09 January 2018
This month we take a winter’s walk in Weybourne, on the north Norfolk coast
Distance 5.5 miles (8.75kms)
Walking time 2hrs
1. From the Beach Road car park head towards the sea and go onto the shingle beach and turn left. Walk along the beach, staying close to the perimeter fence of the Muckleburgh military museum.
At wooden rails with lifesaving equipment and the remains of a small boat turn left into a track passing a large lump of rough concrete on your left on towards the Quag (a bird-watchers haven). The track turns right along the side of the Quag. At a crossing track turn left alongside the Quag and on towards the A149 Coast Road.
At the road use the permissive path along the field edge heading towards a boarded-up house. Pass along the front of the house to a large gap in the hedge and turn right to cross the road into the track opposite.
2. The gravel track becomes a green lane and then a footpath, ascending gently up to the top of Kelling Heath. At the top go straight over a crossing path. At a fork in the path go right and after a short distance at the next fork, continue straight ahead.
At the road (Holgate Hill) cross straight over into a track which will take you to a railway crossing over the North Norfolk Railway Line (you might be fortunate enough to see a steam train going along the railway track).
3. With care cross over the railway crossing and turn immediately left to walk along the footpath following closely to the railway track. At a Kelling Heath information board carry straight on alongside the railway line going a little steeply downhill to a footpath and go leftwards towards the railway. Follow the footpath alongside the railway which is now above you on the left on an embankment. The footpath rises to the Kelling Heath Park platform.
The platform was built to enable the visitors to the Kelling Heath caravan site to use the North Norfolk Railway to get to Sheringham or to Weybourne or Holt. There are two seats on the platform to perhaps have a rest and admire the view over toward Weybourne.
Walk along the platform and back onto the footpath which takes you alongside a fishing pond, which also has a few seats.
Continuing along the footpath still with the railway track close by on your left towards Weybourne station. Just before the road the path goes rightwards around Springs Farm to the road. Cross over the road into a gateway, turn left alongside the horse paddocks towards Weybourne station, turning right alongside the railway, go through a small wooden gate onto the platform and use the footbridge to cross the railway tracks to the other platform where there are refreshments and toilet facilities. This makes a nice spot to have a rest and have a look around the station.
4. From the platform walk past the refreshments/waiting room towards the road bridge and turn right to go through the car park to the road where you turn right along the road towards the village of Weybourne.
At the T junction on a bend, turn right towards Weybourne church. At the junction with the A149 Coast Road turn left along the road to the village shop and cross over the road with care into Beach Lane Then use the newly-created footpaths crossing from one side of the road to the other back to the beach car park.
Another local attraction is the North Norfolk Railway which runs from Sheringham through Weybourne to Holt. Also known as the Poppy Line, this well-preserved steam railway cuts through the countryside to the east of Weybourne and passes through the carefully preserved country station, which also houses a locomotive shed with a carriage maintenance and restoration centre.
Weybourne railway station is about 1,000 yards from the village centre, signposted from the coast road opposite the church. The main station was built in 1900; other structures of the appropriate era, such as the signal box, waiting room and footbridge, have been imported from other locations. On the closure of the line, British Rail lifted the track and razed the station, apart from the main station building. It was used as the location for the filming of a Dad’s Army episode, The Royal Train, and is frequently used by film-makers and artists. On the station there is a small shop, buffet and picnic area. At weekends there is a bookshop selling a wide range of old railway books and magazines, railway videos and CDs commemorating times past. The railway offers a 10.5-mile round trip by steam or vintage diesel trains through an area of north Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty.
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 07905 565740. Norfolk Ramblers has established a footpath working group to do some path cutting and general maintenance. We try to make sure that all the paths in these walks are fit to walk, but if you encounter a problem please tell us.
Contact Peter James at firstname.lastname@example.org; 07905 565740