The Norfolk Coastal Path is one of the best walks for its scenery and wildlife and its infrastructure. 'Infrastructure?'
Yes, it's an easy route to walk in sections now and then. Or, you can walk its whole length without having to worry too much about where to park. It's easy to get back to your car (if you drive there) or find somewhere to stay.
There's a regular bus service between King's Lynn and Cromer. It runs hourly (mainly) throughout the day. In other words, you can park your car at a point along the route. Get onto the path and head off to a bus stop in one of the villages along the way. If you get tired, you can always cut inland sooner on one of the many paths off it.
The next leg
Norfolk Coastal Path surface
For this section of the route, the path's surface is a mix of mud, sand and pebbles. Some parts have been surfaced to prevent erosion. These tend to be near the car parks along the way, at Morston, Blakeney and other villages. Get a few hundred metres from these areas, and the muddy surface returns as quickly as the people walking from the car parks disappear.
But, it's a good surface, and it gently undulates along the coastline. It's easy to cover 8 miles in just over a couple of hours.
Lunch in Blakeney
The path winds its way along the coast towards Blakeney. To our left was Blakeney Point. There you can see seals and much birdlife in the nature reserve.
Blakeney is a picturesque place to stop for lunch, as we did. There are benches on the western end of the quay which overlook the fishing boats and the typical, flint houses.
You often see families trying to catch crabs as the ride comes. It's fun to do, and it surprises me how many crabs there are in the harbour.
Penny and I had the company of some hooded crows while we ate. They were waiting for titbits from us. We obliged and rewarded their calm patience.
Leaving Blakeney along its quay, you'll see a couple of boats which take tourists out to the Point to see the wildlife. Even in December, the vessels were operating.
I usually record our walks on my smartphone using an app I use for cycle rides, namely Strava. I'd paused it when we got to Blakeney but forgot to start it again when we left. I remembered about a mile along the Norfolk Coastal Path. That's why it looks like we went straight across the marshes in the animation below.
But, Strava is useful for showing you how much effort and energy you put in. That might not be important to most people, but it's become a bit of an obsession since I started cycling regularly.
At Cley, we boarded the CoastHopper bus back to Stiffkey where we'd parked our car. It's a short ride back to Stiffkey and cost us £4.50 between us. The ride would have been quicker. But, 25 students who got on in Blakeney and took about 10 minutes sorting out their tickets.
After Cley, the path heads towards Sheringham. It's almost a straight line to the seaside town. We'll do that part another time.
Norfolk Coastal Path Resources