Sheringham Park - Repton's walk
Sheringham Park Visitor Centre, Norfolk, NR26 8TLRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Enjoy a stroll through the glorious landscaped parkland at Sheringham, with stunning sea views as well as country vistas. Visit in May and June to see the vibrant rhododendrons and azaleas.
- Bus stop
Start: Sheringham Park Visitor Centre, grid ref: TG135420
Starting from the Visitor Centre head straight past the turning for the 'Bower' staying on the main pathway. This takes you through the stunning collection of rhododendrons and azaleas which are shaded by the woodland canopy.
Transformed from an old car park, the Bower is an ideal spot to sit and relax, listen to birdsong and spot wildlife visiting the pond. Adults can rest while the children search for mini-beasts or create a sculpture in the environmental art area. There's an area devoted to plants brought back by famous plant-hunter Ernest Wilson.
As you continue your walk down the drive take time to look at Moosewood tree on your left with bright green bark. In front of you will see a wooden hut called the Ling House. Stop for a moment to take in one of the best views in the park, looking down a valley framed by rhododendrons, over parkland and out to sea.
A shelter since the 1900s set amongst the rhododendrons. This takes in a view across the valley, intended by Repton as glimpse point over the coastline for visitors arriving by horse and carridge . Skelding hill viewpoint can be seen over by Sheringham Golf Course.
Continue along the path taking in the different varieties of rhododendrons which first appeared in the park around the mid-1800s.
Henry Morris Upcher sponsored trips to collect more plant species between 1900 and the 1930s. The wild garden was continued in 1946 by Thomas Upcher who carried on the wild rhododendron planting and was famous for his garden walks.
Approaching the black railings you now come to one of Humphry Repton's famous scenes from the Sheringham Red Book (a copy of which can be seen in the exhibition centre) called 'The Turn'. As you descend down the drive Sheringham Hall appears sitting in front of Oak Wood with sea views on either side.
This is the noted point at which Repton wished the hall to be viewed, creating a strong first impression. Nestled snuggly in front of Oak Wood protected from strong northerly winds.
Continue along the path and over the cattle grid which leads you out into the open parkland. As you approach Sheringham Hall (not open to the public) take the path to the left. If you wish to bypass the gazebo go right and pick up the route at point 8.
Head through the gate and turn right. Follow the path to the gazebo, climb to the top to see the amazing views over the oak wood canopy. looking out to sea, when visibility is good Blakeney point may be seen.
Re-trace your steps back through the gate until you are back outside Sheringham Hall. Continue straight along the path.
The hall is privately occupied, building began in 1813 for Abbot Upcher, but he died before completion. His son carried on the building and lived there from 1839.
Park Lodge will be on your left as you approach another cattle grid. Take a moment to view the parkland with the woods running along to your right. Centre stage is the temple which was designed by Repton but not built until 1975 by Thomas Upcher. Note how the parkland dips and rises to create a spectacular hide and seek game as you move along the path.
Designed by Repton but not built until over 160 years later. The temple was opened in 1975 to celebrate Mr Thomas Upcher 70th birthday who was the last of the family to live in the hall.
Continue along the path passing by Hall Farm on your left and take the right hand pathway leading to the temple.
Once at the temple take a good look at Sheringham Hall. Does the temple seem to be at the same height as the hall? Follow the red, blue and orange arrows to the right. Keeping to the right as you cross the field to the five bar gate. Pass through the gate and head up the track. (Summer House Valley)
At the marker turn left which leads back along the main path back to the Visitor Centre. Here you will find the exhibition centre with copies of the 'Red Book' and more information on 'Humphrey Repton' and the 'Upcher family.'
End: Sheringham Park Visitor Centre
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)
- Time: 1.5 hours
- OS Map: OS Landranger 133; Explorer 252
The route is mostly on paths with a short section across a field. A few uphill stretches.
- How to get here:
By foot: On Norfolk Coastal Path
By bike: Regional Route 30 is 1.5 miles (2.5km) south of Sheringham Park
By bus: First 50 from Norwich, Norfolk Green X6 from Cromer (both pass Sheringham railway station); Sanders Coach routes 4 and 5, alight the main entrance
By train: Sheringham station, 2 miles (3.2km)
By car: Entrance at junction of A148/B1157. Two miles (3.2km) south-west of Sheringham, 5 miles (8km) west of Cromer and 6 miles (9.6km) east of Holt
- Parking : 60 yds (pay and display £4.80 2013) NT members free.
- WC's : Near courtyard.
- Food and drink : Courtyard cafe.
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