Sheringham woodland and coastal walk
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Wonderfully varied walk through woodland showing autumnal colours, parkland lit up with yellow flowering gorse, and along cliff edge by the sea. Savour the views from the tree-top gazebo with fields of golden stubble catching the eye. Take time to absorb the history, rich variety of trees, alongside the bird and animal life. Opportunities for refreshment en route.
- Bus stop
Start: Sheringham Park visitor centre, grid ref: TG135420
From the visitor centre, turn left down the main drive walking past the Bower. At this point the autumn yellows contrast strongly against evergreen rhododendrons. Following the red arrow on marker post, go left between the rhododendrons and then bear right by the five-bar gate, going right at the bottom of the hill (in May look out for the handkerchief tree on the right you'll know it if you see it!) and on past the small shed on the right, a former sawmill. Continue to follow the red arrows to Weybourne Station.
You cannot fail to notice the bright canary yellow smooth Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) standing out against the backdrop of the dark green rhododendrons. There are many varieties in this family, this particular specimen is believed to be ‘Senkaki’ , as its leaves drop the winter twigs will turn an attractive coral red .
Bear left at the pond and walk left of the barrier onto Weybourne Heath.
As you walk along the valley path sweet chestnuts tower above you with their characteristic twisted bark. In a mast year you may be able to pick up some chestnuts to take home to roast.
Go right at the National Trust sign for Weybourne Heath, pass a pond on the right, then turn left and come out of the woods with Weybourne Station on the left and a church and the sea ahead.
Walk on, past the shed, then leave the red marker post route and go left through the gate to the station.
From the station, head towards the sea. Go either over the footbridge, if the station is open, or up onto the road and over the railway bridge. Continue along the road towards the sea; there's a good footpath all the way.
The main station was built in 1900 although other structures, of the appropriate era, such as the signal box, waiting room and footbridge have been 'imported' from other locations. (BR, on the closure of the line, raised the station and track, apart from the main station building). Its main claim to fame is as the location of the 'Dad's Army' episode, Royal Train, although it is frequently used by other film makers and artists.
Follow the road into Weybourne village and go through the housing estate to the T-junction. Go right, signposted Kelling and Sheringham, then left across the A149 by the church. Go past the bus stop and at the Ship Inn turn right, down Beach Road towards the sea.
At the beach, turn right up the sandy path along the cliff edge and continue on. See a mill on the right, and pass a small terrace of houses on the cliff edge. Go through a kissing gate and pass a National Trust Sheringham Park sign and red marker post.
At next marker post, turn right inland. Go over the railway bridge, and past the barn.
Listen out for the distinctive song of skylarks, a warbling of short trills. They can be seen and heard on the cliffs all year round.
At the road, turn right inside the field edge (no footpath here on this busy road) then cross the road by the telegraph pole. Go through the gate on the other side of the road and carry on along this path to the gazebo.
The folly or viewing tower, known as The Gazebo, is worth the climb, with views over the oak tree canopy to the sea. During autumn fields of recently harvested barley capture your attention as your eyes drift over to the cliff tops, brown hares can often be seen in the stubble. On a clear day the golden sands Blakeney Point are visible and steam trains can often be seen on the Poppy Line of the North Norfolk Railway as it runs through the northern end of Sheringham Park.
Leave the path and climb to the top of the gazebo, then return to the path and continue left. At the gate, go through to the left and follow the path in front of Sheringham Hall. Carry straight on past the Hall (not open to the public), going through the gate with a cattle grid by a house and the Temple on the right at the top of the hill.
Privately occupied and not open to the public, Sheringham Hall was started in 1813 for Abbot Upcher, but he died before it was finished. His son completed it and lived there from 1839. Humphrey Repton designed the gardens.
At the marker post, go right and up the hill to the Temple.
Designed by Repton, but not built until over 160 years later, the Temple was opened in 1975 to celebrate the 70th birthday of Mr Thomas Upcher, the last of his family to live in the Hall. Although built in slightly different position than planned by Repton the temple still provides a view as intended overlooking the parkland with the yellow gorse in flower, taking in Sheringham Hall and the coast beyond.
From the Temple, follow the red, blue and orange arrows to the right, keep right across the field and go through the five-bar gate. Continue up the track (Summer House Valley) then go left at the marker post onto the main path back to the Visitor Centre.
End: Sheringham Park visitor centre, grid ref: TG135420
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 7 miles (11kms)
- Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 133; Explorer 252
Varied paths with some steep slopes. Parts can be very wet underfoot, not suitable for buggies. Passes cliff edge and deep ponds. Dogs welcome, but please keep under control and clean up after them.
- How to get here:
By foot: On Norfolk Coast Path
By bike: National Cycle Network Regional Route 30, 1.5 miles (2.4km) south of Sheringham Park
By Bus: Sanders Coaches 5, alight main entrance
By train: Sheringham, 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, 6 miles (9.6km) east of Holt
- Parking : 60 yds (pay and display £4.90 2014) NT members free.
- WC's : Near courtyard. Weybourne Station (when open),
- Food and drink : Courtyard cafe at Sheringham. Buffet at Weybourne Station (when open).
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