Things to see & do

Views, walks and places to relax

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West Runton beech woods are delighful on a sunny day © John Idiens

West Runton beech woods are delighful on a sunny day

Woodlands

Why not take a gentle walk in the woods? There are lots of paths to follow. Many of the trees you will see started growing here when myxomatosis decimated the rabbit population and the windblown seeds from silver birch grew into young trees that shaded out heathland species.

Look out for rowan (mountain ash), oak, ash & sweet chestnut, as well as our old beech trees, some of which have been pollarded.

Download a leaflet with marked walks.

Rare species

Our heaths are home to the white admiral butterfly, the rare barred chestnut moth, hummingbird hawk moth, silver-washed fritillary, and most years nightjars. There are also lizards, grass snakes and adders.

The heathland

So much to see, but it's good to have a rest and take in the view

Our heaths here are diverse but the dominating plant is common heather. You may see lizards, adders, grass snakes, toads, green woodpeckers and, at dusk, nightjars. Butterflies are less numerous in the colder months.

Go for a walk

Set your feet free

The land is a ridge of sand and gravel left by ice and retreating glaciers. In a short stroll you can see eight species of tree and a variety of flowers, birds and insects

Iron working

Iron nodules were used in the medieval period to smelt iron. Some of the shallow pits from which ore was dug can be seen just to the north of the car park. Up to 150 tons of iron may have been obtained over the years.

Geology of the site

Melting glaciers left behind a free-draining soil, perfect for our heathland plants. Trickling water washed soluble minerals lower down, producing iron ore that was smelted in the medieval period.

Take a circular walk

West Runton Circular Walk Map

Why not follow our circular walk? You will see a wide variety of trees, plants and wildlife.

You will also be able to enjoy some spectacular views over the countryside towards the North Sea.

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