Walking

Walking trail

Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk, Norfolk

Walking trail

This circular walk takes you through a variety of habitats, along the shingle beach, inland and uphill. Stroll along heathland on top of the coastal ridge and journey back down to the beach.

Birds

Don't forget your binoculars. Look out for Redshank and Snow Bunting (in winter).

Map

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Start:

Bus stop in Salthouse village TG07731438512

1

Starting from the bus stop, with Cross street on your right and the marshes on your left, follow the A149 coast road until reaching Beach road on your left. Turn on to Beach road, and continue until reaching the shingle bank and the beach beyond it.

2

Prior to the 2013 storm surge, the area in front of you was a car park. During the storm surge the car park became covered in 6' of shingle, and now forms part of the sea defence. Now turn left, keeping the sea on your right. You can walk either side of the ridge, but don’t miss the turning if you walk on the beach.

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Yellow-horned Sea Poppy on the North Norfolk coast

3

After about 1.2 miles (2km), there's a concrete slope across the path on the landward side of the shingle bank. Turn your back to the sea here, and go left along the raised bank leading inland. Arnold’s Marsh is to your left.

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A view of the Shingle Ridge and Gramborough Hill

4

Arriving at the A149, turn left and follow the path for 100yds.(90m) At the NOA watchpoint sign, cross the road and follow the footpath by blue ‘Walsey Hills’ signpost, marked ‘To Salthouse’. The steps along on the left lead up to a viewing platform.

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A Norfolk Redshank

5

Continue on this path, going straight on at the next signpost to Salthouse Heath, with the sea still behind you, until you come to a road.

6

Go left until you reach a sign-posted public footpath (just before a crossroads), turn left and continue along this path.

7

When you get to the road, turn left. Cross the road and turn right at the next public footpath sign, on to Salthouse Heath.

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Salthouse Reed Bed near the North Norfolk Coast

8

At the marker post with the blue ‘Sculpture Trail’ sign, keep straight, avoiding paths on the left hand side. The sea is now down on the left and the wide grassy path winds round until the last left-hand bend takes you onto a road again.

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Snow Buntings might be seen near Gramborough Hill

9

Go left, seeing the sea ahead as you come out into the open. Stay on the road as it bends to the left, then go through the hedge at the next public footpath sign on the right.

10

Cross the field, aiming for the public footpath sign opposite, left of the church. If the field is in cultivation, please walk in single file keeping to the narrow trodden footpath, keeping dogs under control

11

Go down the steps and turn right to walk through Salthouse village.

12

Arriving again at the coast road A149, head up to the bus stop and the end of your walk.

End:

Bus stop in Salthouse village TG07731438512

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Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk, Norfolk

Terrain

Mostly off-road on firm paths, with a roughly 1 mile (2km) section on soft shingle. Traffic may be heavy in summer on the short distance along the A149. Pushchairs will be extremely difficult over soft shingle part of the route. Dogs welcome on leads or under close control

Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk, Norfolk

Contact us

Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
Bus stop in Salthouse village TG0773143851, or park on Beach road if car parking available.
By train

Sheringham 6 miles east of Salthouse (9.6 kms).

By road

A149 King's Lynn to Cromer coast road

By foot

Coastal Path runs 45 miles from Hunstanton to Cromer

By bus

Norfolk Coasthopper, Sheringham-Hunstanton. Go to http://www.coasthopper.co.uk for times.

By bicycle

Norfolk Coast Cycleway (National Cycle Route 30) runs along quiet lanes from King’s Lynn to Cromer, it's an easy 1 mile detour to CaRSalthouse. http://www.sustrans.org.uk

Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Car Parking: Difficult - public transport preferable, but occasionally vehicle parking possible on beach road. If parking on this road then start and finish your walk at point 2.
  • Toilets: There are none on this route
  • Food and drink: Eating places in Salthouse. Mobile coffee stall sometimes available near beach/shingle ridge on beach road.