Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk near Blakeney, Norfolk

Walking trail

Starting from the National Trust car park at Morston Quay, near Blakeney, this 5.5 mile (8km) walk weaves its way away from the coast along the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, through woodland adjacent to a babbling river to the village of Cockthorpe.

Views

Standing on a ridge of high land, Cockthorpe offers stunning views all around. Many free-range pigs and sheep, will be seen on this route. Also look out for purple flashes of sea lavender, silver sea purslane and sea aster.

Map

Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk map

Start:

Morston Quay Grid ref. TG006440.

1

Starting with your back to the Visitor Centre, head slightly right and follow the path until reaching a dog-bin on the right hand side. Bearing right at the bin, head for some wooden steps which will lead up to the coast path. The path is fairly well-defined but with many bends as you go along. Morston Greens Salt Marshes will be on your right. Walk for about 3/4 of a mile where the path will have a fairly well-defined turn to the left..

a young lady in a black fleece and denim jeans speaks to an older lady in a blue jumper and dark trousers in front of a black building with the blue sky behind. Its a sunny day

2

Looking out for some creeks on the right hand side, the path will make a right hand turn. After approximately 1/4 mile, look out for a lake on the left. Be careful at this point as the lake may be disguised by pond plants etc.

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A view of Morston Greens Salt Marshes

3

Shortly after reaching a FP sign and wooden steps on the left, descend the steps and follow the path keeping the lake on your left for about 1/4 mile until reaching a kissing gate. Shortly after the gate you will reach a bridge and the Morston road. Follow the permissive path behind the hedge for 1/4 until you reach the FP sign. Turn left onto this path, which may be well overgrown in places, with a small stream on the right hand side, for about 1/2 mile crossing a wooden foot-bridge on the way.

Approaching point 3 on Morston to Cockthorpe circular walk

4

When reaching a gate and a small footbridge you will have reached the valley of Cockthorpe Common. Stand and take in the view of the valley for a while – it’s quite impressive. The path runs through the middle and a mast and some farm buildings can be seen on the hill ahead of you. Don’t head to the mast but keep bearing to the right; the path bears right and climbs fairly steeply until eventually reaching a steel gate.

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Cockthorpe Common on Morston to Cockthorpe Circular walk

5

Go through the gate and continue for a short way until reaching the Cockthorpe road. The walk route turns left at this point but it is worth turning right to have a look at Cockthorpe Village and the church. If you wish to just continue the walk turn left and move on to point 6.

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Cockthorpe All Saints Church, in Cockthorpe, Norfolk

6

When you have finished in Cockthorpe Village, retrace your steps and shortly after the exit from the Cockthorpe Common exit, look out for a FP sign 100 yds on the left, leading on to a concrete path heading up to the old dis-used Langham Airfield which will be on the right-hand side. Walk past a small copse on the left and before reaching the buildings (1/4 mile or so), branch left continuing for another 1/4 mile until reaching a ‘private land’ sign and a FP sign on the right.

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Langham Airfield on Morston to Cockthorpe Circular walk

7

Turn right onto this path running across a field for about 1/4 mile, until reaching more concrete and then bridleway called Love Lane. Continue along Love Lane for about 1/2 mile, (looking out for free-range pigs), and then after turning sharp left, continue along the grass track for 1/2 mile until reaching the main road, Morston Chase.

Footpath at Point 7 on Morston to Cockthorpe Circular walk

8

There is no footpath for most of this road, so turn right and carefully continue along Morston Chase until the second turning on the left leading back up to Morston Quay car park and the end of your walk.

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catering kiosk with food counter front and left with bunting.

End:

Morston Quay Grid ref. TG006440.

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Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk near Blakeney, Norfolk

Terrain

Coastal uneven paths, main road walking, tree roots, some kissing gates, some footbridges. Well marked with FP signs. Some of the paths on this route are narrow and may have nettles , so shorts are not recommended. Depending on the time of the year, mud and water may be in evidence so suitable footwear essential. Not suitable for push and/or wheelchairs.

The route is managed by Norfolk County Council, and any issues with signage, gates or the trail itself can be reported here.

Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk near Blakeney, Norfolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01263 740241

Email: norfolkcoast@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney

Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk near Blakeney, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
Morston Quay, Norfolk, NR25 7BH
By train

Sheringham 10 miles, then take Coasthopper bus to Morston.

By road

A149 King’s Lynn to Cromer coast road to Morston, then turn left in village to Morston Quay car park.

By bus

Norfolk Coast Hopper runs along A149 between Kiings Lynn and Cromer.

By bicycle

Norfolk Coast Cycleway (National Cycle Route 30) runs along quiet lanes from King’s Lynn to Cromer

Morston Quay to Cockthorpe circular walk near Blakeney, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Refreshments kiosk at Morston Quay
  • Toilets at Morston Quay
  • Parking at Morston Quay (free for National Trust members).