Walking

Walking trail

Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk Norfolk

Walking trail

Wander through Brancaster Staithe and enjoy the beautiful sights of the coast and its wildlife. There are excellent views from Barrow Common and the chance to see the site of Branodunum Roman Fort.

Map

Map of the Brancaster Estate Wildlife Walk

Start:

Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe. PE31 8BW grid ref: TF791443 This area is subject to tidal flooding. Please do not leave your car on the hard-standing as it may be flooded.

1

From Brancaster Staithe Quay car park, turn right onto the coastal path, and head towards the harbour. Once at the harbour there are information signs giving details of its history, as well as current fishing information. A little way along the coastal path, a path heads inland to the White Horse pub situated on the coast road.

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Brancaster Staithe Harbour

2

Turn off the coastal path and head inland on the A149, signposted Deepdale Café. Pass the café, turning left into Delgate Lane and follow it towards Downs woods.

3

Follow the road around to the right. You'll see large beech trees growing on the corner. A little further on you come to a crossroads, from here take the footpath around the edge of Barrow Common. You may like to take a slight detour to explore the common, which also makes a nice spot for a picnic. On the common the unusual sight of hundreds of snails can be seen in tree cracks.

4

From the northern edge of Barrow Common, there's a great view over Brancaster and out to sea. Look out for the Second World War wreck of SS Vina, on the end of Scolt Head Island; a coastal steamer that was used for target practice by the RAF, and accidentally sank in 1944. Follow the path to the left and then right, back down to the coast road.

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A view from Brancaster Common Brancaster

5

Take care crossing the main road. You're now at the site of Branodunum Roman Fort where a sign gives information on its history. Having gone around the fort, the path heads off left, through two gates, towards the sea.

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Branodunum omega sign by a 5 bar wooden gate with a grassy field beyond

6

You are now back on the coastal path. Turn right and follow it until you arrive back at Brancaster Staithe Quay car park.

Brancaster Staithe

End:

Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe. PE31 8BW grid ref: TF791443

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Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk Norfolk

Terrain

Mostly flat surfaces with some slopes, some parts can be muddy during winter, so adequate footwear may be necessary. Permissive footpaths are on the edge of farmland beside Delgate Lane to Barrow Common and, when open, these provide a pleasant alternative to walking on the quiet road. Dogs are welcome and should be on leads or under close control.

Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk Norfolk

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Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk Norfolk

How to get here

Address
Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe. PE31 8BW grid ref: TF791443 This area is subject to tidal flooding. Please do not leave your car on the hard-standing as it may be flooded.
By train

King’s Lynn 24 miles (38km), then take Coasthopper bus

By road

A149 Sheringham to King’s Lynn coast road. Limited parking at Brancaster Staithe Quay car park. Check tide times and heights as parking area will flood on a big tide. If you're unsure ring 01263 740241 or the harbour master on 07810 850334. Postcode for Sat Nav: PE31 8BW

By foot

Norfolk Coast Path passes through Brancaster Staithe Quay.

By bus

Norfolk Coasthopper, Sheringham to Hunstanton, alight at the Jolly Sailors pub

By bicycle

Norfolk Coast Cycleway (Regional Route 30) runs along quiet lanes from King’s Lynn to Cromer - it's an easy 1 mile (1.6km) detour to Brancaster

Brancaster Staithe Wildlife walk Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking : Close to Brancaster Staithe Quay car park,
  • Food and drink : Two pubs and a café en-route (not National Trust)
  • WC's : Close to Brancaster Staithe Quay car park.