Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster, Norfolk

Walking trail

Wander through Burnham Overy-Staithe, and enjoy beautiful sights of the North Norfolk coast and its wildlife. There is the opportunity to visit Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Overy’s Church of St. Clement with it's Norman tower, and see the National Trust's Tower Mill.

Area details

Burnham Overy Staithe lies on the North Norfolk coast between Holkham and Burnham Norton. 'Staithe' is an Old English word meaning 'landing place', and 'overy' meaning 'over the water'. The original settlement was Burnham Overy Town which lies a mile or so inland and was once a busy port situated on the navigable River Burn. Burnham Overy Staithe has really only been in existence since WW2. From the harbour, there is the opportunity to catch a boat trip to Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve. Like many of the North Norfolk rivers, the River Burn has since silted and declined.


Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk map


The Hero Bar and Restaurant.


From the Hero, turn right, then immediately left down East Harbour Way until you reach Overy Creek. Turn right next to a black-painted house. Go through the gate and then bear left along the waterfront. The raised bank you are now on is part of the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.


Where path along embankment goes 90 degrees left, turn right through gate into marshy meadow of long grass. This area is a Natural England reserve (part of Holkham National Nature Reserve). Go through second gate; cross a stile and then continue along track until reaching the A149. Cross to the lane opposite, and follow this until you’ve passed two fields on the right.


Go through gap at entrance to the third field, which is marked as a footpath. Keep to the right of hedge until reaching a way-marker pointing left, across the middle of the field. Keep going in a straight line, through gaps in the hedges following circular markers with yellow arrows until reaching a dirt lane. Cross the lane, and continue down the track opposite with hedges on either side, towards the Norman tower of Burnham Overy’s Church of St. Clement.

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Passage joining both parts of St. Clement at Burnham Overy


Turn left at end of track onto Mill Road, and take a grass track to the right called Marsh Lane. Go through the gate and into field keeping the River Burn to the left, with the round Saxon tower of Burnham Norton in the distance also to the left, and Burnham Overy Tower Mill straight ahead.

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A typical shot of a Kingfisher which might be seen by the River Burn


Cross the A149 with a pond on your left, and take the public footpath into the next field. Cross a stile and keep the hedge to your right.


In the distance you will see the sails of Burnham Overy Windmill. Cross another stile and turn right onto Norfolk Coast Path until reaching the A149.


The Burnham Overy Tower Mill is now in front of you. The mill is now a National Trust Holiday property and is not usually open to the public.

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Picture of Burnham Overy Tower Windmill on a misty day in September


Turn left at the A149 and follow path beside the road to East Harbour Way on the left until reaching The Hero public house and the end of your walk.


The Hero Bar and Restaurant.

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Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster, Norfolk


Town roads, field paths, grass tracks, stiles, not suitable for push/wheelchairs. Dogs welcome on leads in nature reserves and strict control on farmland. Suitable footwear may be necessary after wet weather.

Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster, Norfolk

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Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster, Norfolk

How to get here

The Hero Bar and Restaurant.
By train

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

By road

A149 Sheringham to King’s Lynn coast road.

By bus


Norfolk Coasthopper, Hunstanton - Wells-next-the Sea. Alight Hero.

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.

Burnham Overy Staithe circular walk, near Brancaster, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: on-street on main road in Burnham Overy-staithe or off-road at harbour.
  • WC’s: none on route (except the Hero).
  • Food and drink: Hero public house