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A long stretch of shingle beach under a cloudy sky at Salthouse, Norfolk
The shingle beach at Salthouse, Norfolk | © National Trust/Justin Minns

Gramborough Hill and Salthouse circular walk

This circular walk takes you from the village of Salthouse, along a stretch of coastal shingle bank above the beach, and via saltmarsh and heathland habitats. Look and listen out for seasonal birdlife, including snow buntings, nightingales and wading birds such as avocets.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

Bus stop in Salthouse village, grid ref TG07731438512

Step 1

Starting from the bus stop, with Cross Street on your right and the marshes on your left, follow the A149 coast road until you reach Beach Road on your left. Turning onto Beach Road, Gramborough Hill is on the right. Continue until you reach the shingle bank with the beach beyond it.

Step 2

Turn left, keeping the sea on your right. You can walk on either side of the shingle ridge but if you walk on the beach, make sure not to miss the turning at Step 3.

Step 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.

An avocet wading bird at Orford Ness in Suffolk
Look out for wading birds including avocets on Arnold's Marsh | © National Trust Images/Sam Cooper

Step 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 the blue 'Walsey Hills' signpost, marked 'To Salthouse'. Along the path, on the left, steps lead up to a platform with tremendous views across the marshes and out to sea.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Turn left onto the road and continue until you reach a signposted public footpath just before a crossroads. Turn left and go along this path.

Step 7

When you reach the road, turn left down it.

Step 8

Cross the road and turn right at the next public footpath sign onto Salthouse Heath. At the marker post, continue straight on, ignoring the paths on your left. The sea is now down to the left. The wide grassy path winds round until the last left-hand bend takes you onto a road again.

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Distinctively coloured, and scented, gorse flowers | © National Trust Images/Jessica Rogers

Step 9

Go left. You'll see the sea ahead of you 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.

Step 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 sticking to the narrow trodden footpath, and keep dogs under control

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

End point

Bus stop in Salthouse village, grid ref TG07731438512

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk in Norfolk
The Blakeney Gramborough Hill walk in Norfolk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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