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Oaks in the parkland at sunset on the Felbrigg Estate
Felbrigg Estate is the starting point for the walk | © National Trust Images / Rob Coleman

Norfolk's mountain walk from Felbrigg Estate

Discover a 16-mile circular walk through countryside, parkland and along the coast with total gradients of 1140ft, the equivalent of a small mountain. The walk starts and finishes at Felbrigg Hall, visiting Sheringham and Weybourne on the way.

Uneven ground

Please wear appropriate footwear for this longer walk.

Total steps: 19

Total steps: 19

Start point

Felbrigg Hall main car park, grid ref: TG196395

Step 1

From the information board in the car park, take the footpath to the right following the purple route. Keep following the purple route, which passes through the Victory 'V' plantation until you meet a large beech tree with several paths leading away from it. Take the small path downhill just to the left hand side of the beech (which effectively means continue straight on from the purple route), and this takes you down towards the Lions Mouth exit.

The Victory V woodland plantation at Felbrigg, Norfolk
The Victory V plantation at Felbrigg | © National Trust Images/Justin Minns

Step 2

Turn left at the cross-paths, heading downhill until you meet the lane at the top of the Lions Mouth. Cross the lane and then cross the main road (A148), taking care. Take the road (Tower Road) just to the left which is a No Entry road for vehicles. Keep on the road as there is no public access in the woodland. You will pass a water tower on your right. At the entrance to West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath, turn right and continue straight on following the public footpath (yellow sign) which takes you down through the woodland.

Step 3

At the kissing gate carry on diagonally across the field, following the footpath towards the kissing gate in the distance (there maybe cattle grazing in this field). Go through the kissing gate. At the cross-paths keep straight following the bridleway though the woodland. As the woodland ends, cross the stile which is sharp to your left. Incleborough Hill will be on your left.

Step 4

At the cross-paths turn left, following the public footpath sign and go up the steps through the gate onto Incleborough Hill. Continue up the steps following the path to your right over the top of the hill.

Step 5

Carry on down the steps and at the kissing gate turn left. With the entrance to the caravan park on your left cross over the track and continue straight following the path. Take care at this point as the route passes through the Golf Club. Keep right following the signs for the public footpath, (at the caravan park entrance) note Town Hill, to your left. At the end of the footpath cross over the road and keep right down Calves Well Lane.

Step 6

At the sharp bend follow it to the right along the wider track following Calves Well Lane. Follow the track past Calves Well pond on your left (not too obvious in dry conditions) and then stay right following the fenced field on your right. At the crossroads turn right alongside the field following the Norfolk Coastal Path. When you come to the tarmac road, bear left keeping the cottages on your right until you meet the coast road (A149). Cross the road with care and head left then take the right turn at the dead-end sign following the Norfolk Coastal Path (Sheringham 1¼ miles). Cross over the North Norfolk railway line and Beeston Bump will be in front of you.

Step 7

Go through the gate keeping to the main path and then take the second path right this will be at a 10 o’clock position. This path passes the Beeston Regis Nature Trail information board and leads to the base of Beeston Bump. Continue up the steps to the top of Beeston Bump. Continue down the steps on the other side of Beeston Bump. Sheringham will be in front of you.

Step 8

At the base of the hill turn right at Beeston Hills putting green and take the ramp down to the sea front. Turn left keeping the sea on your right. Go along the sea front (there are toilets here to your left.) Continue along the sea front, passing Sheringham Museum. You will reach a long ramp on your left (opposite the ‘Wreck of Ispolen’ information board), go up the ramp and under the arch passing some more toilets. Turn sharp right and continue walking with the sea to your right. Stay on the path and head towards the model boating lake.

Step 9

Follow the path signposted Norfolk Coastal Path and Weybourne. Walk along the cliffs with the sea on your right. Walk over Skelding Hill and past Sheringham Coast Watch Tower, passing the golf course on your left and onto Sheringham Park Estate.

Step 10

At the Sheringham Park sign keep straight on (joining the Sheringham Park Red Walk) then take the next left turn, following the path inland continue over the railway bridge. At the end of the track the coast road (A149) is in front of you but turn right keeping the road to your left and when the track meets the road, cross over the road and go through the gate. Continue straight on along the track, passing a pill box on your left, until you reach the gazebo sign on your left.

Step 11

Follow the sign up the gazebo and head up to the top to enjoy spectacular views, then return to the bottom turning left to continue on the path you were on. At the end of the field turn left through the gate and into the parkland of Sheringham Park. When you meet the tarmac path, turn right and follow the main path to the Courtyard Café.

Cattle grazes in front of Sheringham Hall, Norfolk
Cattle grazing at Sheringham Hall, Norfolk | © National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

Step 12

Please stop and make use of the facilities at the Sheringham Park Visitor Centre (toilets, Courtyard Café and second-hand bookshop). Retrace your steps back onto the main path and follow the Orange Walk (passing The ‘Bower’ garden on your left). This walk turns right off the main path and then down some steps (the area before you go down the steps is where Humphry Repton originally wanted to place the Temple).

Step 13

Continue down the steps, following the orange walk to the Temple. Carry on to the left of the Temple down to the main path, turn right and over the cattle grid. At the junction continue straight and then at the second junction carry on straight (signpost Sheringham 1¼ miles).

Step 14

Go past the church on your right and at the sharp left bend cross the road to Cranfield Road. Immediately turn left down the public footpath called Butts Lane. At the end of Butts Lane cross over the road and turn right alongside the main road. At the 50mph sign turn left into The Plains (Pretty Corner) and walk across the field staying to the left side. Enter the woodland following the orange arrows, continue along the path, when the orange signs point right keep straight on and follow the green arrows past the pond on your left.

Step 15

At the T-junction, with a sweet chestnut tree and two small paths in front, turn left and keep walking with a small building (the Water Works) to the right. Join a minor road and then turn right off the road down the public footpath. At the fork keep left and then right over a small bridge crossing a stream. At the T-junction keep left and you will enter Beeston Common Heathland. Keep to the right and stay right past the pill box, taking the path to the right. You will pass a pond on the left and houses on the right. Follow the path keeping the houses to your right. At the fork stay right and take the next path on the right and continue to keep the houses to your right.

Step 16

Go up three steps and turn left onto Caxton Park. Turn right onto Abbey Park and then into Priory Close. As you come out of Priory Close you will come to Britons Lane. Cross over the road onto the footpath, and go right, which is uphill (passing the entrance to Hillside Road to the right). At the end of the footpath turn left onto a track on Beeston Regis Heath and continue up Stone Hill.

Step 17

Follow the path away from the back of the seat bearing left and then fork immediately right until you meet a barbed wire fence, then turn left. Keep following the path around the quarry with the barbed wire fence to your right. Walk between two fences making sure you continue following the original fence line around the quarry. At the fork in the path turn left heading towards the main A148. Meet the A148 road and cross over. Carry straight on down Benningtons Lane.

Step 18

Keep walking passing a telegraph pole on your left. Continue along the path and at the third opening in the left-hand side hedge, take a left turn (which is just before the second telegraph pole). Follow the path, keeping the field to your left and the hedge to your right. Turn left at end of this field, and then right into the next field. Carry on straight ahead skirting a further two fields on your right.

Step 19

Carry on to The Close and at the end turn left. Turn right down The Street, Aylmerton. When you meet a road joining from the left go through the kissing gate in front of you, following the public footpath sign. Follow the path through two more gates and then keep left. When you reach the hard track turn right toward Felbrigg Hall and the car park. Enjoy the facilities here, including the hall itself and the Squire's Pantry Café.

End point

Felbrigg Hall main car park, grid ref: TG196395

Trail map

Trail map for Felbrigg's Norfolk mountain walk
Trail map for Felbrigg's Norfolk mountain walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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