Total steps: 8
Total steps: 8
To get to the trail start from the visitor centre, follow the red waymarkers which will lead you down Heartbreak Hill to the valley path. The active trail starts at the bench, grid ref: TG136964
From the start, head gently downhill on the woodland valley path. Continue past the former sawmill in a clearing and a line of sweet chestnut trees, at about 0.5km.
In May look out for the handkerchief tree on the right – you will know it if you see.
At approximately 1km, the path bears to the right and towards a split. Take the left path, as marked by the orange arrow, and head on past the pond and down 'Toad Alley' – please tread carefully here during the toad migration season.
Follow the trail as marked to the left over a stream and around the barrier onto Weybourne Heath. Take a right turn at the corner and then follow the trail as it turns left (this point is affectionately known as 'Acott Corner' after one of the Parkrun marshals who is often stationed here). Head on through a plantation of pine trees.
Bear right at the next fork in the path and head up a gradual incline towards the orange 2km marker on the right-hand side.
Views of Weybourne
When you reach the top of this slope, follow the track down to the right and you'll be rewarded with sweeping views of Weybourne Station and out to sea, taking in Weybourne village and church and well as along the coast to the windmill, which was constructed in 1850 and in operation until 1916. In the late 1920's the mill was occupied by J. Sydney Brocklesby, an Arts and Crafts Movement architect responsible for the design of number of houses in the area.
The trail weaves around patches of gorse for the next half kilometre before entering the bluebell wood – which is at its best in April – at around the 3km orange marker. There are some exposed tree roots in this section, so do take care. Head around the barrier that marks the end of Weybourne Heath and along a gradual incline towards the parkland.
At around 3.5km, you will enter through a gate marking the beginning of the main park, the heart of the Humphry Repton landscape. Sheringham Hall, which was designed by Humphry Repton's son John Adey, can be seen on the left. Take the right turn uphill at the split in the path and continue on the surfaced path to the cattle grid. Head through the gate on the left of the grid and bear left at the turn at around the 4km orange marker.
The trail continues to undulate up and down for the final kilometre along the main drive all the way to the finish near the visitor centre.
Old Coastguard Lookout
When you pass the first viewing tower on the right, the first long climb is complete. You will pass a line of ancient oak trees on your left and azalea triangle on your right. Just past this, at 4.5km, the Ling Hut (or 'hairy hut' as it's sometimes affectionately known) is a good place to take a breather and look out to sea towards the Old Coastguard Lookout on Skelding Hill.
The final incline heads along the main drive through the rhododendrons in the wild garden, which in spring provide a riot of uplifting colour. In the last few hundred metres of the trail, you will pass by the impressive smooth Japanese maple on the left and a cluster of silver birch and younger acers on the right, outside the Bower garden. Once you've finished the trail, head to the Courtyard Café for well deserved refreshments.
Bench at the bottom of Heartbreak Hill, grid ref: TG136964
Sheringham Park Visitor Centre, Sheringham Park, Norfolk, NR26 8TL
On the Norfolk Coastal Path.
Sanders Coach route 5 operates a request stop at the main entrance.
National Cycle Network Regional Route 30 is 1.5 miles (2.5km) south of Sheringham Park.
The entrance to Sheringham Park is at junction of A148/B1157.
2 miles (3.2km) south-west of Sheringham.
5 miles (8km) west of Cromer.
6 miles (9.6km) east of Holt.
Dogs must remain on a lead at all times in designated areas and throughout the estate between 1 March and 31 July to protect ground nesting birds.
Parking 60yds from route start (pay and display: £6.50; NT members free).
Toilets near courtyard and at Weybourne Station (when open).
Courtyard Café at Sheringham and buffet at Weybourne Station (when open).
There are five disabled parking spaces in the car park on a hard standing surface, approximately 80 yards from the toilets and the start of the walks.
There are toilets opposite the Courtyard Café, including a left-hand transfer disabled WC. A radar key is required.
There are manual wheelchairs, an all terrain tramper and PMV mobility scooters available to hire on a first come, first served basis. The hire period is 90 minutes and all vehicles must be returned by 4pm at the latest.
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