West Runton circular walk, near Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk

Walking trail

This walk details points of interest around beautiful West Runton and Beeston Regis Heaths and woodland. Get great views of the sea and the surrounding countryside, on this circular walk.

Walk West Runton

The perfect place for a breezy walk along, or up and down the hills of Norfolk. Open all year from dawn to dusk. Suitable for experienced walkers. Not suitable for buggies and/or wheelchairs.


Map route for West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath trail


National Trust car park off Sandy Lane, grid ref: TG184414


Start at the car park, walk directly behind the car park and head towards a viewing area (with seats).

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First direction marker at start of the trail at West Runton showing cairn and flagpole


Now return to the car park and turn right along the gravelled path looking out for another viewing area to the right (again with 2 seats). This area (at Beacon Hill) is known as Roman Camp.

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Point 2 on West Runton Circular walk


Return to the track, turn right, and continue along until you reach a path 'cross road' junction. You will see a cairn on your right. Turn right past the cairn and then shortly afterwards turn left onto another path, leading on to West Runton Heath.

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West Runton Circular walk point 3


Continue along this path (in the direction shown by a red arrow on a post) until you reach an area known as Pine Heath. When you reach a 'T' junction near to a seat and to a post marked 9 and 10, turn left, and go downhill down a steep 'stepped path'.

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Going downhill at point 4 on West Runton circular walk


At the bottom of the steps turn right to walk to 'Calves Well Lane'. This is a 'green' lane and can be quite muddy in places. Now turn left here and continue on alongside 'Hillside' animal sanctuary.

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West Runton Calves Well Lane at point 5


Look out for the second signpost marking the Norfolk Coast Path junction. Turn left. You are now entering a wooded area called Beeston Regis Heath. Head up this path until reaching a marker post marked 12 and turn right, keeping the post on your left . Continue on this path until reaching a branch in the path and take the left hand fork and look out for another post marked 13.

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Sign post at point 6 on West Runton Circular walk


Keep to the left and after a short way at another branch in the path take the right hand fork. You are now approaching Stone Hill.

Point 7 on West Runton Circular walk showing an image approaching Stone Hill


Keeping to the left (avoiding another right hand branch) walk up to the viewing area and the cairn. On a fine day sit on the seat here and enjoy the wonderful views across to Sheringham and the coast. Now very carefully, keeping to the right of the cairn, head down a very steep path until again reaching Calves Well Lane, for the homeward leg of the walk. Turn right, and (passing points 6 and 5 again), continue for approximately 1 mile (1.5km) along the lane which can be very muddy. Look out for Calves Well Pond on the right which can appear stagnant.

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Cairn at the top of Stone Hill


Then avoid any paths to the right until reaching Heath Farm on the right, and turn right following the signed path running alongside the Renwick Park housing estate, which will be on your left.

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Heath Farm at point 9 on West Runton Circular walk


Avoiding the first, second and third paths that will be found on the right, take the fourth path (signed MP1) which climbs quite steeply uphill, until reaching the car park and the end of your walk.


National Trust car park off Sandy Lane, grid ref: TG184414

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West Runton circular walk, near Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk


Hilly, undulating and uneven, tree roots, ladder paths. Unsuitable for push or wheelchairs. There is a relatively smooth and flat track adjacent to the car park. May be very muddy and slippery in wet weather. Suitable footwear essential. Dogs welcome under close control, but please keep on leads during March to September to prevent disturbance to the many ground-nesting birds on the heathland.

West Runton circular walk, near Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk

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West Runton circular walk, near Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk

How to get here

West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath, Roman Camp, West Runton, Norfolk NR27 9ND
By train

West Runton 1½ miles (2.4km); Sheringham 2½ miles (4km); Cromer 2½ miles (4km)

By road

2½ miles (4km) south-east of Sheringham and 2 miles (3.2km) approximately west of Cromer. Approaching on the A148 from Cromer, turn right opposite the Roman Camp Inn. The entrance (off Sandy Lane) is about 850 yards (777m) on the left and is signposted

By foot

1¾ miles (2.8km) from West Runton up Sandy Lane to the top, passing West Runton railway station

By bus

Holt to Cromer services numbers 4 and 5 (Sanders Coaches) pass Sandy Lane, Aylmerton

By bicycle

Regional Route 30 runs about 1½ miles (2.4km) to the south. Visit the Sustrans website for details

West Runton circular walk, near Sheringham and Cromer, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets : Not on site. Public toilets in East Runton, West Runton, Sheringham and Cromer
  • Parking : At property
  • Food and drink : Picnic area