Cromer, Felbrigg Hall and Beeston Regis Heath (38379)
Believe it or not, there are a few hills in Norfolk! This walk takes in the Norfolk countryside around the historic Felbrigg Hall. Then it's up to Beeston Regis Heath, where there are some great views of the North Norfolk coastline.
This is a circular walk starting and ending at Cromer Railway station.
The route will take us from Cromer across the Norfolk countryside to Felbrigg Hall, a 17th centrury Grade I listed country house owned by the National Trust. Although there won't be time to walk round the house, the walk will pass through the grounds and we'll stop for a short time outside the main entrance.
From there we'll walk through the village of Aylmerton and up to Beeston Regis Heath. There is a viewpoint here that has views of nearby Sheringham, and on a clear day you can see right along the North Norfolk coastline.
We'll then walk through the wooded area of the heath along a ridge to an area known locally as the Roman Camp and nearby Beacon Hill, officially the highest point in Norfolk at a whopping 102m above sea level! From there, we'll drop down to the village of East Runton and follow the coastline back to the pier at Cromer.
At the end of the walk, we'll end up in one of Cromer's pubs for a drink.
Photo of Beeston Regis Heath, copyright Kolforn (Wikimedia user) and used under Creative Commons license.
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & Drink
Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water and food to last you the duration of the walk, as there will be limited opportunities to buy anything during the walk.
At the end of the walk, we will visit a pub in Cromer town centre for a drink. Depending on the pace of the walk, there may also be an opportunity to visit a pub for a quick refreshment stop during the walk.
Meeting & Times
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