Fri-Mon Aug 23rd-26th
Jan and Martina
£60 (including supplement) per person for the 3 nights
We have booked dorms at YHA Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast. It is ideally positioned in this lovely seaside resort for visiting Norfolk's heritage coastline of unspoilt award-winning beaches. Boat trips leave from nearby Blakeney to visit the seals, plus there is a steam railway, world renowned bird reserves and glorious National Trust gardens to explore.
For those arriving early, we can explore the beaches and coastline of Sheringham. We plan an easy short walk to Pretty Corner Woods. This has been named as amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the green flag. It features one of the few hills in Norfolk, affording fine views over the coastline in both directions.
The excellent Norfolk Coast Path allows an exhilarating 11 mile walk from Sheringham to Overstrand. Brian will lead the walk following the cliff top path to Beacon Hill the cliffs rise to a height of over 250ft giving great views across both settlements and along the coast. We pass the famous Cromer Pier, one of the finest in the country. The 14th century St Peter & Paul church has a vast stained glass window commemorating Cromer's lifeboat crew, the most decorated in RNLI history. We also see the Cromer lighthouse and can have ice creams at the clifftop cafe before descent to Overstand town. Coastal hopper back to start. Another option is the combined steam train ride with cycle ride return. Jan is arranging this circular trip combining a largely traffic-free cycle ride with a journey on the North Norfolk Railway steam railway from Sheringham to Holt. Cycle ride takes in the picturesque Sheringham Park; we can climb the viewing tower for spectacular views. Holt is a picturesque Georgian market town with many independent shops and a market. Martina is also leading a 7 mile circular walk, collecting geo-caches along the way. Route takes in Sheringham woodland and coasts. Wonderfully varied walk through parkland, fields, woods, and along cliff edge by the sea. Savour the views from the tree-top gazebo and absorb the history and rich variety of trees, bird and animal life. For the fitness fanatics chance to take part in a 5k Park Run at Sheringham Park. The Park Run is rumoured to be one of the toughest runs in the country, so if you like a challenge, this is the one to aim for! The run starts at 9:00am so chance to get back to hostel for start of walks.
We will take a boat trip to see the spectacular seal colony from Blakeney Point. After boarding one of five custom ferries at Morston we head up Morston Creek and out into Blakeney Harbour. Relax and enjoy the beautiful Norfolk Coastline and keep an eye out for resident and migrating birds. As Blakeney Point is one of the most important sites for migrating birds in Europe, there's plenty to see on our way to the seal colony. At end of the peninsula we will see the common and grey seals sunning themselves on the sand. Inquisitive seals will also frequently swim out around the boat. After the boat trip we plan an optional 4 mile coastal walk from Marston to the very scenic village of Cley on the Sea with its historic windmill and tea shops. The coastal Hopper bus service stops at all villages along the coast so we can easily return to Sheringham at any time. Other ideas: Swim out to 'Britain's Great Barrier Reef', the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created in the mesozoic era when dinosaurs roamed. It is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and you can see it by swimming out and snorkeling.
Lots of options: We can take a morning walk around the ruins of Beeston Regis Priory (an English Heritage property on the outskirts of Sheringham), and carry on for a short distance to the absorbing Priory Maze and Gardens (and a great tearoom). Opportunity to visit Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust property, on the way home. One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed the imagination. We can walk around the extensive landscaped gardens. Also can take ride on the Poppy Line (North Norfolk Steam Railway) if missed out earlier. Option to visit Cromer, one of the best examples of a Victorian coastal resort. Award winning pier with pavilion theatre, sandy beaches and surf hire. Cromer crab is a speciality at the beach cafes.
Hostel offers all meals, plus self-catering kitchen. Lots of cafés and pubs nearby.
Train: Services to Sheringham from Liverpool Street. See trainline for details. Reduced fares may be available from 3 months before trip. Lift share may be arranged between people booked (details via Contact Organiser).
YHA Sheringham, 1 Cremers Drift, Sheringham, Norfolk, RG26 8HX