Saturday, 21 November 2015

Coastal Walk From Beeston Regis to West Runton, Norfolk

A juvenile Black Headed Gull enjoying the Autumn sunshine.

Walking along the coastal path here you get glimpses of the beach, but don't get to close to the edge, there is a lot of coastal erosion happening here.

You do get a lovely view across the North Sea from here.

Beeston Regis's All Saints Church silhouetted in the afternoon sunshine.

Our shadows peering over the edge.

I think this might be an Aniseed Toadstool .

We have now reached the centre of the village of West Runton, the village sign represents some of the things that the village is famous for.  The depiction of a Woolly Mammoth relates to the discovery of a Steppe Mammoth skeleton on the West Runton beach in 1995, an ancestor of the Woolly Mammoth,  This skeleton was the oldest Mammoth to be found in the UK so far and the most complete skeletal remains of this species found in the world so far.

West Runton is also the home of Hillside Animal and Shire Horse Sanctuary.

The other pictures represent West Runton as a typical English Holiday village.

West Runton is one of many English villages which still has a village green and this one has a lovely Bed and Breakfast and Tea Rooms overlooking the village sign and rare red telephone box housed on the green.

And just in case you forget which village you are in, one of the distinctive Carstone constructed houses has the villages name on its wall and I love the design of the gable end wall.  The garden wall is also of traditional flint and brick construction.

This is an elegant way of incorporating the villages War Memorial into the structure of the villages elegant wall with the Holy Trinity Church guarding it.  The main inscription is very simple but spot on 'They were a wall unto us, both by day and night'.

Holy Trinity Church style is typical long flint and stone construction of the 12th Century.  The tradition of this church is mainly Anglo Catholic.  The church bell dates back to 1715.

The Lychgate was added during the Victorian Period, originally closer to the road. The term Lych comes from the Saxon word for corpse (dead body), the lych gate was traditionally a place where corpse bearers carried the body of a deceased person and laid it on a communal bier (stand used to carry the body to the church).

We are now walking along the coastal road back towards Beeston Regis passing over a narrow railway bridge.  We have often see buses meeting on the top of this bridge where they have to maneuver around each other very carefully.  Which is surprising when you look along the railway line and see how incredibly straight it is.

On the way back we made a slight detour to All Saints Church at Beeston Regis, up until now we have only seen the church from Back Common.  Unfortunately it was closed, a common unfortunate stage with most churches these days, which is a great shame as apparently it is beautiful inside, a contrast to the very plain exterior, maybe next time.

The church dates back to around the 14th Century although it was extensively renovated in the 19th Century, not necessarily for the best.

From the Church we followed a narrow path which runs alongside the railway line to Back Common.

The Holm Oak is still showing lots of delicate acorns.  The Holm Oak is an evergreen broad leafed tree native to the Mediterranean.

I think this mushroom is a Bolbitius vitellinus, widespread in Britain growing on or in dung-enriched meadows. As it matures it develops a bright yellow centre and splits at the margin.  It is not edible.

I have not been able to identify this mushroom, I assume that it is possibly a mature one due to the brown edges.

The Common has a lot of Hawthorn growing around it and this time of year the bushes are covered with these seed heads of the The Wild Clematis, Clematis vitalba, also known as Old Man's Beard or Travellers Joy.

Here you can see the seed heads once the tendrils have dropped off.

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