Sunday, 22 November 2015

Coastal Walk from Sheringham to Weybourn, Norfolk

On a particularly beautiful sunny November day we went for a walk starting from the seafront in Sheringham heading to Weybourn.  A Cormorant was making the most of the warm sunshine from its vantage point.

One of our favourite cafes in Sheringham, is the Funky Mackerel Cafe, their flapjacks are amazing and we did have quite a walk ahead of us, so we had to stop for a coffee and flapjack of course.

There are some lovely paintings along the seafront wall, this one particularly caught my eye, it is in two parts as it turns the corner.

My husband blended in really well with the fishermen.

We walked along the seafront as far as we could, repairs are still being carried out to the promenade, after last years terrible storms.  So we made our way up the stairs to the path that runs along the top of the cliffs and then follows the cliffs alongside the golf course.

The small flag on top of the hill flies over the Old Coast Guard  Look Out (Watch Tower) on Skelding Hill, which is where we are heading too.

Here we are looking back towards the town of Sheringham, it will be quite some time before we see housing again.

Walkers along the path are not permitted onto the Golf Course, maybe this to allow golfers to rescue their wayward golf balls?

It is amazing how far you can see on a clear day, after walking along the edge of the golf course at eye level we now get to see down on it.  Sheringham Golf Club was formed in 1891 as a 9 hole course, later in 1898 it was extended to an 18 hole course.

You certainly get some stunning views while you are playing this golf course.  We are now standing on top of Skelding Hill, which is 52m or 170ft above sea level .  This was a strategic look out during the 2nd World Wall due to this section of coast having relatively deep inshore water which would have allowed vessels to get close to shore.  The beach here had land mines and barbed wire all along it.

Weather permitting watchers from the tower can see over 23km or 14 miles offshore.  To the North there is no land between here and the Arctic.  There are several benches on this side of the hill to admire the view and take a well earned rest.

I read that during the Second World War it is said that 'One of the two large navel guns that which were place on the hill here was given a test firing and the vibration caused a large section of cliff to fall.

Well onward, and in this case for the moment, downward.  The next buildings we will come across are the white ones that can just be seen in the background.

In this zoomed in shot you can see the coastal path winding along the cliffs.  I wonder how long this path will be here before it falls over the edge due to coastal erosion?

Here you get to see more of the beach along this stretch.

Looking back up part of Skelding Hill you can see the path that we have been walking down.  The coastal path is fairly easy to walk, with just the occasional steep section, with gravel underfoot.

Just for a change, after towering above the beach, we are now very close to sea level.  These areas allow you access on and off the beach, which is good as the sea here is tidal and people do get caught out and suddenly realise the tide is coming in much faster than they had realised.

We are finding lots of mushrooms during our walks.  I think this one maybe a Parasol Mushroom, a common species, found in well-drained soil.

The bright yellow flowers of the Gorse, as these are still flowering in November this suggest that this Gorse is Western Gorse as the Common Gorse flowers during the Summer.

You can just about see the Watch Tower perched on top of Skelding Hill in the far right of this picture.

Another mushroom, which I have yet to identify.

The houses are getting closer.

We have just passed through a section of the coastal path, which is part of Sheringham Park and looked after by the National Trust.

I have mentioned coastal erosion in several of my blog posts about this area of coast and here you get a view of it in action.  You can clearly see where this section of land has started to slip away, it won't be long before strong waves wash away more of the material holding this section of land up.

We came across this small memorial on the path, I wonder who this person was, possibly a regular walker along this path.

We have passed the houses that we have been walking towards, we can now see the car-park on the coast which we are heading towards which will take us along the road to the village of Weybourn.

Here we see more evidence of the World War 2 defences.

This fishing boat looks to me like it is lovingly looking at the sea wishing it was out there and not parked on the shore.

We have now reached the end of coastal path walk, for today and we will head through the car-park and along the road leading back to the village of Weybourn.  In the car-park there is a sign from the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority advising fisherman on the rules and regulations for fishing in this area to help manage the marine environment.

There is also a warning sign for a nasty little fish that lurks just under the surface of the sand to catch out people enjoying the sea with bare feet, so beware!  A friend of ours in Turkey stood on one of these and as it says on the poster it is an incredibly painful thing to do, although the pain is short lived and there are no lasting effects.

Well we have arrived in the village of Weybourn, time for a spot of lunch after our 5 mile walk.  At the end of the road from the car-park we came across Bun Teas Tearoom, with a very bubbly, friendly lady owner.  We had used our mobile phone to track our walk and as we were talking about the battery running low on the phone she offered to put it on charge for us while we had our lunch.  I would highly recommend the roast turkey, hot bacon and salad bap, it was enormous and very tasty with a large pot of tea.  And an added bonus was that the walled garden trapped the warmth of the November sun and we were able to sit outside and have lunch.

We were fortunate that my Mum and Dad live in Sheringham, just a few minutes down the road so my Dad came to pick us up.  So we made our way to the church where he was going to pick us up.

I just had to time to take a couple of shots of the church which stands in the centre of the village. The Priory Church Of All Saints was the church of a major Priory, remains of the Priory still remain today.  It is recorded that the 13th Century Priory sat on the site of an earlier Saxon Church.  The Church that you see today dates from around the 14th Century.

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