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Norfolk Coast Path has had a growth spurt!

The Norfolk Coast Path has grown by 25 miles, as of 12th December 2014, which marked the official opening of Norfolk’s first stretch of the England Coast Path.

This new section of path goes from Weybourne to Sea Palling along the north-east coast of Norfolk.

Originally starting at Hunstanton and ending in Cromer, the Norfolk Coast Path forms the 93 mile  National Trail that incorporates Peddars Way.

Now, the Norfolk Coast Path alone runs for a whopping 63 miles from Hunstanton to Sea Palling

Norfolk Coast Path England Coast Path officially opened

Norfolk Coast Path- Stretch 1 England Coast Path officially opened by north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb cutting the ribbon

At Trimmingham: Sponsored Walk by the Coastguard team (Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Happisburgh)

At Trimingham: Sponsored Walk by the Coastguard team (Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Happisburgh)

On the launch day the Coastguard teams from Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Happisburgh, who respond to emergency calls along the coast, took part in a sponsored walk where they raised over £1000 for the charity Guide dogs for the Blind.

It is a fascinating trail for walkers as it passes through unique coastal towns and villages, across cliff top paths and beach walks. Dogs are welcome on the trail but please ensure they are under close control, especially when walking close to nature reserves.

The Norfolk coast has a history stretching back hundreds of thousands of years and you can still glimpse into the past when walking passed the spectacular geology and history along the trail.

When walking through Happisburgh, along the beach, look up and you will see the glacial beds of the cliff formed between 700,000 and 900,000 years ago.

The earliest footprints have also been discovered on Happisburgh beach, identifying the oldest evidence of humans outside Africa’s Rift Valley. The footprints are approximately 900,000 years old left by Norfolk’s first visitors!

At West Runton, the most complete fossil of the oldest mammoth skeleton was discovered. Read more about Norfolk Coast ‘Deep History’ here.

There are some fantastic places to visit along the coast: Sheringham Park, a Roman Camp, a number of beautiful churches, WWII archaeology, Happisburgh’s red-and-white striped lighthouse…and so much more.

Happisburgh red-and-white striped lighthouse and a WWII pill box

Happisburgh red-and-white striped lighthouse and a WWII pill box

Visit the website and download the pdf maps of the linear walks to see what else you can discover along the way.

The Norfolk coast is easy to get to with excellent public transport links – so you can leave the car behind!

Read the Press Release which marked the launch of the new stretch of Norfolk’s England Coast Path.

Read the article about the launch on the East Anglian Daily Press website

That’s it for now….until the next stretch from Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea opens which is expected in later 2015.


by Alice @ Norfolk Trails

3 comments on “Norfolk Coast Path has had a growth spurt!

  1. stravaigerjohn
    December 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Over The Hills and commented:
    The more Norfolk coast path the better.

  2. Ash
    December 20, 2014

    I would really like to explore this coastal path. This article has just convinced me to try & get over there next year.

  3. norfolktrails
    December 30, 2014

    Really glad you enjoyed the article, Ash. We hope you do get a chance to visit. Let us know how you get on if you do.

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