walkhighlands

Norfolk Coast Path: [1] Kings Lynn - Hunstanton

Date walked: 30/12/2019

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 11.5km

Ascent: 35m

Norfolk Coast Path: [1] Kings Lynn - Hunstanton

This report the is the first of four that I'll be uploading covering the Norfolk Coast Path/England Coast Path:

Norfolk Coast Path: [1] Kings Lynn - Hunstanton
Norfolk Coast Path: [2] Hunstanton - Cromer
Norfolk Coast Path: [3] Cromer - Happisburgh
Norfolk Coast Path: [4] Happisburgh - Hopton-on-Sea

Currently, there are some sections at the extremities that have yet to be finalised (due later this year, 2020, although there is scant evidence of progress south of the Snettisham RSPB reserve.) I've discussed the current state of play as I've found it, including making use of the Iceni Way/Walsingham Way between Kings Lynn and Snettisham.

Norfolk Coast Path: [1] Kings Lynn - Hunstanton

King's Lynn to Snettisham Pits

Currently the only official continuous footpath from Kings Lynn to Snettisham follows the coincident section of the Iceni Way/Walsingham Way to Castle Rising (excellent village and castle - well worth a visit), and from there the Iceni Way to Sandringham and Dersingham (also very much worth visits in their own right) before following a north-westerly route to almost the southernmost of the Snettisham RSPB Reserve pits. It's a very worthwhile, if seldom walked, route, but couldn't be called a coastal path by any stretch of the imagination. I suspect that the intrepid could find a much more coastal route but I wouldn't recommend trying it until the rights of way issues, way-marking and paths are sorted out. It's very remote, prone to flooding and outside people aren't particularly welcome (rural crime is a real issue in remote parts of the county). I've explored some of it as far as I'm able, (it used to be a good place to see Montague's Harriers) and I've been out there with my SAR Dog and the local rescue team. At present best left for the locals who work and live there and know it well. When the Coast Path is sorted, I'll walk it and update my report.

At the present time the route from Dersingham brings you to the RSPB Snettisham Reserve where the bird-watching is absolutely outstanding, especially on the pits during winter high tides when thousands of waders roost there. In addition, sea duck, scarcer species of Grebe and divers may be present in winter.

This inland route (not currently marked on O/S maps) is about 15 miles/25 kms in length, however, John Merrill does an excellent little guide to the Walsingham Way (recommended) which would guide you as far as Castle Rising*.
The Ramblers Association published a guide to the Iceni Way (ISBN 1 901184 641) which is also excellent, but probably currently out of print. Again, I'd recommend it if you can get hold of a copy.
O/S Explorer Map 250 Norfolk Coast West covers all this section.

*I have done a Walk Highlands report "Walsingham Way: Kings Lynn to Walsingham" which might be useful for the section from Kings Lynn to Castle Rising.

Snettisham RSPB Reserve to Heacham

This section of the Norfolk coast has been part of the Iceni Way, an 84 mile westerly route from Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton, since 1998. As an established coastal path this section is very likely to be adopted as part of the England Coast Path due to be completed in 2020.

There are two clear alternatives between Snettisham Beach and Heacham.
The most obvious is to follow the beach all the way. Great for the dogs, possibly a little exposed and, exceptionally, does flood, but a good walk with "big skies".

web_7387.jpg
The beach route

The other alternative runs a few hundred meters inland along the tops of the sea defenses. Although exposed, it offers a safer bad weather alternative to walking along the beach. Extensive wetland management is taking place here as part of the Ken Hills Estate Wetland Enhancement and Restoration Project. I've walked the section around Snettisham pits on many occasions, especially in the winter months, when the bird watching can be spectacular. (On this walk the highlight was two Rough-legged Buzzards, but egrets, wildfowl and waders were also present.)
Frankly, the inland route probably has more interest, but it comes down to personal preference. The circular route (about 5.5 miles/9 kms) is excellent.
web_7392 Ken Hills Estate Wetland Project.jpg
Ken Hills Estate Wetland Project

web_7382 Inland route along the flood defences.jpg
Inland route along the flood defenses

web_7379 Approaching Heacham.jpg
Approaching Heacham


The round trip from Heacham South Beach to Snettisham, which I completed on 30.12.2019, is about 5.3 miles/8.5 kms Ascent +/- 10m (allow about two hours for the round trip)

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Heacham to Hunstanton

Less than 50m up the road from the start of the promenade at Heacham South Beach [TF 66350 37474] is a fish and chip shop on the left. As it serves the local community as well as holiday makers it is often open when other facilities are not. In my opinion, it is well worth a visit if you are hungry or want a hot drink, it is nearly three miles to Hunstanton from here and there may be nothing else open until you reach it. For what it's worth, I thought my cod and chips was excellent (and my dogs seemed very happy with their sausage!)

From Heacham South Beach [TF 66350 37474] there is concrete promenade all the way to Hunstanton, however dogs have to be kept on leads on much of the promenade and are not allowed on Hunstanton Beach from the beginning of May until the end of September.

An evening walk does, however, afford the opportunity of a fine sunset over the sea at high tide (something not normally available on England's East Coast, but this coast faces west!)

The round trip from Hunstanton to Heacham on 26.09.2018. Length: 5.75 miles/9 km Ascent: +/-25m (c. 1 hour each way). Heacham to Hunstanton: 2.82 miles/4.53 km

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



King's Lynn to Hunstanton is, in total, probably little more than 20 miles walking at present, but it felt much further than that. I've no doubt many could do it in just one day but some of the going (mud/sand/overgrown) is hard work.
The distance recorded just represents my additional, personal total: 11.5 kms / 7 miles (Walsingham Way is recorded elsewhere)

Click to mark this as a great report. Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Suffolk: Coast Path and Sandlings Walk Circular Route 1

Attachment(s) Date walked: 20/11/2019
Distance: 23.5km
Ascent: 185m
Views: 81


Angles Way 4. Beccles - Great Yarmouth

Attachment(s) Date walked: 11/11/2019
Distance: 45km
Ascent: 200m
Views: 124


Norfolk: Weaver's Way - Cromer to Stalham

This post is not published on the Walkhighlands forum
Attachment(s) Date walked: 24/10/2019
Distance: 52km
Ascent: 296m
Views: 39


Norfolk & Cambs: The Fen Rivers Way

This post is not published on the Walkhighlands forum
Attachment(s) Date walked: 02/10/2019
Distance: 80km
Views: 31


Suffolk Coast Path 3: Southwold - Hopton-on-Sea

Attachment(s) Date walked: 20/09/2019
Distance: 34km
Ascent: 150m
Comments: 2
Views: 287


Suffolk: East Suffolk Line Walks 10. Saxmundham to Melton

Attachment(s) Date walked: 22/08/2019
Distance: 26km
Ascent: 200m
Views: 231


Norfolk: Bure Valley Way Circular: [2] Oxnead and Brampton

This post is not published on the Walkhighlands forum
Attachment(s) Date walked: 18/08/2019
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 30m
Views: 208


Llangollen Canal: 1 Horseshoe Falls - Ellesmere

Attachment(s) Date walked: 28/07/2019
Distance: 57km
Ascent: 160m
Comments: 2
Views: 652


Lake District: Scafell Pike

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Scafell Pike
Hewitts: Scafell Pike
Date walked: 18/07/2019
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 1005m
Views: 287

jonathan - norfolk


Activity: Mountain Walker
Mountain: Kilimanjaro
Place: Glencoe
Member: MTA; LDWA; Norfolk Wildlife Trust; RSPB; National Trust
Ideal day out: Epic ridge walk

Munros: 94
Corbetts: 10
Grahams: 9
Donalds: 11
Wainwrights: 175
Hewitts: 233
Islands: 2



Filter reports


Statistics

2019

Trips: 24
Distance: 737.25 km
Ascent: 10900m
Hewitts: 20
Wainwrights 12

2018

Trips: 35
Distance: 542.75 km
Ascent: 15498m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 5
Donalds: 3
Hewitts: 14
Wainwrights 30

2017

Trips: 7
Distance: 99.5 km
Ascent: 1615m
Wainwrights 4

2016

Trips: 22
Distance: 385.35 km
Ascent: 9671m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 3
Hewitts: 8
Wainwrights 5

2015

Trips: 28
Distance: 1375.7 km
Ascent: 28462m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 4
Hewitts: 10
Wainwrights 14

2014

Trips: 40
Distance: 466.7 km
Ascent: 19896m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Hewitts: 38
Wainwrights 32

2013

Trips: 18
Distance: 263 km
Ascent: 14550m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 21
Wainwrights 11

2012

Trips: 5
Distance: 70.5 km
Ascent: 4870m
Munros: 5
Hewitts: 7
Wainwrights 10

2011

Trips: 11
Distance: 133.1 km
Ascent: 9065m
Munros: 9
Hewitts: 14
Wainwrights 4

2010

Trips: 10
Distance: 130 km
Ascent: 9130m
Munros: 9
Hewitts: 17

2009

Trips: 12
Distance: 146 km
Ascent: 10612m
Munros: 15
Hewitts: 11

2005

Trips: 3
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 731m
Munros: 1
Hewitts: 2
Wainwrights 3

1991

Trips: 9
Distance: 129 km
Ascent: 12592m
Munros: 6
Hewitts: 28

1990

Trips: 4
Distance: 45.5 km
Ascent: 4092m
Munros: 2
Hewitts: 7

1989

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1000m
Hewitts: 2

1986

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 992m
Hewitts: 3

1985

Trips: 1
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 1150m
Hewitts: 4

1984

Trips: 2
Distance: 76 km
Ascent: 2492m
Hewitts: 3

1981

Trips: 7
Distance: 82.2 km
Ascent: 8440m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 13
Wainwrights 2

1980

Trips: 9
Distance: 91 km
Ascent: 7350m
Hewitts: 17
Wainwrights 8

1979

Trips: 1
Distance: 6.8 km
Ascent: 780m
Hewitts: 1

1978

Trips: 8
Distance: 86.5 km
Ascent: 7233m
Hewitts: 18

1977

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 992m
Hewitts: 3

1976

Trips: 3
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2592m
Hewitts: 9

1975

Trips: 2
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 1700m
Hewitts: 2
Wainwrights 1

1974

Trips: 4
Distance: 52.5 km
Ascent: 5015m
Hewitts: 17

1973

Trips: 7
Distance: 592.4 km
Ascent: 10327m
Donalds: 1
Hewitts: 29
Wainwrights 16

1968

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 610m
Hewitts: 1


Joined: Aug 03, 2013
Last visited: Jan 22, 2020
Total posts: 285 | Search posts