Norfolk’s coast: from Cromer to Cley
Contrary to what the map appears to show – and the bus driver assured me was the case – there isn’t a continuous coastal path west of Cromer to Sheringham (I wasted time trying, driven back to the main road by caravan parks). Hence the inland detour which leads you up into the woods of the National Trust-owned Roman Camp site, where you’ll find the highest point. Gaps in the trees provide fine views on a clear day.
Once back on the coast, just east of Sheringham, it was good to be on the cliff tops at last, though that was soon interrupted by Sheringham itself and a pleasant enough walk along its promenade. West of the town, and finally I was on terrain where I felt most at home. The next two and a half miles of grassy undulating cliff-top walking was, for me, by far the best stretch of the whole Coast Path – and long may it have continued! But not far beyond Weybourne Hope it was shingle for most of the rest of the way. As the tide went out, exposed sand made for easier walking, while a lovely sunset provided a fitting end to what had been, if not the best coastal path, the most satisfying day’s walk of this whole coast.