Cley-Next-The-Sea - Salthouse - Weybourne - Sheringham - Holt - Leatheringsett - Glandford - Wiveton - Blakeney - Cley-Next-The-Sea

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Starting in Cley-Next-The-Sea, the walk first covers just over a mile from the centre of the village to the shingle beach, using the dyke-top path, from where walkers turn to the right and walk along the beach (North Norfolk Coastal Path) with the sea on the left and the internationally important marshes (area of special scientific interest / nature reserve) on the right for several miles, until the coastal path brings you a little inland at Weybourne. From Weybourne it is possible to join the North Norfolk Heritage Railway to Holt. However, although details for this are given at the relevant waymark, the walk route includes walking to nearby Sheringham before joining the NNR to Holt. (Alternatively, from Sheringham the Coast Hopper bus facilitates an easy return to Cley if you don't want to do the whole walk in one go). Assuming you use the NNR to Holt, the walk then takes in country lanes to the villages of Leatheringsett, Glandford, Wiveton and Blakeney, in each of which points of interest are noted, before rejoing the North Norfolk Coastal Path at Blakeney and returning to Cley along another dyke-top route through more marshland.

The route starts and ends in Cley because that is where I had relatives as a youngster and so know it well, but as it's a circular route it would be very easy to start and end in Salthouse, Kelling, Weybourne, Sheringham, Holt, Leatheringsett, Wiveton or Blakeney, all of which have guest accommodation for holidaymakers. Although details are not given here, it would also be very easy to complete the walk in two sections - Cley to Sheringham (and take the CoastHopper bus back to Cley as mentioned above) and a second, circular, route from Cley to Holt and then back to Cley as detailed here. The walk from Cley to Holt is just under four miles and is mainly uphill. The walk type is given as 'moderate' simply because of the length and the section which is on shingle beach.

One thing to note about Cley, Wiveton and Gladford Churches is that they all have remarkable brasses (which I spent much of my childhood taking rubbings from). If you are a brass-rubbing enthusiast you will find these of interest, but please observe the notices and instructions regarding rubbings, as many of these brasses are badly worn now.

England - East England - Norfolk - Countryside

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