Sheringham - Beeston Bump - Beeston Priory - Sheringham

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This lovely little stroll shows off all the interesting features of Sheringham in the space of about two hours. It starts off just along the A149 at a pay-and-display car park by Sheringham Train Station, where you will find the North Norfolk Steam Railway. The trains are a major attraction to the seaside town and worth a proper look around! You can even tie in a little return trip from Sheringham to Holt before or after the walk; you can find details of times and prices here: http://www.nnrailway.co.uk/

From the steam railway the route heads down the busy and bustling high street of Sheringham, where you will find a wide selection of shops and fish-bars and also the famous Sheringham Little Theatre. If the theatre suits you then you can find all the information you need here: http://sheringhamlittletheatre.com/

From the town centre the route heads to the coastal walkway and follows it east until it picks up a footpath that takes you to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the whole of Norfolk - Beeston Bump. The hill is a mere 63m (207ft) above sea level but offers breath-taking views down the coast in both directions and also to the higher ground of Beeston Regis just inland. To the west you can see as far as the spur of land near Blakeney Point and to the east you will see Cromer Church towering above the popular seaside town.

After descending the hill the route heads towards a stunning ruin of Beeston Priory, dedicated to St Mary. The priory was founded in 1216 by Margery de Cressy and was dedicated to St Mary in the Meadow and unlike many small houses of the Augustinian Order, Beeston Priory was independent. The ruins are owned by English Heritage and are free to explore, with a couple of information boards around displaying what the structure would have looked like many hundreds of years ago and also a diagram of what walls actually remain (which are quite substantial!)

England - East England - Norfolk - Coast

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife

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